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!
Our new sustainable plush fabrics are made from recycled PET flakes that were originally plastic water bottles and are produced by Certified Global Recycled Standard (GRS) suppliers, meeting international safety and quality standards. We have already begun transitioning our current 30-piece assortment of 8″— 10″ Eco Pals to these recycled plush materials! And to be introduced in August are new species in the current Eco Pal size and a NEW large Eco Pal size, all using the recycled fabrics. When we launched Eco Pals last year, Wildlife Artists was committed to taking a holistic approach to sustainability, from production to delivery to merchandising. Eco Pals has proven to be an industry game changer…and we’re only getting started.
Caroline Ward, owner of Wildlife Artists states:
“Since day one, we envisioned Eco Pals to be a holistically 100% sustainable line of quality and affordable plush that illustrates and supports our conservation efforts. After more than a year of research and development, we have finally achieved that goal with recycled fabrics that meet our quality, look and softness standards – and delivers value to our clients. And we’re only getting started!”
Using 100% recycled materials is just another step in Wildlife Artists’ evolution of eco-friendlier plush. In 2013 we removed all unnecessary plastic whiskers and beads from our plush. And while sequins and glitter are currently trending in plush and toys, we will never use these materials given the horrific damage these microplastics wreak on wildlife. It’s all part of our authentic Planet Over Profit™ initiative – to make products that truly impact conservation efforts around the world.