The LEGO Group’s plan to roll out paper bags in sets has started with the employee gift from 2021, which contains the first recyclable replacements for traditional plastic bags.
Following a ‘successful trial’ of its sustainable solution for packaging inside LEGO boxes, the company announced that it would begin a wider roll-out of the paper bags from early next year. We’ve yet to see the results of that roll-out in any of the 2022 sets we’ve reviewed so far, but the paper bags have apparently debuted in this year’s employee gift.
Recently revealed as 4002021 The Temple of Celebrations, the exclusive set – which is part of an annual tradition that sees a festive model given away to LEGO employees – is a seasonal celebration of NINJAGO’s 10th anniversary. And according to LEGO fan website BricksFanz, the limited-edition set includes the first paper bags we’ve seen in the wild.
The monochromatic bags mask the pieces inside, which is probably the biggest practical change from the traditional plastic bags – beyond the material – but they otherwise serve the same purpose as the original bags, right down to their numbering. They’re also decorated with a LEGO brick design, and can even stand upright.
Look out for these paper bags in new sets from early 2022, although if our review copies are anything to go by, it could be a while before they fully replace plastic bags. Either way, it’s another key step in the LEGO Group’s ambition to make its packaging fully recyclable by 2025.