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LEGO to phase out single-use plastic packaging

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The LEGO Group has announced plans to package its products in recyclable paper rather than single-use plastic.

London (CNN Business)The LEGO Group has announced plans to package its products in recyclable paper rather than single-use plastic.

"We receive lots of letters from children asking why we still use single-use plastic in our boxes, which inspired us to begin to make this change," said Tim Brooks, vice president of environmental responsibility at LEGO.

The LEGO Group, which benefited from a surge in sales during lockdowns as more people of all ages bought sets, uses about 5,000 metric tons of plastic a year to box its products, accounting for 10% of its total packaging.

A much bigger problem is the LEGO pieces themselves, which require 90,000 metric tons of plastic a year to make.

For example, Nestlé (NSRGY), which used 1. 5 million metric tons of plastic packaging last year, said in January that it plans to pay more for recycled material in order to encourage new suppliers to enter the market for used plastics that are suitable for food packaging.

LEGO said on Tuesday that it is working with research institutes and other businesses to find materials that are as durable and high quality as plastic.

The company aims to make all its products from sustainable materials by 2030 and said it will increase its use of "bio bricks," such as those made from plant-based materials like sugar cane, which currently account for around 80 of its 3,600 pieces, or about 2%.

"While it's great to see a company facing up to the harm caused by their single use plastic packaging and taking action, LEGO's entire business is based on plastic so they need to go the extra mile to really be sustainable," Priestland added.

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