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We Just Did It…Again!
First of its kind Eco Pals™ are now even more sustainable with 100% recycled plush materials

In 2018, we set the industry standard with the first of its kind Eco Pals™ – a line of holistically sustainable produced plush.  Now, we’ve set yet another standard by developing plush materials – both the fabric and backing – made from 100% completely recycled materials, making Eco Pals even more sustainable!

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The Myopia of Microplastics

Put simply, plastic is killing our environment.  Plastic beads, sequins and glitter, all considered “microplastics” — plastics 5 millimeters and smaller — that are used in plush toys, are devastating our environment by polluting our oceans and causing suffocation, starvation and the drowning of marine life.

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Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery, but good for our industry.

We get it. We really do. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and with the recent news that other retail concession companies are partnering with competing plush toy companies to develop their versions of “eco-friendly” plush to compete against our Eco Pals, we quite frankly couldn’t be happier!

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James Ward to Present “Sustainable Retail” at IAAPA Attractions Expo

Southbury, CT (November 6, 2018)  Wildlife Trading Company announced that its President and CEO, James Ward, will lead a session on “Sustainable Retail” at the upcoming IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida on November 15. During this session he will present the importance of sustainability in attraction retail and how it benefits the world while creating truly enjoyable shopping experiences.

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James Ward collecting illegal snare wire traps in Zimbabwe.

Blog:  Conservation is Critical for Attraction Retail

My family and I had the privilege of traveling to Africa this summer. We gazed at Africa’s great expanse on safari, engaged in hands-on conservation work, and examined the sourcing of our products in the context of local African communities.

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The Ward family in Zambia, Summer 2018

The Ward family on a photo safari in Zambia, Summer 2018