Eliminating plastic

18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into our oceans every year, suffocating, starving and drowning marine life.

Eliminating plastic waste is absolutely critical to conservation.​

Turning Plastic into Plush

Post consumer recycled bottles are used to make Eco Pals®. Both the external fabric and internal fiber fill are made with recycled materials.

We were the first major plush toy company to do so, and we’re proud that other companies are following our lead as we transform an industry. By doing so, we are closer to our ultimate goal: change at the manufacturing level.  

We’re thrilled to announce that in 2019, we recycled 6 million plastic bottles for our sustainable fill. That’s 6 million plastic bottles that won’t pollute our oceans or lands. That won’t clog our waterways. That won't harm or kill marine and wildlife.

No Plastic Beans!

Plastic beans and beads, considered microplastics, are absolutely devastating to the environment. Scientists estimate that each day, 8 trillion microbeads make their way into U.S. waterways alone. There, they suffocate, starve and drown hundreds of thousands of marine organisms a year.

In 2014, we eliminated plastic beans and have saved marine life from 312 tons of plastic bean pollution to date. 

No Plastic Bags!

We eliminate over 300,000 inner plastic bags per year with Eco Pals®. Plastic bags, even those called “biodegradable”, are rapidly accumulating in the natural world, posing an ever-increasing threat to wildlife conservation. Eliminating inner plastic bags from our products was an important step in our mission to reduce single-use plastics.  

No Plastic Taggers!

Eco Pals® eliminated single-use plastic taggers from our plush. When plastic taggers wind up in a landfill or floating in a waterway, they don’t biodegrade. Instead, they continue to pose a risk to wildlife above and below the sea. We are eliminating plastic everywhere we can and are thrilled that by removing plastic taggers, we are eliminating another 250 pounds of plastic waste annually. 

No Sequins and Glitter!

Many companies depend on sequins and glitter to make their products sparkle and shine. But at what cost? Sequins and glitter are microplastics and therefore impossible to capture in the recycling process. 

This means that sequins and glitter slip past recycling machines into waterways and oceans. And once in these waters, they’re consumed by fish and birds, accumulating in their stomachs and slowly starving them. If you eat fish, you could even be consuming these microplastics yourself.