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Issue 02/2018

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Toys Automotive News Natural creative clay with a social Natural creative clay is made of particular topquality materials and does not contain any preserving agents. Becks Plastilin (Gomaringen, Germany) have optimised both the formula and quality of this kind of clay and use 100 % pure beeswax in addition to natural oils and plant-based (starch) filler material for its production. The packaging is made of environmentally friendly, recyclable material, making natural creative clay an entirely natural product. Beck’s Plastilin has made a special effort in both integrating and employing severely disabled people who are considered “difficult to place”. The company supports these people by giving them employment and by looking after them in their professional development. Each individual acquires self-affirmation, social recognition and stabilization of their personality as well as the certainty that by participating in the regular working process each of them is a valuable and value-adding member of society. In addition, thanks to the financial backing that a regular job provides, none of them is dependent on social welfare any longer. This means that the clients support and promote social work in Germany with every single order they make. MT www.becksplastilin.de aspect Fluffy friends - Waldorf inspired – stuffed with PLA fibres Waldorf teachers believe that toys should be simple and openended. By giving children objects that are not highly formed and detailed, they can easily become more than one thing and give children’s imaginations free reign. Inspired by Waldorf education system, Wooly Organic toys have minimal facial features in order to encourage the imagination of the young child and to cultivate her inner picturing abilities. Children smile and laugh, but they also look sad or cry when they are hungry or need changing. If a toy has just two eyes the child is able to imagine the toy expressing her own emotions, living in her replete imaginative life. At the Nuremberg International Toys Fair 2018 we found the bunny (see photo), a member of a family of toys, rattles and comforters by Latvian company Wooly World from Riga. The outer material is organic wool… 100 % PLA FILLING … The Polylactic acid (PLA) filling is a type of polyester. In addition to being made from annually renewable resources and biodegradable, it is naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial and machine washable. Wooly Organic toys are filled with Oeko-Tex 100 certified corn based PLA fiber filling that has passed tests and is free from the top 100 pesticides or harmful chemicals. GMO FREE As all textiles used for Wooly Organic are GOTS certified, it is determined that the fiber can not come from a genetically modified organism. Also only GMO free corn is used to manufacture corn fiber filling material. MT www.woolyorganic.com Toys made from cellulosic plastics Kando Concepts Ltd and Eastman Chemical Company collaborate in development of a new range of toys Launching a new toy company into the highly competitive global toy market presented Kando Concepts Ltd of Hong Kong with the opportunity to apply sustainable processes and materials used in toy manufacturing. Focusing on high-quality Play & Learn category toys – the first collection of Animal Word Puzzles was designed by an award-winning Tokyo-based designer. In addition to appreciating toys created from original designs, Kando believes that a new generation of environmentally aware parents would welcome the opportunity to choose eco-friendly toys made from sustainable natural materials. Following extensive research, Kando identified Eastman Chemicals, as a global leader in the development of cellulosic plastics and bioplastics suitable for the manufacture of a wide variety of consumer products. Supported by the regional Eastman technical team in Singapore, Kando have specified the Tenite cellulosic plastic – made from renewable wood pulp - for their range of Animal Word Puzzle toys – positioning Kando among the first toy brands to utilize renewable bioplastics for environmentally responsible toy production. Established in Hong Kong in 2017, Kando Concepts Ltd sees itself as Asian-based but with a global outlook. Backed by one of Asia’s largest OEM toy manufacturers with over 30 years experience in producing toys for some of the world’s most famous toy brands. Kando toys are manufactured in Vietnam. MT www.kandotoy.com Room S230D Each “animal” is assembled from parts shaped to match the letters that spell the animals name. The parts are joined together with internally fitted magnets (for safety). 24 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/18] Vol. 13

Toys First biobased LEGO-elements to come this year Roughly sixty years after patenting their legendary tube and burl system, LEGO ® starts with their first biobased elements this year. Lego botanical elements such as leaves, bushes and trees will be made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane in the future and will appear in Lego boxes already in 2018. The master carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen had founded the family enterprise in 1932 in Denmark. In the first years he manufactured toys from wood before he discovered the potential of plastic bulding bricks in 1949. His automatically connecting blocks were the predecessors of the later Legobricks (patented on January 28, 1958 in Copenhagen) [1]. Production has started on a range of sustainable Lego elements made from Braskem’s Green PE sourced from sugarcane based bio-ethanol. The new sustainable Lego ‘botanical’ elements (about are 1-2 % of the total amount of plastic elements produced by the Lego Group) will come in varieties including leaves, bushes and trees. “At the Lego Group we want to make a positive impact on the world around us, and are working hard to make great play products for children using sustainable materials. We are proud that the first (...) elements made from sustainably sourced plastic are in production and will be in Lego boxes this year. This is a great first step in our ambitious commitment of making all (our) bricks using sustainable materials,” said Tim Brooks, Vice President, Environmental Responsibility at the Lego Group. The move is part of the Lego Group’s commitment to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030 (cf. tinyurl.com/bm201802-lego) Uncompromised quality and safety The new sustainable elements are made from polyethylene, which is a soft, durable and flexible plastic, and while they are based on sugar-cane material, they are technically identical to those produced using conventional plastic. The elements have been tested to ensure the plantbased plastic meets the high standards for quality and safety that the Lego Group has, and consumers expect from their products. “Lego products have always been about providing high quality play experiences giving every child the chance to shape their own world through inventive play. Children and parents will not notice any difference in the quality or appearance of the new elements, because plant-based polyethylene has the same properties as conventional polyethylene,” said Tim Brooks. The unique Lego brick design, and the Lego Group’s uncompromised focus on quality and safety during the past 60 years ensures that two Lego bricks produced decades apart can still fit together. As the Lego is working towards using sustainable materials in its core products and packaging, it will remain strongly rooted and driven by the uncompromised focus on high product quality and safety. Building children’s future one brick at a time The Lego Group has partnered with WWF to support and build demand for sustainably sourced plastic, and has joined the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), an initiative of WWF, to secure fully sustainable sourcing of raw material for the bioplastics industry. The plant based plastic used to make the botanical elements is certified by the Bonsucro Chain of Custody standard for responsibly sourced sugarcane. Read more here (tinyurl.com/bm201802-bonsucro). “It is essential that companies in each industry find ways to responsibly source their product materials and help ensure a future where people, nature, and the economy thrive,” said Alix Grabowski, a senior program officer at WWF. “The Lego Group’s decision to pursue sustainably sourced bio-based plastics represents an incredible opportunity to reduce dependence on finite resources, and their work with the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance will allow them to connect with other companies to continue to think creatively about sustainability.” MT www.lego.com [1] N.N.: 60 Jahre Kreativität, Toys 2/2018, Göller Verlag, Germany Info See a video-clip at: tinyurl.com/bm201802- lego-video bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/18] Vol. 13 25

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