From January 2020 all our lovely new puzzles will be in smaller boxes and shrink-wrap will be removed as part of an overarching strategy to decrease our carbon footprint.
Our move reflects worldwide demand for us all to make more eco-friendly choices as the nation becomes increasingly aware of the detrimental effect we are having on the planet.
Our Little Gibsons jigsaw puzzles and games will no longer come with a plastic bag inside to hold the puzzle pieces. Our adult jigsaw puzzles will soon follow suit, with the removal of all cellophane wrap from the boxes. This decision will save 521,096 meters of plastic per year (same as the length of 4300 football pitches!). In addition, we have also made our jigsaw puzzle boxes on average 29% smaller than the current size, reducing transportation of the products. The jigsaw puzzle inside the boxes will remain the same size and quality, being the thickest on the market and made using 100% recycled board.
We will also be turning our attention to the manufacturing methods of our board games too. Our range of classic wooden games such as Shut the Box and Cribbage are already forest friendly being manufactured from reforested rubberwood. The rubber trees are only cut down once they are no longer producing rubber and are immediately replaced with another tree. We will be looking into other ways to reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions when producing our other games, such as 221b Baker Street, Mind the Gap, L’Attaque and Pass the Bomb.
Embedding the strategy across our company has seen internal changes too such as solar panels at our head office and sourcing milk in glass, reusable bottles. We fully intend our #greengameplan to have an impact across the business.
Managing Director, Kate Gibson, says “We recognise that we have a responsibility to the environment beyond current regulatory requirements and are committed to improving our environmental performance. It is important that as an industry we work together and think about the part we pay in this hugely important issue.”