It’s the holiday season, and arguably one of the world’s most popular toy manufacturers, Mattel Inc., has announced its intention to achieve 100-percent recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastics materials in both its products and packaging by 2030.
In the first half of 2020, the company will debut its first product aligned with this goal: The iconic Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack made from sugarcane-based plastics and packaged in 100-percent recycled or sustainably sourced material, the toymaker said in a statement.
The new goal expands the company’s Environmental Sustainable Sourcing Principles that were announced in 2011. The company now sources 93 percent of the paper and wood fiber used in its packaging and products from recycled or Forest Stewardship Council content, surpassing its 2018 goal of 90 percent.
In addition, the company has adopted the How2Recycle label, a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public.
Earlier this year, Mattel established an Environmental Sustainability Council comprised of a cross-functional team of leaders dedicated to actively advancing the company’s sustainability efforts in several areas, including materials innovation.
“Environmental sustainability is a corporate priority at Mattel and creating sustainable products and packaging is an important part of our commitment to the planet,’’ said Mattel Chairman and CEO Ynon Kreiz. “Our dedicated cross-functional team made sustainability a key priority throughout the product and packaging design and production process. Today, we are delivering on that priority by announcing our first product made from sustainable materials and we look forward to expanding our efforts to all Mattel brands.’’
Fisher-Price will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2020, and by the end of the year, all Rock-a-Stack toys sold worldwide are on track to be made with plant-based plastics and packaged in 100-percent recycled or sustainably sourced material. The beloved Rock-a-Stack toy, which was launched by Fisher-Price in 1960 to introduce babies to relative size and stacking, will be made from a sugarcane-based polyethylene, a renewable raw material.