Sustainable Jigsaw Puzzling: Embracing Eco-Friendly Practices

As environmental consciousness grows, the jigsaw puzzle industry is also embracing sustainable practices. From the materials used in manufacturing puzzles to the ways enthusiasts engage with this hobby, there are numerous opportunities to make puzzling more eco-friendly.

We’ve carefully selected our materials to minimize our environmental footprint. By prioritizing eco-friendly options and sustainable practices, we ensure that our products not only deliver high quality but also contribute to a healthier planet. Our commitment to using recycled materials and reducing waste reflects our dedication to environmental stewardship.

This shift not only helps reduce environmental impact but also aligns with the values of many consumers who are committed to sustainability. Here are some tips and insights on how to pursue sustainable puzzling effectively, including selecting the right products and adopting greener practices.

Select Eco-Friendly Materials

  • Recycled Cardboard and Paper: Choose puzzles made from recycled materials. This helps to minimize deforestation and reduces the waste sent to landfills.  The Missing Piece Puzzle Company uses 100% recycled board in the manufacturing process.  We use ESKA Chipboard, which is made from 100% recycled material. ESKA operates as a zero-waste plant with a nearly closed process water system and generates bio-gas.
  • Water Based Inks: We opt to manufacture puzzles printed with eco-friendly inks, which are less harmful to the environment and are user friendly. These inks are biodegradable, long lasting, and produce fewer pollutants during manufacturing. 

Invest in Durable, High-Quality Puzzles

  • Longevity Over Quantity: Select puzzles known for their durability and high quality. While they may be slightly more expensive, their extended lifespan reduces the need for frequent replacements, contributing to less waste.
  • Timeless Designs: Choose puzzles with classic designs that can be enjoyed repeatedly without becoming outdated or boring.  Custom Puzzles from your favorite family memories offer fun for generations to come.

Encourage Puzzle Recycling and Swapping

  • Puzzle Exchanges: Participate in or organize puzzle exchange events. This allows enthusiasts to trade puzzles, giving each puzzle a longer life and reducing the need to buy new ones.  This can also be achieved throughout families who turn their photos into custom puzzles.  Show your family legacy through a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Charity Donations: Donate completed mass-produced puzzles to schools, libraries, retirement homes, or charitable organizations. This not only extends the life of the puzzles but also benefits the community.
  • Online Swap Groups: Join online communities or social media groups dedicated to puzzle swapping. These platforms facilitate exchanges across wider geographic areas.
  • Build A Puzzle Exchange Box.  Build a puzzle exchange box, similar to a book exchange box, in front of your home or within the community to encourage an easy way to swap puzzles.  Leave one, take one is a great way to exchange puzzles.
  • Puzzle Rental Services: Some companies offer puzzle rental services where you can rent puzzles, complete them, and return them for others to use. This reduces the need for individual ownership and supports a circular economy.  This is a great way to swap puzzles especially if you live in a rural setting.

Support Eco-Conscious Companies

  • Research Brands: Look for companies that are transparent about their sustainability practices. Brands that use eco-friendly materials, ethical labor practices, and sustainable production methods are preferable.
  • The Missing Piece Puzzle Company's commitment to sustainability, quality and charitable giving that supports social initiatives has helped earn a reputation as a leader in the custom puzzle industry and a loyal customer base.

Reduce Packaging Waste

  • Minimal Packaging: Select puzzles with minimal and recyclable packaging. Avoid those with excessive plastic wrapping or non-recyclable materials.  Shrink wrap is not environmentally safe and should be avoided.
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging: Some companies offer puzzles in packaging made from recycled materials or that can be repurposed, further reducing waste.  
  • Bulk Purchases: Buy puzzles in bulk where possible. This reduces the amount of packaging per puzzle and often minimizes shipping impact.

Advocate for Sustainability

  • Spread the Word: Share your sustainable puzzling practices with friends and on social media. Highlight the benefits and ease of adopting eco-friendly habits.
  • Support Eco-Friendly Initiatives: Promote companies and products that prioritize sustainability. Your support can influence market trends and encourage other manufacturers to adopt greener practices.  Remember to tag us in your post, @themissingpiecepuzzlecompany.
  • Educate Others: Inform fellow puzzle enthusiasts about the environmental impact of their choices and how they can contribute to sustainability.

By incorporating these sustainable practices into your puzzling routine, you can significantly reduce your environmental footprint. This not only makes your hobby more eco-friendly but also sets an example for others to follow. Sustainable puzzling ensures that this enjoyable activity can continue to be cherished by future generations while respecting and preserving our planet.

The Missing Piece Puzzle Company

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We are a jigsaw puzzle manufacturer that is Made In America and our company turns your photo into puzzles with quality standards in mind.  The Missing Piece is believed to be the only jigsaw puzzle company that can make a puzzle for you in their retail store while you wait!  Now that's Made In America.  



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We are a Personalized Jigsaw Puzzle Company specializing in turning your most cherished photo memories into personalized photo jigsaw puzzles.  We go to extremes to make our puzzles the best and we make each and every puzzle to order. Utilizing only the finest quality machinery and printers, our puzzles are designed to last.  

Achievements for the Company

Named Sams Club and SCORE's 2015 The American Small Business Champion, we strive to make the best custom photo puzzle for your family to love.  

We were also featured on the TODAY Show  (12/11/14) showing our puzzles as special gifts for Christmas.  More recently, we were also featured on the TODAY Show with Hoda and Jenna, along with Yahoo Promoter Chassie Post, for Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas (5/1/2020).  

Our puzzles have been used on many Prime Time TV Shows, such as ELEMENTARY, ALL RISE, FARGO, to name a few.