Mattel is aiming to make all Matchbox die-cast cars, playsets, and packaging with 100% recycled, recyclable, or bio-based plastic by 2030 as part of its new “Drive Toward a Better Future” product roadmap. This initiative is in line with Mattel’s goal to achieve 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials across all its products and packaging by 2030.
To illustrate these principles, Mattel is unveiling the Matchbox Tesla Roadster, its first die-cast vehicle made from 99% recycled materials and certified CarbonNeutral. Matchbox’s Tesla Roadster will be available starting in 2022.
The reimagined broader Matchbox brand includes new product lines and packaging that feature:
- More environmentally friendly and innovative materials across vehicles, playsets, and packaging
- Enhanced consumer recycling through product design and packaging labeling
- An overall eco-friendly themed approach to play, with more e-vehicle product offerings and e-vehicle chargers in fuel station playsets
“Since the inception of the modern-day die-cast car nearly 70 years ago, Matchbox has been using design and innovation to connect kids with the real world around them through play,” said Roberto Stanichi, Global Head of Vehicles at Mattel. “Matchbox is committing to using 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials to do our part in addressing the environmental issues we face today, and empower the next generation of Matchbox fans to help steer us towards a sustainable future.”
Fans will see Matchbox’s commitment realized through products with zero-plastic packaging, using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified content in the paper and wood fiber materials, on shelf starting now. The first die-cast vehicle to have zero-plastic packaging includes the Matchbox Power Grabs assortment featuring a variety of licensed and original 1:64 scale Matchbox die-cast vehicles, while an EV-themed five-pack is now available with a paper foam inner tray.
In addition to introducing zero-plastic packaging, Matchbox is promoting proper recycling and waste recovery. Designed for recyclability with recyclable parts, electronics in playsets are consolidated into a single, removable module to help make the local e-waste recycling process easier. “How2Recycle” labeling guides consumers on the proper disposal of packaging materials. Matchbox is also exploring ways to reduce energy use, carbon emissions, and waste in operations, while delivering the same standard of excellence across its products.