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Japanese capsule toy makers go green, cutting plastic use

Bandai promotes recycling; Tomy redesigns products

Companies such as Bandai and Tomy are promoting the recycling of their products to cut back on the use of petroleum-based plastics. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Japanese toymaker Bandai will start recycling the shells of its capsule toys and use the plastic for new shells at its factory in the Philippines as rival Tomy seeks to put its vending machine toys in smaller capsules to save on plastic.

Bandai and Tomy are part of a trend in which companies are recycling products made from petroleum-based materials, reflecting an increased awareness of sustainable development goals (SDGs) as well as soaring material prices and tighter emissions regulations at home and abroad.

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