The new issue includes a look at how companies in the nursery, toy, publishing and apparel sectors are making their businesses more sustainable.
The June 2021 edition of Progressive Preschool Magazine is available to read now.
While the main topic of conversation at the recent G7 Summit was on the Covid recovery, the group’s pledges on climate change also found themselves under the wider media spotlight. And, with the COP26 climate conference set for Glasgow in November, the issue is one which will continue to demand attention.
Despite the challenges being brought about by the pandemic, sustainability has also remained a prominent concern for the nursery and toy trades, as Progressive Preschool underlines in this issue.
We asked four senior executives from the toy, publishing and apparel industries to discuss the changes being made in their businesses, as well as their key milestones and goals when it comes to sustainability for our special roundtable.
And their responses when asked why it was vital that sustainability remains on the agenda for the whole preschool sector were very telling. “Quite simply, sustainability is the health and future of the planet” shared one. “We want the next generation to inherit a world that’s full of potential” said another. You can read more from page 18.
We also find out how a selection of toy and nursery suppliers have been making changes across their product lines – from Frugi and Bigjigs through to Dantoy and Lässig – as they begin the education of future consumers at the earliest possible stage. Turn to page 24 for more.
It’s encouraging to see such progress being made, and not just in terms of more eco-friendly products and packaging. Companies also shared with us how they’ve been adapting their office environment, switching lighting to reduce energy consumption and replacing company cars to electric or hybrid versions.
As one executive told us, don’t wait for big changes, as every small step taken towards sustainability will make a difference.
For those looking to progress their sustainable journeys, it would be well worth checking out the Sustainability in Licensing Conference, too – which is running virtually on 24-25 June with content also available on-demand for 30 days afterwards. Find out more at www.sustainabilityinlicensing.com.
Elsewhere in this issue, we celebrate gardens – big and small – and how retailers can make the most of products such as mud kitchens, trampolines, teepees and playhouses, while we also look at how the children’s parties and dress-up sector is looking to help people make up for lost time when it comes to celebrations.
We also have exclusive interviews with Kidly, tonies and Kidcentral, while the co-founder of The Baby Club tells us why the CBeebies show has become a lifeline for some parents and carers during the lockdowns.
You can also find everything you need to know about the Progressive Preschool Awards 2021 (pages 42-43). The product entry deadline is Friday 30 July and we’ve already been impressed by the quality and breadth of nominations – we don’t envy the judges!