The use of recycled cardboard in the field of toy manufacture to save our planet's future
Play Edo Australia has the goal of advancing the well-being of people and the planet for current and future generations. It is a big dream for a small family business, but we are proud of producing plastic-free building blocks in Melbourne. The Edo cardboard building blocks are big and eco-friendly because made of recycled cardboard thus, they are 100% recyclable!
Why sustainable development?
The drive for economic growth has resulted in problems such as environmental degradation and social disparities. Sustainable development prescribes a more balanced approach to growth that progresses development across three underlying pillars: social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity.
The industrial revolution brought about unprecedented economic growth and many advances such as electricity. Coal has generally been an affordable source of energy for much of the world, but it has come at a huge cost to the environment and society. Coal is a finite resource, which produces harmful greenhouse gases that have largely contributed to climate change.
A more sustainable approach is to adopt energy-efficient technologies and diversify our energy supply. Renewable energy, such as wind, solar and biomass, is an alternative energy source, which doesn’t pose harmful effects on our health and our environment. New renewable energy technologies can also represent new economic opportunities.
What the United Nations says?
It is well known that human beings rely on Earth and the Oceans to live. Between 2015 and 2020, the United Nations (UN) found that 10 million hectares of forests were destroyed each year, mainly for agricultural purposes. This particularly happened in areas such as Latin America, South-Eastern Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Along with that, the UN states that 2 billion hectares of land on our planet are now degraded and 31,000 species are risking extinction. However, the species extinction risk has worsened by about 10% over the past three decades!
Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our lifetime, putting natural ecosystems at risk of permanent loss and destruction and posing a risk to our health and livelihood. The UN reports that “the year 2019 was the second warmest on record and the end of the warmest decade, 2010 to 2019; and with a global average temperature of 1.1°C above estimated pre-industrial levels”.
It is a fact that climate change is resulting in climate hazard events and disasters, which are increasing both in frequency and intensity. Floods, heatwaves, cyclones, wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, and landslides are impacting the global population disproportionately, putting more vulnerable groups (such as women, children, the elderly, and people with disability and the poor) at risk and disrupting education, food supplies and access to clean water.
What role for the cities?
Cities are central hubs for business, the arts, science, and social development but they also represent places of great learning and opportunity. Cities are reach of modern facilities and resources but this very demand for resources and infrastructures posed by increasing migration and urbanisation ended in putting at risk the future sustainability of our cities.
This is important because almost half of the world’s population now lives in cities and by 2030, that is expected to rise to 60%: another challenge for developing countries! Still, many cities are struggling to address the issue of a lack of affordable and social housing, air pollution, increasing traffic and infrastructure that is in urgent need or repair and/or expansion - this includes the 828 million people who live in slums.
By 2030, the UN aims to make sure that all people have access to affordable and safe housing and services, including roads and public transport, especially vulnerable groups including children, women, the elderly and the disabled. It also advocates for access to more safe and inclusive green open spaces.
What are Play Edo Australia's actions?
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources, and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
Natural resource depletion and adverse impacts of environmental degradation, including desertification, drought, land degradation, freshwater scarcity, and loss of biodiversity, add to and exacerbate the list of challenges that humanity faces. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Increases in global temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other climate change impacts are seriously affecting coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries, including many least developed countries and small island developing States.
Hence, the Edo building bricks are an Australian eco-friendly toy because investing in a local production made from recycled cardboard. In the end, the Edo blocks are 100% recyclable, totally plastic, glue and toxic materials free for our children's benefit but also perfect for our planet's future!
So…what are you waiting for?