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Preschool brand Melissa & Doug is continuing to achieve carbon neutrality for its own operations by purchasing offsets for its 2022 emissions. This news, which the manufacturer released this week in honor of Zero Emissions Day, continues Melissa & Doug’s Project Restore sustainability initiative.

Part of Project Restore, which the company announced last year, includes Melissa & Doug becoming the first global toy company to become carbon neutral in its own operations. The company did this by purchasing offsets from forest management projects in the U.S. and Brazil for its Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

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‘We know parents care deeply about the environmental impact of their purchases. Melissa & Doug is committed to making the world a more sustainable place so children can play in a thriving and inclusive environment,” says Bridgette Miller, chief marketing and sustainability officer of Melissa & Doug. “Currently, the company is assessing all aspects of the business in which we can reduce our carbon emissions and implement energy-efficient practices, ranging from our global distribution centers to our offices and vehicles.”

Melissa & Doug’s other sustainability efforts include using renewable energy at its offices, recycling 95% of its corrugated waste, partnering with One Tree Planted to plant 10 million trees by 2030, and committing to making 100% of its paper products and more than half of its wood products Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified by 2025. The company accelerated the latter goal by producing all of its paper and top-selling wood products as FSC certified this year.

More information about Melissa & Doug’s sustainability efforts is available at melissaanddoug.com.