These days there's a lot of talk about single use plastics and the amount of waste that accumulates because of the amount packaging that gets ripped open and thrown away - ready to drift into the sea and kill some turtles. A lot of big companies have announced their plans to tackle the issue, and now Lego has revealed it wants to make sure its packaging is 100 per cent sustainable by 2025.
At a glance the company does a pretty good job, seeing as how most of the stuff it produces comes packaged in lovely recyclable cardboard. Anyone who's opened up a Lego set, especially the big ones, will also know that there are a lot of plastic bags in there as well. So it's a pretty mixed bag all round. The original plan had been to achieve the 100 per cent goal by 2030, but target has been moved forwards - presumably in light of the recent renewed interest in the amount of waste human beings produce.
Currently around 75 per cent of Lego's cardboard boxes are made from recycled material, and the average size has been reduced by around 14 per cent. Similarly it started using recycled plastic this year. Now the aim is to ensure 100 per cent of all packaging material comes from either recycled material or sustainably sourced biomaterial, while optimising the size of its packaging and cutting down on unused space. Finally the company is going to make sure packaging is actually made of material that can be recycled in its main markets - though that does rely on local authorities actually bothering to recycle common materials. Something many of them have a tendency not to do.
That's not all the company has done for the planet. lego revealed that last year 100 per cent of the energy it used to manufacture Lego pieces was balanced by renewable energy. While this doesn't necessarily mean all Lego buildings only get renewable power (they are still connected to the grid), it does mean Lego has invested heavily in wind power to ensure its generating more energy than its factories are using. The company has also been working on reducing the energy needed to make a single Lego brick by 10 per cent since 2013, and it's producing its first sustainable pieces before the year is up. [Environmental Protection]