Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Play-doh Containers Are Recyclable!
My kids are crazy for Hasbro's Play-doh, but my problem with it has always been that the containers don't appear to be recyclable. I was thinking about this the other day and decided to write to Hasbro about it. I've pasted my conversation with them below.
While I'm relieved to find out they are, in fact, recyclable, I am frustrated by their apparent resistance to mark them as such.
Of course, this could all be avoided by simply making our own play-doh. There are ton of recipes online.
The bolding is my own.
ME: 03/15/2010 02:29 PM I am writing to request that you please use recyclable packaging for your Play-doh products. It kills me every time we have to toss one of those little jars into the trash rather than the recycle bin. And we buy a lot of Play-doh. We recently received a gift of the animal activity bucket and I was dismayed to find that even that bucket was non-recyclable. Having just read the President & CEO's message on the website about social responsibility, it's hard to take it seriously when you don't use recyclable (and recycled!) plastic for what is probably your most popular item. I hope someone will read this who will actually take this into consideration. I'm going to start looking for a different brand of dough that uses recyclable packaging. Thank you for your time.
HASBRO: 03/18/2010 03:34 PM Hi Kira, Thank you for contacting Hasbro, Inc. We are pleased to be able to respond. In response to your inquiry, our Play-Doh cans can be recycled, however, there are no numbers on the cans. You must recycle according to your area. We want to assure you that we are dedicated to maintaining quality products and service. We hope you and your family will continue to enjoy our products for many years to come. Again, thank you for contacting us.
ME: 03/18/2010 04:30 PM Traditionally, if there's no number on the bottom of a plastic container, it is considered un-recyclable. I urge you, then, to put the number on there. Additionally, recycling must be sorted for pick up. If there's no number, how do you sort it? Can you tell me what number plastic it is? Thank you.
HASBRO: 03/19/2010 09:29 AM Hi Kira, Thank you for your response. We have not experienced any problems with consumers recycling our Play-Doh cans. As Play-Doh is loved by consumers around the world and all the manufacturing comes from the same place, and because there are different recycling requirements by country, it would be next to impossible to control the markings without causing confusion. Our Play-Doh cans use 3 different kinds of resin. The can itself is PP (Polypropolene), or number 5, and the lids are EITHER a blend of LDPE (Low density Polyethylene), which is #4, and HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), which is #2, OR just HDPE (2). We appreciate having the opportunity to assist you.
ME: 03/19/2010 12:56 PM Thanks again for your response. I have to disagree with you, however, as the now-classic recycling symbol with the three chasing arrows is universal - meaning international. I understand not using the numbers, but there's no reason not to use the symbol. A quick survey of my friends confirmed my belief that when there is no recycling symbol on a plastic container, it is considered non-recyclable and ends up in a landfill. So, I think Hasbro is making a big & incorrect assumption about its consumers - particularly since so many are resistant to going out of their way to recycle. They aren't going to research whether a container is recyclable. They need to see the symbol. Maybe that's why Hasbro knows of no problems with their consumers recycling their unmarked containers. I sincerely hope Hasbro will reconsider their practice of not marking recyclable containers as such. Is there someone higher up I should try to contact about this or will you pass it on? And thank you for letting me know the resin numbers - I will post them on my blog so that others will also know to recycle their Play-doh containers.
HASBRO: 03/19/2010 04:23 PM Hi Kira, Thank you for your email. Please be assured we have forwarded your comments to our management team so that they are also aware of your views. We want to assure you that we are dedicated to maintaining quality products and service. We hope you and your family will continue to enjoy our products for many years to come. Again, thank you for contacting us, and for your comments.
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