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We Did It…Again!

In 2018, we set the industry standard with the first of its kind Eco Pals™ — a line of holistically sustainable produced plush.
Now, we’ve set yet another standard by developing plush materials — both the fabric and backing — made from 100% completely recycled materials, making Eco Pals even more sustainable!

Read more here: We did it…Again!


The Myopia of Microplastics

Put simply, plastic is killing our environment.  Plastic beads, sequins and glitter, all considered “microplastics” — plastics 5 millimeters and smaller — that are used in plush toys, are devastating our environment by polluting our oceans and causing suffocation, starvation and the drowning of marine life.

Read more here: The Myopia of Microplastics


Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery, but good for our industry

We get it. We really do. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and with the recent news that other retail concession companies are partnering with competing plush toy companies to develop their versions of “eco-friendly” plush to compete against our Eco Pals, we quite frankly couldn’t be happier!

Read more here: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery


Wildlife Artists Inc.’s James Ward to Present “Sustainable Retail” at the IAAPA Attractions Expo

Southbury, CT (November 6, 2018) Wildlife Artists, Inc. announced that its President and CEO, James Ward, will lead a session on “Sustainable Retail” at the upcoming IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida on November 15. During this session he will present the importance of sustainability in attraction retail and how it benefits the world while creating truly enjoyable shopping experiences.

Read more here: http://www.wildlifeartistsinc.com/news-iappa-2018/

James Ward collecting illegal snare wire traps in Zimbabwe


All Plush Toys from Wildlife Artists, Inc. to be Filled with Certified Recycled Material!

Southbury, CT (October 30, 2018)  Wildlife Artists, Inc. is excited to announce that starting immediately, 100% of their plush will transition to a sustainable fill made from certified 100% recycled PET bottles.  “We are the first major plush company to announce such an initiative,” says Caroline Ward, co-owner and Chief Relationship Officer.  She continues, “As is typical for our industry, other plush companies are following our lead by adding recycled fiber to some of their lines, though not all.  It happened when we introduced the very first hanging monkeys, plush snakes and mermaids too, but this time we’re excited others in the industry are again following suit.  The world will be greener and cleaner as a result, which benefits us all.”

Read more here: http://www.wildlifeartistsinc.com/news-10-30-18-plastic-conscious-plush/


Wildlife Artists, Inc. Introduces Eco PalsTM – The First Holistic Plastic Conscious Plus Line!

Southbury, CT (July 24, 2018)  Wildlife Artists, Inc. feels it is time for a sea change in gift shops in zoos, aquariums and other wildlife and nature themed attractions.  To lead that change, they are excited to announce their new Eco PalsTM plush line that is eco conscious in every aspect, from materials and tags to how they ship.

Read more here: http://www.wildlifeartistsinc.com/news-07-24-18-eco-pals/