Responsibility is a rising trend, but the Finnish game and toy company Tactic has committed to responsibility since the beginning. All Tactic products are not only entertaining but also sustainably produced. Tactic plans to continue investing in sustainable development and is ready to invest in newer, greener technology. Let’s take a peek at how the world’s most responsible game products are made at Tactic’s factory in Pori, Finland.
Innovation is the desire to develop
At Tactic, product development plays an essential role, with products always based on genuine consumer needs. Industry trends are closely monitored, and based on that, considered what types of products people want in the market. To succeed in the games business, you must understand what people are interested in and how they want to be entertained, learn, or spend time. Tactic aims to create products that are both innovative and durable, considering sustainability perspectives from the design stage, such as maximizing the number of plays.
Conscious customers are increasingly inquiring about the origin of products and materials. Tactic’s CEO, Lauri Nieminen, notes that in terms of responsibility, Tactic stands up exceptionally well when compared to any competitor’s products. One must be willing to change, take concrete actions, and occasionally take calculated risks for responsibility. It takes courage and uniqueness to do things differently, but for Tactic, responsibility is so important that the risk is worth taking. Tactic is also ready to invest in new technologies that reduce waste and energy consumption.
Production firmly in own hands
One of the foundational pillars of Tactic’s responsibility thinking is its production – both a significant source of pride and an extremely responsible choice. At their own Pori factory in Finland, Tactic’s production remains firmly in the company’s hands, ensuring responsible and sustainable supply chains, production monitoring, and optimal working conditions. Careful production planning accommodates long-term sustainable development. After meticulous optimization, production runs with fewer resources, consuming less electricity and producing less waste.
Part of reducing material waste is optimizing designed products for their production equipment. It’s optimal for production machines to use sheets of a certain size, thus reducing waste. Older products are also redesigned, introducing new design solutions that use cardboard space more efficiently. The main criterion is that the sheets have no wasted space, utilizing all the material as efficiently as possible.
Material supply chains in check
Tactic continuously contemplates how game parts traditionally made from plastic or other unsustainable materials can be replaced with more responsible and sustainable options. Tactic has always been very particular that their games consist of durable materials. Raw materials are chosen to be as eco-friendly as possible and sourced locally. Emissions are also closely monitored.
It brings Tactic great pride and joy when they design a game with no plastic at all. Instead of plastic, the most sustainable cardboard solution is always sought. A durable product is one that lasts for many plays, both in terms of quality and gameplay. Mölkky is one such success story that is conquering the world. Mölkky is a thoroughly ecological choice for shared game moments, with the game pieces made in Pori from local birch. Mölkky has become a strong, beautiful, and Finnish brand.
Tactic’s product development manager, Veera Vaajasalmi, oversees responsibility-related certificates. The PEFC and FSC certificates the company has received indicate that the origin chains of the wood, cardboard, and paper used in the products support sustainable development. Vaajasalmi states that they always know the origin of raw materials, from where the tree grew and how it was cultivated to the point of harvesting. The company’s excellent work in the area of responsibility is also closely monitored with annual audits.
Mother Earth is the flagship of responsibility
The new game for Fall 2023, Mother Earth, showcases Tactic’s expertise in responsibility in an entirely new way. The Mother Earth board game responds to the environmental concerns especially observed among young people. In these times, we all should think more about how we can help nature and the planet fare better.
Mother Earth approaches environmental issues through positive actions. This entertaining game includes a fun cooperative feature and plenty of interaction among players. The game guides thoughts on what small actions can we achieve to save the Earth. The game is suitable for everyone; it challenges those who already know a lot about environmental issues and also provides food for thought for those who haven’t considered the topic at all.
The mechanics, content, and illustrations of the Mother Earth game reflect environmental values, and the game’s material choices also support sustainable development. Only recycled cardboard is used in the game, and the wooden buttons and dice are FSC-certified. Mother Earth is an excellent example of Tactic’s commitment to promoting sustainable development.
With uncompromising work, Tactic has demonstrated that responsibility and fun can go hand in hand. The company not only produces high-quality and entertaining games but does so in a way that benefits both the environment and people. This makes Tactic not just an innovator in the gaming industry but also a leader in sustainable development.
Learn more about Mother Earth Trivia: www.tactic.net/en/mother-earth/