Hasbro to phase out plastic packaging

HASBRO PLANS TO eliminate "virtually all plastic in packaging" of its products by the end of 2022. / COURTESY HASBRO

PAWTUCKET – Hasbro plans to phase out plastic from packaging for virtually all of its new products by the end of 2022, the company announced Tuesday.

The effort is set to begin in 2020 and will include the phase out of plastic elements such as polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs, the company said.

“Removing plastic from our packaging is the latest advancement in our more than decade-long journey to create a more sustainable future for our business and our world,” said Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO of Hasbro. “We have an experienced, cross-functional team in place to manage the complexity of this undertaking and will look to actively engage employees, customers and partners as we continue to innovate and drive progress as a leader in sustainability.”

The company has been honored for corporate citizenship, including for environmental considerations, in the past. The company was also recently included in a clean energy ETF.

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In its announcement, the company also highlighted its toy recycling program, which allows consumers to send old Hasbro toys to TerraCycle – a product recycling company – so that the organization can use the materials in the construction of play spaces, flowerpots, park benches and other uses.

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