Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Tyrannosaurus Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Tyrannosaurus

Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Tyrannosaurus

Bandai Hobby Center Bandai Hobby Center

Bandai Hobby Center

Gunpla Academia Gunpla Academia

Gunpla Academia

at Bandai Spirits

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.

Contributing to a Recycling-Oriented Society

Collection box for used runners Collection box for used runners

Collection box for used runners

Image of ECOPLA assembly workshop Image of ECOPLA assembly workshop

Image of ECOPLA assembly workshop

Operation Gundam R 2021 Operation Gundam R 2021

Operation Gundam R 2021

Gunpla Recycling

In April 2021, the four companies of the Bandai Namco Group (Bandai Namco Holdings, Bandai Spirits, Bandai Namco Amusement, and Bandai Logipal) jointly launched the Gunpla Recycling Project, which aims to collect runners from the Gunpla series of Gundam plastic models and work together with fans to contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society.

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.

Yukio Matsuhashi


Deputy General Manager,
Global Business Department
and Creation Department,
Hobby Division


Thoughts on the Gunpla Recycling Project

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.

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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.

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Relevant SDGs

Development of Environmentally Friendly
Materials and Technologies

Initiatives to Use Alternatives to Plastic

Some of our plastic models are made using plastic alternatives. We use these materials actively in an effort to reduce our use of petroleum-based plastics and contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Introducing the first Gunpla
made from eggshell plastic

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.


*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 Tyrannosaurus

Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Tyrannosaurus

Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Triceratops Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Triceratops

Dinosaur Skeleton Plastic Model Triceratops

Plastic models produced with a new material
made primarily from limestone

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 Runners made of KPS

Runners made of KPS

KPS pellet material KPS pellet material

KPS pellet material

Development of KPS,
a new plastic 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.

Multi-color molding machine Multi-color molding machine

Multi-color molding machine

Runners of plastic models produced by a multi-color molding machine Runners of plastic models produced by a multi-color molding machine

Runners of plastic models produced by a multi-color molding machine

Multi-color molding machines
to reduce consumption of power and materials

Multi-color molding is a Bandai Spirits proprietary technology that allows us to mold up to four colors and four different materials simultaneously. Plastic models have evolved dramatically through the use of multi-color molding machines, which have made it easy for anyone to assemble plastic models and make them look good. At the same time, these machines contribute significantly to the reduction of environmental impact in two ways.

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(Left) Runners of products released in 1980
(Right) Runners of products released in 2020

Design ingenuity
to reduce plastic materials

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.

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Relevant SDGs

Education and Awareness Initiatives

Plastic Model Class
“Gunpla Academia”

We have developed “Gunpla Academia,” a set of teaching materials based on Gunpla, and are providing it as a free class package to elementary schools with the aim of raising awareness about sustainable manufacturing.
The students learn about the fun and depth of manufacturing and how to respond to global environmental issues by actually touching and assembling Gunpla in assembly workshops, as well as by watching videos that introduce the production process, the people involved, our work, and our recycling activities.
The program began in October 2021, and by March 2023, approximately 240,000 children from approximately 3,800 elementary schools had participated.

The educational objectives of “Gunpla Academia”

■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)
Relevant SDGs

Improving and Passing On Skills

Meister System
to Hand Down Skills in Manufacturing

The Bandai Hobby Center strives to improve and pass on the skills to produce plastic models in order to meet the expectations of fans and continue to improve the value of plastic models.
In 2012, we introduced the Meister System to evaluate employees who have accumulated knowledge and outstanding skills in pursuit of product quality, as well as to train the next generation to further improve their skills.
Since 2022, our meisters have been offering extracurricular lessons to technical schools and universities in order to increase the number of manufacturing personnel in Japan. We are working to increase the number of future manufacturing personnel by teaching the next generation about our experiences and ideas in technological innovation and the challenges of working in manufacturing.


Junior Meister
Creation Department,
Hobby Division


Relevant SDGs

Domestic, Self-Owned Factories

BHC太陽光パネル BHC太陽光パネル

Bandai Hobby Center’s facilitiesReducing CO2 emissions to net zero

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.

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Reuse system for rainwater and well water

Bandai Hobby Center’s facilities2,000 tons of rainwater recycled annually through water storage and filtration

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.

Relevant SDGs

Reduction of Packaging Material

Optimization of packaging
for figure products

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

Relevant SDGs

Manufacturing with Consideration
for Safety and Security

Quality standards document

Strict implementation of quality standards

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.

Measures for safety and security at the production stage

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

Relevant SDGs

Updated June 2023