Following news that LEGO would begin trialing paper bags as substitutes for internal plastic bags, we’re getting the first peek at this upcoming change, thanks to Bricksfanz.
This year’s LEGO Employee Gift – Ninjago Temple of Celebrations sees the first set where we get a glimpse of what could be the future of LEGO packaging – numbered paper bags!
In their efforts to boost their sustainable practices across the entire supply chain, LEGO have committed towards transitioning towards 100% sustainable packaging by 2025.
This is fantastic news, as I absolutely hate the amount of plastic waste that is generated with each LEGO set – a problem that is exacerbated with large sets, where you could have 20-30 plastic bags.
We should see more paper packaging in LEGO sets in 2022, with the first publicly available ones being LEGO Baseplates, which will transition to paper packaging around March 2022..
It’s really great to finally get to see these long-awaited paper bags, and I think it’s a really nice gesture that LEGO Employees and partners are getting the first taste of them, ahead of the general public!
Can’t wait to see these appear in more LEGO sets, hopefully in 2022!
Marina Teramond @ N.M.P.L. says
To tell the truth, this news blew my mind because before this moment I hadn’t heard about such changes in the LEGO company and I can say that it can only arouse my admiration. I think that they are heading in the right direction by trialing paper bags as substitutes for internal plastic bag because it will entail positive consequences and I am certain that many people will completely share LEGO’s position. From my point of view, more and more enterprises should follow their example because plastic waste is a global problem in our world which doesn’t have due attention. I’m certain that this decision to switch to paper packaging will be successful and it seems to me that it will even increase the quantity of buyers. I’m looking forward to seeing these changes!
Lionel Berecry-Smith says
Have a look at the https://redcycle.net.au/ website for plastic recycling. They take all soft plastics and recycle them and every Woolworths has a receptacle at the front counter in which you can dispose of your soft plastics, including single use plastic bags. While paper bags are certainly easier to recycle, most plastics no longer have to go to landfill.
Bonface kinyua Gatithi says
I wish to be part of the Green making environment free pollution… How I wish I can be lucky to be a supplier of these papers
Lego should move one step forward: NO bags at all, all parts in a mess inside a recycled cardboard box, especially UCS sets :).
(how cheap modern sets looks like compare to those from the 80s !)
I LOVE this idea from Lego!! I really dislike the huge amount of plastic bag waste (I REDcycle it though). Not seeing the pieces is really no big deal and anyway you open the bag and just pour it all out! Paper is much more easily recycled and a smart move imo 👍
Great move, delighted to see any reduction in plastic waste
GURVINDER SINGH GANDU says
I dont like this move. The current one is fine with no problems. The clear plastic means you can inspect for any damage before buying it. Paper package will mean the plastic cuts the paper leaving holes or paper bits stuck in the studs. The new packaging is so ugly and horrible. The old one is much nicer and you can reuse it. Now its just cheap paper but costs more!
Lego comes in paper boxes that you don’t see the pieces :/ … It’s the bags inside the boxes. Unless you’re opening boxes in stores to check ?? … If you ever have a damaged or lost piece you can always write to Lego and they’ll happily replace the piece free of charg in the mail
“This year’s LEGO Employee Gift – Ninjago Temple of Celebrations sees the first set where we get a glimpse of what could be the future of LEGO packaging – numbered plastic bags!”
That should read ” – numbered paper bags!”
oops, sorry thank you!
Personally I leave the pieces in the bags and pull them out as needed so they don’t get lost. I also keep a small bag for spares and tape it closed when finished. The larger Lego bags do have a recyclable logo on them so I assume they are recyclable and put them in the recycling bin. (Recycling will differ depending on region, so some areas may not be able to process them.)
But I digress. It’s a good move by Lego and one that is completely supported.
Yeah, I compile a ton of them, and make trips to the soft plastic recycling station.
I do think one of the main consequences is the “sound of LEGO bricks” rattling about in boxes will change.
JOHN SMALL says
I predict a side effect bonus of these white, (mostly?) opaque bags: no longer will tiny elements have any chance of hiding themselves in the clear plastic wrapper/bag where the printing on the plastic can help hide a tiny black stud or something. I suppose you could even candle them for good measure before discarding them.
Many times my kids tell me that a piece or two is missing as they are assembling the set and when we check all the “empty” plastic bags we often (always?) find the tiny missing piece.
It’s like the socks that stick to the inside of the dryer drum and you can’t see it when you pull out your laundry.
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