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New Barbie Doll Made of Recycled Plastic Pays Tribute to Dr. Jane Goodall: ‘Absolutely Delighted

New Barbie Doll Made of Recycled Plastic Pays Tribute to Dr. Jane Goodall: 'Absolutely Delighted'

One of the world’s top conservationists has inspired Barbie’s latest makeover!

Barbie is going green with a new doll modeled depois Dr. Jane Goodall, which Mattel is releasing Tuesday ahead of World Chimpanzee Day. According to the company, Goodall’s Barbie doll is made of 90 percent recycled plastic that otherwise would have been bound for the ocean.

The 88-year-old researcher tells PEOPLE she isabsolutely delightedto see herself as a Barbie doll, something she long hoped for. Goodall says she wants her Barbie toinspire little girlseverywhere.

So many people know about Jane because I’m in their school textbooks, and they learn about me at school,” ela diz, “so I think they’ll be thrilled to be given a Barbie Jane.

Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel, said in a statement that the company isexcited to unveilthe new doll.

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie
A look at Barbie’s new Jane Goodall doll and her accessories
| Crédito: Mattel

Kids need more role models like Dr. Jane Goodall because imagining they can be anything is just the beginning – seeing it makes all the difference,” said McKnight.

We hope this collection and homage to a groundbreaking pioneer for women in science inspires girls to learn more about green careers, how they can protect the planet, and act out sustainable stories in their doll play,” ela adicionou.

Each doll will come with various items, including a pair of binoculars, a field notebook and a miniature replica of David Greybeard, the first male chimpanzee Goodall named and befriended at Gombe National Park in Tanzania.

Goodall, who is celebrating the 62nd anniversary of her first trip to the park, tells PEOPLE she offered her input on the finer details of the doll and hopes they will encourage girls to think beyond gender norms.

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie
Crédito: Michael Neugebauer/Courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute

The Barbie dolls originally, the ones I saw my little girls playing with, they were very girly,” ela diz. “E eu pensei, 'Nós vamos, we want to change that!'”

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Mattel is also entering a global partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute and its global youth Roots & Shoots program. De acordo com sua local na rede Internet, the program allows children to feelempowered to use their voice and actions to make compassionate decisions, influencing and leading change in their communities.

Through Barbie, Goodall says, the message about climate changewill go far and wide.It’s an issueeverybody can get involved” com, Ela adiciona.

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie
Crédito: Courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute

“Todos os dias, you can make choices in how you behave,” ela diz a PEOPLE. Por exemplo, eating less meatis a huge, huge benefit to the environment,” though eating no meat is preferable, Goodall says.

Goodall also highlights how the Earth’s climateis being affectedby ocean pollution, especially plastic. Microplastics are now found in much of the seafood around the world, ela diz a PEOPLE.

The Goodall Barbie doll reflects the brand and Mattel’s effortsto achieve 100 percent recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials in all products and packaging by 2030,” de acordo com o site da empresa.

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie

Jane Goodall Gets Her Own Barbie
Crédito: Courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute

Goodall is the latest woman to be honored as part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series. The collection paid tribute to Ida B. Wells earlier this year and figures such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Helen Keller e Eleanor Roosevelt em 2021.

Barbie said the women honored as part of the seriesmade the world a better place for future generations of girls.

Goodall will also be honored in a special episode of Barbie’s You Can Be Anything Series.