If your toys and packages come tied up in vast amounts of plastic, it might be time to ask companies to use less plastic. While many of us know that plastic waste is one of the largest sources of global pollution, the use of plastic packaging continues.
This is why companies are trying to figure out better ways to make products and minimize plastic use. Lego, for example, is trying out recyclable paper bags to pack the lego pieces in. In fact, by 2025, almost all Lego sets are expected to be packed in recyclable paper bags instead of plastic. The lego pieces themselves could be made using biodegradable material, but that’s not as easy as it sounds! The company tried making Lego using corn, but the pieces weren’t strong enough. When they tried using wheat, the paint colors didn’t absorb into the pieces easily. The company had some success making lego pieces using sugarcane, but only 2 percent of lego pieces are made with this material today. The company has vowed that by 2030, 100 percent of the bricks will be made using sustainable products. Until then, the company encourages people to reuse lego products by donating old lego sets!
If you had an idea for Lego to be more environmentally friendly, what would it be?