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WECF organised conference in Paris on importance of eco-design of games and toys

The need to reduce the environmental footprint of products is increasingly felt in a world of limited resources. Therefore eco- design seems to be the key element for a successful transition towards a circular economy

16.11.2013 |WECF France

The imperative need to reduce the environmental footprint of products is increasingly felt in a world of limited resources and eco- design appears to be the key element for a successful transition towards a circular economy.

At the last French Environmental Conference, in September 2013, the Commission of Environment reaffirmed the European Action Programme and promised to set a target for 2020 of "Living Well, within the limits of our planet." As for toys, more and more consumers are looking for environmentally friendly products. In March 2013 nearly 30,000 people supported the WECF petition that called for the expulsion of endocrine disruptors in toys. Even at low doses some substances can have potentially dangerous effects on human health.

The importance of eco- design of games and toys

What does eco-design mean and can it meet the expectations of consumers? Where are the manufacturers of toys and games industry in this area? While chemical standards of the new Toy Safety Directive became mandatory in July 2013, WECF gathered a panel of stakeholders - manufacturers, distributors, laboratories , institutions, health agencies, actors certification , schools of design, materials research – to debate and do some workshops to explore the implementation of eco-design in the toy industry and ways of responsible consumption, that would have a beneficial effect on the environmental and social economic course.

What are the subjects of the conference?

  • Gather the French stakeholders of the Toys and Games industry
  • Discover new environmental friendly materials for toys and games
  • Exploring analysis of the product life cycle from production to recycling
  • Inform about practical alternatives and eco- design implementations
  • Identify reliable labels and certifications on the European market
  • Explore another type of toys

Key stakeholders
Patricia Blanc - Director of Risk Prevention Department of the Ministry of Ecology, Laurent Greslin - teacher at ENSCI Les Ateliers, Cecilia Solal ANSES, Emilie Machefaux - ADEME, Laurent Delbreilh - Institute for Materials Research of Rouen, Alain Pineau - designer for Plan Toys, Guillaume Barade - marketing director for Vulli, Serge Milon - expert at SGS Laboratory.

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