Some of the most significant sustainability sensitivities for the toy industry are linked to manufacturing locations, chemical compliance and the use of plastics, textiles, electronics and wood.
With an estimated 80% of all toys made in Asia, the regulations are far laxer when it comes to the use of hazardous materials is. Manufacturing plants can house hazardous chemicals, leading to land and water contamination.
The toy industry is one of the biggest consumers of plastics globally. While many toys can be re-used, this does not happen at scale. Most toys end up in landfills where their breakdown leads to chemicals released into the ground and air, along with microplastic contamination.
Textiles can be made from natural resources obtained from plants and animals, plus synthetic sources such as oil. If proper environmental protection protocols or due diligence is not applied, all raw material sources have significant ecological, social, and governance issues. The supply chain for these raw materials is often opaque and challenging to understand and manage.
The creation of electronic devices typically involves significant quantities of commodity materials, including metals such as lead, copper, mercury, plastics and other casing components. The Blacksmith Institute has flagged the mining of raw materials such as these as some of the most polluting industries on earth.
According to reports from the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE). The electronics industry will generate 120 million tonnes of e-waste by 2050, adding to the challenges to the sustainability of the electronics industry.
- Supply chain mapping – to identify raw material sources and understand the risks
- Chemical compliance testing
- Emissions testing
- Microplastic release and identification testing
- Social audits of manufacturing operations
- Sustainability manufacturing strategies
- Recyclability assessments
- Biodegradability of materials
- Sustainable Chemical manufacturing
- Sustainable Construction
- Sustainable Cosmetics and Personal Care
- Sustainable detergents
- Sustainable Electrical and Electronics
- Sustainable Farming
- Sustainable Food
- Sustainable Footwear
- Sustainable Furniture
- Sustainable hygiene, paper and pulp
- Sustainable Leather
- Sustainable Paper and Packaging
- Sustainable Textile
- Sustainable Toys