Matchbox has made a carbon-neutral toy car

And the toy car its made is a Tesla Roadster

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The toy car you see here is not like the one lying in your collection. No, this Tesla Roadster from Matchbox is made from 99 per cent recycled material, and sold carbon-neutral certified in compostable packaging. This toy car is the start of a revolution at Mattel.

Mattel has announced that every Matchbox toy and die-cast car, including the packaging they come in, will be made with 100% recyclable plastics by 2030. From now, all the plastic packaging will be replaced by paper foam and Mattel says that it will introduce more EV toys in the future.

This Tesla Roadster is the first step for Matchbox in becoming carbon-neutral.

The 99 per cent recycled material of the toy car includes 62.1% recycled zinc and 36.9% recycled plastic. The 1% non-recycled material is stainless steel.

The side windows, windshield, rear window and roof panel are made from transparent plastic. That 1% stainless steel was used to make the axles of the car. The coolest part of the toy car is a yoke steering wheel that can be seen in its interior.

To complement the Tesla Roadster, Matchbox has also launched EV charging playsets just like Gas station play sets. The only different being that the former will have EV chargers.

Roberto Stanichi, owner of Mattel’s rather grand Global Head of Vehicles title, said: “Matchbox is committing to using 100 per cent 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."

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Comments (31)

  • Fair. One day someone will manage to get a PR statement out without using the word 'empower' though.

      1 month ago
  • I genuinely don't care as I wouldn't ever buy anything related to Tesla in my life 😁. Besides, it's not exactly revolutionary using recycled materials, is it? I don't understand why they don't just do it in the real world. That would surely render a car carbon neutral in production.

      1 month ago
    • I like the idea behind it, but i'd rather have something besides a Roadster. Planned obsolescence wouldn't be so bad in the car industry if they used more recycled materials.

        1 month ago
    • Yeah, I'm just not a fan of Tesla at all

        1 month ago
  • I would buy a carbon neutral toy car if it was a model of a gas car.

      1 month ago
    • Don't worry I have been posting some Matchbox and Corgi diecast vehicles that were my dad's and Uncles on live and let diecast tribe and the model cars were built around the 1960's-1970's. Non have been thrown away but looked after and...

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        1 month ago
  • Let's pretend to charge the car for 30min!!! yay!!

      1 month ago
  • Interesting! Probably not a coincidence they picked the Tesla Roadster for their first attempt, eh?

      1 month ago