Bring Your Best Game

August 27, 2008 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

For those of you that haven’t been paying attention, Christmas is a mere 137 days away. According to mass-merchants like Walgreens and Michaels it’s time to start making your list and checking it twice.

While you’re at it, you might as well add Bioviva and Head1liners to your list of stocking-stuffers, two ‘green’ games that are certain to be high on any eco-geek’s Christmas wish list.

You’ve never head of Bioviva or Head1liners? It’s not surprising. Despite garnering 13 awards internationally for their use of recycled materials and educational value, both games are relative unknowns in the $1 billion US board game market, a market that is currently dominated by the likes of age-old favorites such as Monopoly and Risk (#1 and #2, respectively, on the list).

However, Tony Kvale, owner of Good Natured Games, believes green games offer a huge opportunity not only to entertain, but also to cut waste and conserve natural resources. Kvale estimates the use of 100% recycled fibers in the games his company sells and distributes has saved nearly 10,000 trees, reduced CO2 emissions by 850,000 pounds, eliminated 450,000 pound of solid waste, and conserved 3.5 million gallons of water since 2005, the year he started business.

Aside from marketing his own company, Kvale recently used his stats in a presentation when Forbes Magazine held a contest to boost small entrepreneurs. Good Natured Games is one of 20 companies that made it into the semi-final round of the competition pitting his company’s products against other ‘green’ companies vying for the $100,000 investment prize. Should Kvale make the final cut his plans for the prize money include further design, testing, and marketing of more Kvale copyrighted games.

Considering the recent recall of 22 million toys and games, Good Natured Games is a breath of fresh air to the game industry. What Kvale offers goes beyond simple entertainment value. Good Natured Games is striving to change the world one winner at a time. What a compelling reason to switch off the TV for a while and sit down for some old-fashioned fun.

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By briansrapier

[via Treehugger]

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