Law & Politics

Are cardboard boxes this year’s toilet paper? Pandemic drives shortages in supplies UK-wide

Thanks to the ongoing surge in home deliveries driven by the pandemic and the world’s lockdown measures, cardboard boxes could very well be this year’s toilet paper. According to the Royal Mail, it is estimated that some 200 million more parcels went through the postal and courier system over the …

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The LEGO Group joins the European Commission’s Green Consumption Pledge pilot initiative

The LEGO Group has become one of the first companies to sign up to the European Commission’s new Green Consumption Pledge pilot initiative as what the firm has said is a reinforcement of its own commitment to lowering its carbon footprint. The Green Consumption Pledge was detailed at a virtual …

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Environment | “Toy recycling is key to educating children”: Wastebuster’s call to the industry

An underwater photographer turned campaigner, conservationist, and educator on the environmental impact of climate change and pollution on the world’s oceans, Katy Newnham is about to embark on her latest venture to help change the course of history. Last week, Wastebuster launched its Recycle to Read and Toy Take Back …

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Wastebuster calls on industry with Toy Take Back and Recycle to Read campaign

The environmental awareness platform, Wastebuster has partnered with Products of Change to bring together a cross-sector of stakeholders to share knowledge, resources, and finance, to develop an efficient, environmental, and sustainable means of recycling plastic toys. In partnership with EPPIC (Extended Plastics Partnerships for Innovation in Circularity) the programme will …

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The Toy Store owner ceases UAE operations leaving suppliers ‘owed millions’

The Dubai-headquartered Gulf Greetings General Trading LLC – owner of the toy retail brand The Toy Store – has abruptly ceased its operations, closing stores across some of the biggest shopping malls in UAE in what has been called an “unmitigated disaster” by a number of suppliers now left out …

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Hasbro creates new Global Purpose Organisation to advance its positive impact in sustainability, ethical sourcing and more

Hasbro has detailed the creation of a new Global Purpose Organisation with the mission of accelerating the firm’s ongoing efforts ‘to make the world a better place for all children and families.’ The new team will head up the global toy maker’s current initiatives across Global Government Relations, Global Communications, …

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Christmas container chaos is global as Greek toy retailer Jumbo sees major shipment delays

The Greek toy and gift retailer, Jumbo, has revealed that some 6,000 containers of the some of the best-selling toys this year, are stuck on cargo ships and shipping containers around the world, in an echo of the current chaos being experienced at UK ports. The firm, which operates stores …

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Hornby puts temporary halt on orders to non-UK customers due to Brexit and port delays

Hornby Hobbies has put a temporary freeze on all orders to customers outside of the UK, citing delays caused by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and disruption at UK ports. The company released a social media statement earlier this week in which it said it would not accept any non-UK orders …

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OPINION: Boughs of folly: What Netflix’s new Christmas musical can teach us about toy IP protection

Christmas is a time in which toys and games become the focus of a festive season and Netflix won’t be deviating from the narrative this year with the release of its latest musical adventure, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – the story of a toy inventor who loses everything when …

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Endless reaches Party City agreement to support management buy-out of Amscan International

The UK private equity investor, Endless LLP has reached an agreement with Party City Holdco to acquire a substantial portion of its international operations, Amscan International. The management buy-out has been led by Amscan International’s existing management team made up of CEO Gary Panons and CFO and COO Joe Hennigan. …

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