Even really tiny cars are getting greener, with toy brand Matchbox revealing its latest selection of diecast cars will incorporate recycled zinc.
As part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, Matchbox is launching a range of special diecasts, each featuring platinum anniversary details, and covering vehicles from across that seven-decade span.
That means a bunch of classic cars as well as more modern offerings, and a quick glance at the 70th anniversary range reveals models as diverse as the Porsche 910 and Jaguar D-Type racers, an MGB GT and Morris Minor convertible, a classic Jeep FC, and a Routemaster bus – among others.
Diecast cars often use zinc in their construction – its fluidity during the casting process allows for more intricate designs, and it’s resistant to corrosion too. Conveniently, it’s also highly recyclable, and these latest castings will include a proportion of recycled zinc, helping reduce their environmental impact.
Matchbox will also make improvements in other areas of the business, with a vision to make all its toys and packaging from 100 per cent recycled, recyclable, or bio-based materials by 2030, so these 70th anniversary models will no doubt be the first of many.
The new toys are part of a limited-edition line, but should be available throughout 2023, with UK toy-hunters finding them in the likes of Tesco, Sainsburys, B&M Bargain, Morrisons, The Entertainer and Toymaster, with an RRP starting from £2.30 for single models. And even if it’s not for you, there can’t be many more affordable ways to spark the interest in the next generation of car enthusiast.