Lego slashes unsustainable supplies

13 July 2011

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13 July 2011 | Angeline Albert 

The Lego Group has pledged to stop sourcing paper packaging from suppliers that contribute to deforestation.

The toymaker has told its suppliers it will only use packaging derived from wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which verifies whether materials are responsibly harvested and sourced. Lego said it had contacted its suppliers to tell them not to use pulp-based material – a product that has been found to lead to deforestation in some cases.        

A spokesman for Lego said: “We are in contact with our suppliers of packaging materials and have made arrangements with them to ensure that they do not use pulp-based material from their suppliers. If they do get supplies from producers involved in deforestation, they will phase out deliveries from such producers.”

While Lego plans to use only FSC-certified fibres in packaging materials in future, Helle Sofie Kaspersen, the group’s vice president for corporate governance and sustainability, has admitted it will more difficult to identify vendors that supply both FSC-certified fibres and manufacture unsustainable paper-based materials.

Lego said it did not have a specific date by which it hoped to use only FSC-certified fibres. Kaspersen said: “We have been working towards this for several months and are currently developing an ambitious implementation plan to meet our objectives in this area. We expect to be well under way in a year’s time.”

The group has three chief goals regarding the reduction of the impact its packaging has on the environment. These are: ensuring its pulp-based packaging is produced in a sustainable way; reducing the amount of packaging used; and using recycled fibre (where possible from a safety chemical point of view).

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