OP-ED: Sustainability, and Why It’s Good for Business

By Brian MacKinnon, Toy State senior vice president of sales

BrianMacKinnon.picFirst and foremost, toy makers are committed to providing retailers with high quality products. But if we can do this in an environmentally friendly way and be more profitable—well, now we are talking!

Over the past few months, Toy State has been part of a Wal-Mart-sponsored pilot program, RedE, intended to educate companies on ways to utilize sustainability best practices to both save energy over time as well as increase profitability. This past April, we were proud to be recognized by Wal-Mart as a global leader in this effort.

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Mega Brands Presented with Award Recognizing Successes and Responsible Environmental Practices

mega brands logoMega Brands was honored this past Thursday with the Prix Hommage from the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Saint-Laurent-Mont-Royal. The tribute award was given at the 30th Alpha Gala, which celebrates outstanding performances by companies in St-Laurent, Cartierville, and Mont-Royal.

Recently, Mega Brands repatriated a large part of its production from China to Montreal, thanks to technological advances. This has enabled the company to accelerate its own growth, while following principles of sustainable development.

Jean-François Albert, vice-president of manufacturing at Mega Brands, accepts the Tribute Award from minister and member of the National Assembly for Saint-Laurent, Jean-Marc Fournier, at the 30th Alpha 2014 Gala on May 15.

Jean-François Albert, vice-president of manufacturing at Mega Brands, accepts the Tribute Award from minister and member of the National Assembly for Saint-Laurent, Jean-Marc Fournier, at the 30th Alpha Gala on May 15.

Mega Brands’ St-Laurent plant, now the world’s first toy manufacturing facility to be recognized as environmentally responsible, produces six times as many toys as before with the same amount of energy. It also emits 500 times less greenhouse gas emissions than plants in China for the same level of production.

Radio Flyer’s Chicago Headquarters Goes LEED Platinum

Radio Flyer Inc LEED Glass WallsThe Chicago, Ill., headquarters of Radio Flyer Inc. has received platinum certification for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Focused on environmentally sustainable practices, the certification acknowledges key design decisions, including the renovation of existing warehouse space, dedicated on-site recycling areas, and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems.

Radio Flyer renovated 70,000 of its 150,000 square foot space into an open concept area featuring wooden beams, natural lighting, an indoor and outdoor paly lab, eco-friendly parking lot, and landscaped “backyard” complete with native prairie plants. Other “green” solutions include cisterns that retain 10,000 gallons of storm water, which is re-purposed for fertilizer-free irrigation, bike storage and locker room for employees who bike to work, and a preferred parking area for high efficiency, low emission cars.

Hasbro Announces 2020 Sustainability Goals

Hasbro logoHasbro, Inc. has new environmental sustainability goals that the company aims to achieve by the end of 2020. Hasbro plans to further reduce the environmental impact of its global operations by minimizing waste, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and conserving water at its owned and operated facilities. These new 2020 goals build on commitments the company set in 2008 that it achieved by end of 2012.

Hasbro’s end of 2020 sustainability goals for its owned/operated facilities include reducing waste to landfill by 50 percent from 2012 levels; reducing energy consumption by 25 percent from 2012 levels; reducing global Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 20 percent from 2012 levels; and reducing water consumption by 15 percent from 2012 levels.

In addition to these reduction goals, Hasbro continues to drive environmental improvements through its sustainable packaging initiatives, including reducing packaging material, eliminating PVC from packaging, increasing recycled content, and sourcing paper responsibly.

Hasbro to Eliminate PVC From Packaging

Hasbro, Inc. announced that it will eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all new core toy and game packaging, beginning in 2013. Hasbro has already begun to phase out PVC from some packaging.

Phasing out PVC in packaging is Hasbro’s most recent effort in a series of sustainable packaging initiatives by the company. The efforts, including eliminating wire ties, increasing recycled content, and sourcing paper, are designed to minimize the impact on natural resources.

To learn more about Hasbro’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, visit www.hasbro.com/csr.

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New Product: Eco Eggs

Eco Eggs are new-to-market plastic Easter eggs for egg hunts that are made in the U.S. from corn starch, 100-percent renewable content, and are fully compostable after use. The eggs are available in three box sizes of 10, 28, and 48.

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Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Goes Green

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Nick Jr.’s preschool television series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! talks conservation, recycling, and other eco-friendly issues in the upcoming DVD release Wubbzy Goes Green, from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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Ten Eco-Friendly Toys for Under $30

Eco Child’s Play and Goddard Systems, Inc. have announced its “2009 Hottest Eco-Friendly Toys under $30″ list.
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Tinker Bell to be Named UN “Honorary Ambassador of Green”

In a ceremony on Sunday, October 25, the United Nations will name Disney’s Tinker Bell “Honorary Ambassador of Green” for “living consistently in harmony with the environment.” The ceremony will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and will be followed by the world premiere of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. Guests will include Raven Symone, the voice of Disney fairy Iridessa, and Mae Whitman, the voice of Tinker Bell, as well as UN delegates.

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