New World has released its latest collectible miniatures, but this time it’s not tiny plastic Nutri-Grain packets, cooking oil or Super Wine biscuits. Instead, it’s taken a more sustainable turn and has launched Little Garden, enabling kids to collect miniature seedling kits. We chat to GoodSense managing director Kath Dewar about New World’s decision to move away from plastic collectibles.
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In 2009, when Alex Gledhill co-founded Quina Fina tonic water, he wanted to create a traditional variation of tonic water that contained the bark of cinchona. However, after following his research to the Ecuadorian province of Loja – the natural habitat of cinchona – he discovered that the tree was on the brink of extinction due to deforestation caused by the high demand for the antimalarial properties found in the bark. Rather than just accepting this problem, Gledhill decided to do something about it.