LEGO has been doing various initiatives to help the environment and to use sustainable materials by the end of the next decade. They have recently announced that the company will be phasing out plastic retail bags in 2020. The plastic bags used at LEGO Brand and Certified Stores will be replaced by sustainably sourced paper bags. Some stores may have already been doing this for months now but their plan is for all stores to switch over. Check out the full press release below.

Single use plastic retail bags to be phased out of LEGO® Stores in 2020

As part of the LEGO Group’s ambition to use 100% sustainable materials in its packaging, the company is replacing single-use plastic retail bags with ones made from sustainably sourced paper.

[Billund, November 2019] The LEGO Group announced today that it will phase out plastic retail bags in all LEGO® Stores globally in 2020. The move, which is part of the LEGO Group’s ambition to use 100% sustainable materials in its packaging by 2025, will see all plastic retail bags replaced with ones made from sustainably sourced paper across the fleet of more than 500 stores.

The new paper bags will be introduced in stores once they have used up existing stocks of plastic retail bags to ensure no unnecessary waste is generated. The paper bags are made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified paper and are fully recyclable.

The LEGO Group’s sustainable packaging ambition focuses on finding sustainable packaging alternatives by 2025 that are:

– Renewable: 100% of LEGO boxes, bags, and special packaging are to be made from recycled or sustainably sourced renewable or recycled materials
– Efficient: ongoingly exploring ways to optimise packaging, balancing consumer appeal with environmental action
– Recyclable: designing packaging that can be recycled by consumers

So far, the LEGO Group has taken several steps to improve the sustainability of its packaging:

– In 2018, the company began using recycled plastic in packaging ‘blisters’ – the transparent plastic windows which allow consumers to have a sneak peek into some LEGO boxes
– In 2018, LEGO boxes in the US and Canada started to feature the How2Recycle® label promoting packaging recycling and providing US and Canadian consumers with clear guidance on how to responsibly recycle their LEGO packaging
– In 2017, plastic trays used in Advent Calendars were replaced with recyclable paper-pulp trays, saving up to 1 million plastic trays from going to landfill
– Approximately 75% of cardboard used to make LEGO boxes comes from recycled material
– The average size of a LEGO box has been reduced by 14% over the past five years, improving transport efficiency, saving on average every year over 3,000 truckloads and 7,000 tonnes of cardboard
– All paper and cardboard used in LEGO products and product packaging is recyclable, sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
– Today, over 90% of the packaging for LEGO sets, by weight, is cardboard or paper-based which is recyclable, sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council

The LEGO Group believes a new sustainable material must have an ever-lighter footprint than the material it replaces across key environmental and social impact areas such as fossil resource use, human rights and climate change.

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