bio!TOY 2021 | Source: Michael Thielen/bioplastics Magazine

As the toy industry continues to move toward a sustainable future, bio-based materials are increasingly making their way into the product mix.

The second bio!TOY Conference, taking place Sept. 7-8, 2021 in Nuremberg, Germany, seeks to bring together key players in the industry, including toymakers, manufacturers, and suppliers of bio-based materials. The in-person event will include a digital component and is organized by bioplastics Magazine and Germany-based Narocon Innovation Consulting, supported by the German Association of the Toy Industry (DVSI), and Spielwarenmesse eG.

“The bio-pioneers of the industry are role models,” says Michael Thielen, publisher of bioplastics Magazine. “They have attractive materials, good products, and convincing ideas. Although the ‘bio-toy’ industry is still in its infancy, experts are confident of its potential for development.”

Related: Play For Today, Play For Tomorrow: The Shift Toward Eco-Friendly Toys and Sustainable Production

“Spielwarenmesse eG sees sustainability as far more than just a trend and has long been raising awareness of this topic by providing regular information,” says Christian Ulrich, director, marketing at Spielwarenmesse eG. “With the world’s leading fair, we will be even more involved in this field in the future and make contributions. The conference fits in with this, which is why we support it.”

The first bio!TOY Conference took place in 2019. Registration for this year’s event is open now with opportunities for exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors. Full details can be found at

The Toy Book is a media partner for bio!TOY 2021.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.