Within each non-basic set of LEGO bricks, you will find a series of plastic bags with numbers printed on the sides. You will receive a set of 3 or more, each with a set of LEGO bricks that correspond to the set’s instruction booklet. In an effort to promote sustainability and assist in the preservation of all life on Earth, LEGO will begin to eliminate this waste system in the coming years.
Make no mistake – LEGO will not do away with LEGO sets with instructions and will not get rid of the numbering system. Instead, they are changing the materials with which LEGO bricks are packed in their boxes. Soon, plastic will be paper.
Instead of disposable plastic bags, Lego bricks will be placed in recyclable paper bags certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. These paper bags will be “tested” in LEGO boxes starting in 2021. LEGO suggests that this is part of its “ambition to make all [LEGO toy] packaging sustainable by the end of 2025”.
“We received many letters from children about the environment asking us to remove disposable plastic packaging,” said LEGO Group CEO Niels B Christiansen. “We have been exploring alternatives for some time now and children’s passion and ideas have inspired us to start making change.”
LEGO made the effort to test several types of bags on its way to the ad this week. Several “prototypes made from a variety of different sustainable materials” have been tested with hundreds of parents and children. The bags chosen for 2021 were selected because they are environmentally friendly – but also because they are easier to open!
It’s a small matter for most people – most people don’t buy and / or open more than a few sets of LEGO a year. But for people who love bricks who buy and / or open a set every few weeks, the ease with which a plastic bag of Lego bricks can be opened is an important enough issue to take care of. Cross your fingers, this paper bag situation works!