The COVID-19 pandemic has created a surge for toys as more people are staying home.
Many of the large toy companies are working to become eco-friendlier by reducing the amount of plastic in their toys. Both the production and disposal of the plastic used to produce toys creates greenhouse gas emissions.
For instance, Uno, the card game, now has a 100 percent recyclable deck of cards and the company is removing cellophane from its packaging by 2021. Lego will use recyclable paper for its packaging instead of single-use plastic and by 2025, all packaging will be made from renewable or recycled material. Little Tikes bikes has released a new line of toys made from recycled plastic and is packaged in recycled materials. The company has also added a new line of Wooden Critters infant toys that use wood and natural materials. Rock-a-Stacks, the colorful plastic rings, stacked by size and color on a short pole, will be made from sugarcane-based plastics and packaged in 100 percent recycled or sustainably sourced material by the end of 2020.
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