桌遊大富翁母公司加入限塑行列 | Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

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Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging
FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo Operation made by Hasbro is displayed shelves in the expanded toy section at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The toy maker expects said Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, that all its packaging for new products to be virtually plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】美國玩具公司孩之寶將停止使用塑膠包裝。

Hasbro is giving plastic packaging the boot.

孩之寶週二表示,大部分產品的塑膠包裝會2022年前停止使用,包括在大富翁及Scrabble(英語文字圖版遊戲)等桌遊常見的塑膠袋、橡皮筋及塑料熱縮包裝膜等都將停止使用。

The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games. 

然而,孩之寶的部分玩具,例如彈頭先生(Mr. Potato Head),將仍然使用塑膠製作。孩之寶說,他們正試圖尋找其他可以替代塑膠的材質,但要找到一種對小孩來說安全又能維持玩具本身設計的材質很困難。但是孩之寶表示,大眾可以透過他們的管道回收義勇群英(GI Joes)及彩虹小馬(My Little Pony)。

But Hasbro’s toys, such as Mr. Potato Head, will still be made with plastic. The company said it is testing materials to replace it, but said it’s challenging to find an alternative that’s still safe for kids and keeps toys looking the same as the plastic ones. Hasbro, however, said it has a program that allows people to ship in their GI Joes or My Little Pony figurines to be recycled.

塑膠是環境污染的一大來源,大部分塑膠最後的處理方式是垃圾掩埋,然而塑膠並非「可生物分解」的廢棄物,而是分解為塑膠微粒,不只對環境造成汙染,也變得更容易使鳥類及其他動物誤食和吸收。有些(美國)城市或州已經開始擴大限塑並禁止塑膠袋,部分公司則更進一步減少製造塑膠垃圾。舉例來說,星巴克計畫不再使用塑膠吸管,還有玩具公司樂高正在尋找替代塑膠的原料來製作他們的產品。

Plastic is a menace to the environment. Much of it ends up in landfills and doesn’t disintegrate, breaking down into tiny fragments that can harm birds and other animals if eaten. Some cities and states have banned plastic bags and several companies have made their own changes to reduce plastic waste. Starbucks, for example, plans to get rid of plastic straws. And toy maker Lego is looking to find an alternative to plastic for its colorful toy bricks.

而來自美國羅得島州波塔基特的孩之寶則表示會在明年加入限塑的行列。

Hasbro, which is based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, said it will begin cutting down on plastic packaging next year.