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Golden Bear details sustainable plans for Mr Tumble and The Baby Club ranges this year

Thu 13 Jan 2022 | 01:34 pm GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

Hey Duggee was the first in the range to undergo a sustainable makeover

The UK toymaker, Golden Bear has underlined its commitment to sustainability over the next two years, having posted a growth in sales of 9.5 per cent to £25.1 million in the 15 month period ending March 31st, 2021. In the UK market, the company has reported ‘dynamic growth’ in the Bing, Hey Duggee, and Smart Ball brands. Last year, the team completed a realignment from virgin to recycled outer fabric across its entire Hey Duggee soft toys range, a collection that has proved itself very strong in the UK market over the last financial year. In addition to strong financial results, Golden Bear made significant investments to underpin future sales and profit growth, including investment in its own intellectual property with the launch of Curlimals and Squirty Gertie for 2022, investment in its sales, marketing and product and innovation departments, and of course, a continued push and investment into sustainability. This year will see the team continue its sustainable charge through the conversion of its Mr Tumble and The Baby Club ranges into recycled polyester for Spring/Summer 2022. Currently, all Golden Bear soft toys are stuffed using recycled polyester derived from plastic waste. This, in addition to a market leading initiative to convert outer fabric into recycled material, has resulted in over 7 million plastic bottles being recycled in 2021. The team is also moving all of its product packaging into FSC Mix cardboard with 33 per cent of product having already made the move. Golden Bear has since set a target to increase this to 100 per cent by 2023, while printing all product packaging in soy ink by the end of this year. Other strides being made by the company under its Play Today, Protect Tomorrow campaign include reducing carbon emissions with the installation of solar panels and LED lighting, and off-setting the remaining emission in both its UK and Hong Kong offices via investment into off-set projects in developing countries. Barry Hughes, managing director at Golden Bear, said: “Everyone at Golden Bear is rightly proud of the company’s performance in 2020/21 and a massive thanks must go to all our staff and retail and license partners who delivered great results despite all the challenges. “We continue to trade strongly in 2021/22 and look forward to sharing our fantastic new portfolio of products at London Toy Fair later this month.”
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