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Bandai Namco recycles popular Gunpla plastic model kits

Japanese company aims to turn hobbyists' waste into sustainable products

Bandai Namco aims to make its famous Gundam brand a symbol of environmental sustainability.

TOKYO -- Japanese toymaker Bandai Namco has begun recycling materials used in its Gunpla plastic models, an effort to raise fans' awareness of Gunpla -- plastic models based on the Mobile Suit Gundam sci-fi robot anime franchise -- by encouraging them to experience plastic models from production, to purchase, to recycling.

Plastic models are made almost entirely from the petrochemical material, but Bandai Namco aims to reduce its use of plastic through its Gundam-related business.

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