Long aware that its plastic bricks potentially contribute to global garbage, LEGO takes its environmental sustainability initiatives seriously. In their recent 1HY-2021 Financial Results report, the company announced the success of their paper packaging trial period. LEGO thus plans to increase implementation of paper-bag packaging for their products from 2022 to 2025. Eventually the familiar plastic polybags will be phased out for sustainable paper material. Now there are certain ancillary LEGO products that would be packed in paper sooner than others. As The Brick Fan would have it, paper packs may become the norm for LEGO baseplates by next year.
For LEGO builders who want their constructs, particularly structures, to stay put, baseplates are essential. Four baseplate colors will not only be repackaged in paper this coming 2022, they will be renumbered as well. Here’s a list for convenient reference.
- Green Baseplate (10700) will become (11023)
- Gray Baseplate (10701) will become (11024)
- Blue Baseplate (10714) will become (11025)
- White Baseplate (11010) will become (11026)
LEGO deems this announcement necessary because the old plastic-packed baseplates with old numberings will be “retired.” That of course would only make way for the new paper-packed baseplates with updated numbers. So we can nip any panic that “LEGO’s stopped making brick baseplates” in the bud. Worry not; a new sustainably-packaged line of LEGO baseplates will be arriving by March 2022.