US toy company gives plastic packaging the boot

A US toy company famed for its plastic action figures and board games is giving plastic packaging the boot.

Hasbro, the largest toy maker in the world in terms of stock market value, announced that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic-free by the end of 2022.

It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games.

But Hasbro’s toys, which include Mr Potato Head, will still be made with plastic.

The company said it is testing materials to replace it, but said it’s challenging to find an alternative that is still safe for children while keeping toys looking the same as the plastic ones.

However Hasbro, which is based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, said it has a programme that allows people to ship in their GI Joes or My Little Pony figurines to be recycled.

It said it would begin cutting down on plastic packaging next year.

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Some cities and states have banned plastic bags and several companies have made their own changes to reduce plastic waste.

Toy maker Lego is looking to find an alternative to plastic for its colourful bricks, while Starbucks is planning to get rid of plastic straws.

McDonald’s phased out plastic straws at its restaurants last year and replaced them with paper ones. Globally, the fast food company has made a commitment to source all packaging from renewable or recycled sources by 2025.

Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign encourages people to reduce their single-use plastics. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved at www.skyoceanrescue.com

Source: SKY NEWS

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