On April 22, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day, the annual call for action in the fight for environmental protection. Traditionally, the toy industry has had some struggles with the environment as the core business operates in a world of paper and plastic — but that’s changing rapidly! In recent years, companies including Hasbro, Mattel, MGA Entertainment, Spin Master, VTech/LeapFrog, and ZURU have forged alliances with TerraCycle to make the recycling of well-loved toys and games easier for families across the U.S. and around the world.
In the past few years, toy companies have made great strides to eliminate waste in packaging and to shift production toward sustainability and offsetting the carbon footprint. That means that many new toys and games are now produced using bioplastics with roots in nature, such as sugar cane for plastics and soy-based ink for paper components and packaging. Even many wooden toys are now produced from trees grown in managed forests.
To celebrate Earth Day 2021, we rounded up nearly two dozen new toys and games that honor the environment, whether through sustainable sourcing or teaching kids about green energy and recycling, and more. Check them all out below!