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Industry news MISS MILLY ACHIEVES INDUSTRY RECOGNITION Miss Milly has been announced as Finalist in the Federation of Small Business Awards (FSB) for the West Midlands Self-Employed Trader of The Year, as well as being shortlisted for B2B Business of the Year by BizBubble, a small business network and community organisation. On Monday 7 March as part of International Women’s Day celebrations, Sarah Watmore, founder of Miss Milly, will be attending a special event at the House of Lords. In Spring 2021, Sarah was named as one of F:Entrepreneur’s ialso 100, a campaign highlighting, celebrating and promoting inspiring female entrepreneurs in the UK. The #ialso element showcases women all over the UK living the ‘I also’ life. In Sarah’s case, she has been proactive in promoting women’s virtual cycling through the establishment of the first female only multi-stage online race and captaining a women’s race team, as well as setting up a new off-the-bike clothing brand during lockdown. Now in its 10th year of trading, Miss Milly is known for its colourful, reasonably priced jewellery and accessories, and is stocked by retailers throughout the UK. You can reach the team on 01905 622509 or browse the collections at Catch up on all the latest in our news round up DANTOY LAUNCHES BLUE MARINE TOYS LINE MADE FROM RECYCLED MARITIME MATERIALS dantoy has launched its newest line – Blue Marine Toys, a range made from recycled maritime materials. The launch follows a successful few years for the company; in 2018 dantoy launched its BIO-line, which was made from sugarcane, then in 2020 dantoy launched the Green Bean line, products made from internal waste. Last year, dantoy unveiled its Take Back Strategy, in which it collects damaged dantoy toys to turn them into brand new ones. Marck Matthiasen, CEO dantoy, says, “Sustainability is not just a trend – it’s our DNA. By being open and welcoming the use of new materials, we can crack the need for new materials. It is a long and hard battle but here at dantoy it is a natural part of how we work and think.” Blue Marine toys is the new line produced from waste maritime materials, including fishing nets, ropes and trawls. Using its factory in Hobro, Denmark, dantoy then turned these into sand and water play toys, all in bright and appealing shades. The colours and the surface of the products will be different, but this is international in order to symbolise to retailers, parents, and children that the toys are 100 percent unique and fully sustainable. Inge S. Knakkergaard Quality and Environmental Coordinator, dantoy, says, “It is exciting and challenging to make colour mixes from fishing nets that have a dark green color as their base material. You have to think differently to achieve the different shades.” The colours and the shapes are inspired by sand, water, corals, etc. The development department at dantoy believes these all add an extra dimension to their newest line. It is estimated that more than 12 million tonnes of plastic will end up in the sea every year. 10% of this is maritime waste, such as nets, lines, and ropes. dantoy believes it is a natural choice to develop a line where sustainability can improve our oceans. For more information visit 8