Tag Archives: Sustainability

University Games to remove single use plastic from portfolio as part of its Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet push

University Games is taking positive strides to improve their environmental impact in 2021, in its quest to be the most environmentally friendly games and puzzles company in the UK. As part of its plans, the games, puzzles and gift specialist has created a new ‘Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet’ …

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Wooden toy maker Sawdust and Rainbows commits to Just One Tree partnership

The Northern Irish indoor wooden climbing frame maker, Sawdust and Rainbows, has detailed a new partnership with Just One Tree as the firm looks to strengthen its efforts towards the sustainability movement sweeping the globe. Under the new partnership, Sawdust and Rainbows will now plant a tree for every sale …

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Hasbro details plans for vast growth in pre-school sector… and it doesn’t end with gender neutral Mr Potato Head

Hasbro’s lean into gender neutrality with the launch of the My Potato Family – dropping the ‘Mr’ from the iconic Potato toy – may have caught the attention of the world’s media, but it’s not the only strain to the toymaker’s plan to take on the pre-school sector this year. …

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Toy firms and retailers unite in calls for Government rethink over UK e-scooter laws

Outdoor toy and leisure companies and retailers are among those to have issued fresh calls for a Government rethink over the current laws on the public use of e-scooters amid the surge in popularity of the sector as an alternative mode of greener transport. Leaders in the outdoor recreation sector, …

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Sweden’s Micki acquires Rubens Barn to boost educational and sustainable doll offering across Europe

The Swedish toy outfit Micki Leksaker, has acquired the organic doll brand Rubens Barn in a move to strengthen its Europe-wide offering of educational and sustainably-focused children’s products. Micki has outlined its intentions to grow its dolls category portfolio as it prepares to complete the acquisition of the Sweden-born doll …

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Build Your Own to follow first-year success with Mini Builds range launch this year

The award-winning STEM arts and crafts specialist, Build Your Own is expanding its range of eco-friendly activity kits with the planned launch of its Mini Builds range later this year. Scheduled for release this summer, the new range has been designed to compliment the firm’s current collection of Build Your …

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Toy Trends 2021 | Kidult market growth, music, and socially conscious play will fuel 2021 sales, says The Toy Association

The rediscovery of play, surging kidult market sales, and greater social consciousness within play and toys are tipped to be some of the biggest toy trends to drive industry sales throughout the coming year, according to the Toy Association’s latest Toy Trends Briefing. Following an historic year for the US …

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Environment | Build Your Own: “There’s real desire from retail and consumers to support sustainable”

Paper Engine’s Build Your Own division of eco-focused STEM crafting kits has only been on the scene one year, but it’s impact is already being felt industry-wide, having secured no fewer than four awards and celebrated a ‘hugely successful Christmas period’ last year.  ToyNews catches up with founder and origami …

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BioBuddi patents new ‘green’ material that ‘will propel the firm across international markets’ this year

The Dutch brand, BioBuddi has successfully patented a new range of ‘green’ toys that, it says, will propel the firm across the international markets as it promotes carbon neutral manufacturing and bio-based materials. BioBuddie had previously introduced bio-based toy blocks to the market, however, it has now developed a new …

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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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