I have a love/hate relationship with Lego!
Unfortunately, no amount of Lego Masters will persuaded me to completely love Lego… are you on the fence too?
I know so many other parents have this somewhat twisted relationship with these colourful bricks. And I’m not even talking about picking them up and finding small pieces in the DVD player (Yes, I still have one of these) or even the squeals or should I say screams heard as you accidentally walk across some! Why oh why do they hurt so much?
My first and main issue with this toy is; it is made of plastic acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) to be exact, the type of plastic that isn’t recycled in Australia. It lasts forever if any pieces end up in landfill it will never biodegrade.
Every time we get the bricks out, I think; why hasn’t Lego made recycled plastic bricks or developed a more environmental way to create the toy? Well Lego have set a goal by 2030 to find a solution; ‘We commit to finding sustainable alternatives to our current oil-based raw materials by 2030”
2030! Really that’s the best they can do, they have been making these bricks since 1958, the plastic ones since 1963 but they have only just starting to think of their footprint and their answer is to just find a solution by 2030! How many more years will it be until they use recycled materials?
But, I love the endless invitation for all ages to play. Children will actually sit, engage and play with the toy for hours, using their fine motor skills, problem solving and creativity to create and build especially with non-structured sets. These sets also offer role-play, imaginative activities which are so important for Children’s development.
Our eyes light up when relatives bring out sets from when their children were younger. They make a welcomed appearance on our visits and are still in perfect condition (thanks to the hard plastic). If you plan to store them well and hand-them-down to the next generation then I am on the love wagon. However, I want to make mention that earlier produced bricks did contain toxic metal; cadmium. I would avoid rushing to your grandparents unless you can be sure the bricks were made after the mid-80’s. https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2018/02/your-old-lego-might-be-toxic/
My other dislike is the packaging; why do you need to have the bricks in a plastic bag within the box? If you buy a box, no matter the size you will still find 5-10 bricks in individual plastic bags within the box. This is unnecessary waste!
Lego has been a highly sort after gift for children for centuries, appearing on many kids Christmas and birthday wish lists. During my childhood it was generally out of our price range and often quite expensive to give as a present but more recently they have sets that are more reasonable. It is a toy that has lasted the test of time, we just need a greener option.
Whilst the Company have certainly made some changes, smaller cupboard boxes, less emissions they still have a long way to go before I will have a solid love relationship with these bricks.
Playfully skip and dance daily,