Toxic chemicals are the little monsters in children's clothing

Posted by Nadia Haiama — 14 January 2014 at 12:07pm - Comments
Burberry bag
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Clothes from brands like Burberry have been found to contain hazardous chemicals

Today we told the world a story, a story about the little monsters in children's clothes and shoes. As the mother of a young daughter, this is one story I had to read and one that revealed a shocking truth about the clothes we buy for our kids.

Our latest investigation has revealed the presence of hazardous chemicals in clothing made by 12 very well known brands; from the iconic kid's label Disney, to sportswear brands like Adidas, and even top-end luxury labels like Burberry.

You did it! Mattel and Barbie drop the deforestation

Posted by jamie — 5 October 2011 at 11:42am - Comments
Ken dumps Barbie: banner on Mattel HQ
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Ken dumps Barbie: how our campaign launched in June

You read that right – following over half a million emails sent by you, Barbie has realised that toying with deforestation is no game. Mattel, the company behind Barbie, has decided that being involved in the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests is bad for business as well as the planet, and has dropped deforestation from its production line.

Christmas comes early as Santa disrupts Hasbro's Xmas toy preview

Posted by jamie — 13 July 2011 at 4:47pm - Comments
Santa gives out children's letters complaining about Hasbro's use of toy packagi
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Has Hasbro been naughty or nice?

It's July so the last thing any sane person will be thinking about is Christmas. Not so for those in the toy business because, with only 165 shopping days to go, they're looking ahead to the festive season.

Take Hasbro, for instance. Today, product and marketing managers have been showing off the new lines for Christmas to retailers and journalists and we thought we'd pop along as well.

Lego announces forest plan, but what about Mattel?

Posted by andy.t — 7 July 2011 at 5:43pm - Comments
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Lego have promised to stop wrapping their toys in rainforest destruction

When Ken dumped Barbie last month, Mattel was not the only toy company put under the spotlight for their role in rainforest destruction. Our investigation showed that Hasbro, Lego and Disney are also wrapping toys in paper products coming from Indonesian rainforests.

The first of these toy companies to announce more substantive action is Lego, who have released a new statement on this issue today.

Create a new look for Barbie's latest career - rainforest destroyer!

Posted by jamie — 27 June 2011 at 10:37am - Comments
Scary Chainsaw Barbie
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Barbie needs a new look to go with her new career

Thanks for all the Barbie reviews posted on Amazon - there were some excellent comments. The moderators have since removed them, but they'll have given Mattel something else to think about. Mattel has created many careers for Barbie over the years - vet, fashion designer, architect - but this latest career move as rainforest destroyer means she needs a whole new look.

How the toy industry and APP are responding to our Barbie campaign

Posted by Zulfahmi — 14 June 2011 at 3:00pm - Comments
Clearance of forested tiger habitat in Sumatra, Indonesia
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This was once forested tiger habitat. Not any more

It’s been a busy few days since the latest phase of our campaign to stop deforestation in Indonesia got underway. There are now signs that in the toy sector both Mattel and Lego are preparing to make changes in the way they buy their packaging.

Rumble in the jungle

Posted by jamesturn — 14 December 2010 at 3:05pm - Comments
James Nesbitt performing in front of the Banksy piece in 2002
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James Nesbitt performing in front of the Banksy piece in 2002

Interesting to see that a fancy auction house in London is selling an original Banksy image that the great man designed for us, which featured in our forest campaign back in 2002.

The Times are reporting (pay wall warning), as well as the Daily Mail,  that we ran a mile when Disney roared its disapproval and claimed breach of copyright. Not true. As the picture above proves, we used the image in all sorts of places (the image above shows James Nesbitt performing comedy in front of it) and only withdrew after the campaign had run its natural course.

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