Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Tyrannosaurus
Bandai Hobby Center
The Bandai Namco Group's sustainability policy is to work together with fans based on the IP axis strategy to advance sustainability activities that focus on the social issues that the Group should address. Based on this policy, we will introduce sustainability activities that are unique to Bandai Spirits, which deepen our connection with customers and fans.
Used runners are collected from fans by installing collection boxes at approximately 200 directly amusement facilities operated by Bandai Namco Amusement. Bandai Logipal trucks that transport amusement prizes to facilities bring back runners on their return trips, thereby reducing the environmental impact of transportation.
With the help of our fans, we collected about 11 tons of runners in the 2021 fiscal year, and we collected about 21 tons in the 2022 fiscal year.
The collected runners, together with plastic waste from the plastic model production process, are partially reused as materials for demonstration experiments to realize chemical recycling, and the rest is reused through material and thermal recycling.
Material recycling is a recycling method in which used plastics are crushed, melted, and solidified for reuse. "ECOPLA" are products that make use of this recycled material.
At an event titled Operation Gundam R (Recycle), we distribute ECOPLA and conduct activities to raise awareness about recycling through Gundam and Gunpla by offering visitors the opportunity to experience everything from assembly to collection.
Deputy General Manager,
Global Business Department
and Creation Department,
How we will use our limited resources going forward is an important issue for us. Through the Gunpla Recycling Project, we recycle plastic model runners to be used as a resource to allow fans to enjoy our products sustainably.
Gunpla-kun, a character designed to communicate the fun of plastic models, explains how the Gunpla Recycling Project works. The videos are used in“Gunpla Academia” classes.
Eggshell plastic is a new material made partly from eggshells, which are generated as industrial waste. We combine polystyrene resin and bio-derived (biomass) materials to reduce the percentage of petroleum-derived plastics we use.
GUNDAM NEXT FUTURE LIMITED ENTRY GRADE
1/144 RX-78-2 GUNDAM [CLASSIC COLOR]
*This is an event-exclusive product.
[What is Classic Color?]
Classic Color refers to a warm, classical coloring that makes the most of the color of the molding itself, which is born from the cycle.
Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Tyrannosaurus
Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Triceratops
By using LIMEX, a new material made mainly from limestone, we have reduced the percentage of petroleum-derived plastics used in our products to less than 50% by weight.
Runners made of KPS
KPS pellet material
We have developed KPS (reinforced [Kyouka] polystyrene [PS]), a new plastic material with superior strength and durability, and we are using it in plastic models. KPS offers both strength and flexibility and is suitable for painting and recycling. Bandai Spirits will continue its efforts to develop next-generation plastics.
(Left) Runners of products released in 1980
(Right) Runners of products released in 2020
We are working to minimize the amount of plastic used in runners. While maintaining their quality maintenance function, the runners have been designed to have as narrow a diameter as possible and have allowed us to eliminate the outer frame runners. The runner design has been improved based on the results of flow analysis of plastic resin, and the molds are made by skilled craftsmen to make high quality products while reducing the amount of material used.
■Using plastic models as subjects, students learn about factory production processes and the development of the latest advanced technologies.
■Students learn about the efforts of people involved in the production of plastic models and their work ethic.
■Students are given the opportunity to develop their own ideas about problems and solutions around sustaining high-quality manufacturing technology in the future.
|Target Audience||Fifth grade students at elementary schools(fourth and sixth grade students can also participate)|
|Subjects||Social Studies—Industrial Production in Japan (5th grade), integrated learning time/special activities, as part of learning about the SDGs|
|Teaching Materials||Teaching plan, videos, plastic model for assembly experience, etc. (all free of charge)|
|Hours||Pre-lesson (45 minutes × 2 periods), main lesson (45 minutes × 1 period), enrichment lesson (45 minutes × 1 period or more)|
At the Bandai Hobby Center (Naganuma, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka), which serves as the plastic model production plant for Bandai Spirits, carbon offsetting and power purchase agreements (PPAs) have reduced CO2 emissions from electricity use to net zero.
Reuse system for rainwater and well water
At the rainwater storage facility located under the plant, which has a storage capacity of 2 tons, stored rainwater and well water are filtered through a purification system and reused in the plant's toilets as washing water. As a result, approximately 2,000 tons of water is reused annually.
The Bandai Hobby Center pursues the evolution of plastic model technology and continues its environmental efforts.
We have reexamined the use of clear plastic blisters (PET) as cushioning material for figures such as the Ichibankuji and are now actively switching to cardboard packaging.
Change in specifications of Ichibankuji figure packages
For some figure products, we are working to reduce the amount of paper used in instruction manuals by printing instructions directly on the packaging. In addition, the backing paper design that forms a background for the figure inside the package is printed directly on the package to reduce the amount of paper used.
Package with instructions printed directly
A product with the background design printed directly on the box without the backing paper
In order to provide safe and reliable products and services to fans, we have established a number of quality standards related to safety, performance, and labeling, which we continue to strictly enforce. We are also actively working to implement these standards globally.
In addition to inspections prior to mass production, we conduct inspections prior to factory shipment and product acceptance inspections at our partner plants in Japan and overseas. We strive to maintain and improve product quality by conducting multiple inspections for each process.
We also conduct ongoing plant audits at the final packaging plants where our products are manufactured. In addition to maintenance work and environment checks of facilities, we conduct regular checks of a wide range of items, including management systems for equipment, products and materials, and the working environment.
Inspections prior to shipment from the plant
Checking the operation of a needle detector
Checking the management
of tools and equipment
Updated June 2023