Sustainability in the Toy Industry

Tomorrow’s World Toys
May 27, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Toy manufacturers are attempting to limit the industry’s environmental impact by incorporating sustainable practices into the materials, manufacturing, and recycling of toys. One way companies attempt to limit their environmental impact is by creating toys out of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and was sustainably harvested. They will also incorporate non-toxic or organic paints, dyes, or water-based finishes. Determining the best materials for each product involves mechanical and chemical testing to validate safety and product quality. Some companies also create toys using the byproducts of other processes to save on resources. PlanToys, for example, harvests its own sawdust and makes additional toys from what it calls PlanWood. Tender Leaf Toys creates toys from reclaimed rubberwood, a by-product of latex manufacturing.

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