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Speaking of which, I wonder when Lego stopped using the plastic trays to separate the pieces back in the 80s. If this question's already been addressed on another thread, lead me there :D
I know that instruction for Modulars can perform pretty well,but will the instruction for DA or the new Star Wars sith Interceptor also perform well???
When I opened the box, the instructions were all curled up between the bags with bricks :-/
I don't mind small sets not having the instructions packed all nice, but with 2 books of instructions, it's really messy.
Keep in mind that plastic is made from oil, a resource that is becoming expensive as we are depleting the depots on this planet.
An alternative to the trays could be made in paper, but again it would up the prices, but at least it would be recyclable.
Of course using oil for making the bricks is a problem as well, though at least the bricks are basically "infinitely" reusable and thus unlikely to end up in garbage dumps which is what happens with so many plastic things. But oil will run out eventually, or at least become prohibitively expensive even before it runs out - so an alternative material would be nice. Not easy to find a replacement that is of the same quality and durability though, I imagine! Plastics are popular for a reason.
The world is swimming in oil, there are trillions and trillions of barrels of oil in the world, we're almost floating on the stuff.
There is more oil in shale in the state of Colorado alone than has ever been pumped in the history of the world.
The whole "we're running out of oil" thing is just nonsense.
*gets off soapbox*
--- Now, that has nothing to do with the POLLUTION caused from burning oil, that I agree is a problem, but it is a separate problem from running out of oil. Turning oil into plastic building bricks only harms the environment if they get thrown out, and yes I also agree that plastic waste is a big problem for our land and our oceans.
But regardless, fully agreed on that running out is in any case not the real problem in the big picture. It's indeed the environmental impact. For example it's kind of sickening to see how much plastic goes to waste in even just a small household on a regular basis. Luckily as I said LEGO bricks aren't a big problem in this sense since the bricks have a very long usability cycle. Oil as fuel and ending up in oceans and landfills... ugh.