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Packaging for used sets

Djblythe05Djblythe05 NorthantsMember Posts: 34
In an age where so many people seem rightly concerned about the amount of wasted plastic going to landfill (if even that) I was wondering what people thought was a good alternative for packaging up pieces for sale before postage? I have used up all the zip lock bags I previously had saved from old purchases, is it worth the expense to buy compostable zip lock bags? Would recycled paper bags be acceptable? Do I need to accept the guilt of being a cheapskate and buying more ziplock bags that will pollute the world?

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  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 207
    I've bought from a couple of Bricklink sellers that reuse and reseal the bags that come inside Lego sets. Not sure what equipment is needed to properly reseal them (it's not a sellotape job), but it might be a route worth looking at.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,819
    I wouldn't bother with compostable bags. They normally are not compostable unless sent to a waste treatment facility.
  • bricknationbricknation Member Posts: 680
    However you look at it, your packaging needs to look presentable. Think: "would I be happy to receive my order packaged this way?"
    I wouldn't like to get my order in an used paper sandwich bag.
    gmonkey76SprinkleOtterSumoLegoDjblythe05
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,416
    Better than the used paper towels I once got for packing. 
    SumoLegogmonkey76Pitfall69
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,949
    dmcc0 said:
    just had a flashback to the "using lego bags as sandwich bags" thread......
    I prefer PaB cups.  And they're good for soup.
    SprinkleOtterSwitchfoot55dmcc0gmonkey76Baby_YodaPitfall69
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    I commonly get used grocery bags as packing material. Thanks for sending me your garbage!
    madforLEGOPitfall69SumoLego
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 529
    Those plastic grocery bags actually work really great for packing material I think. I don't mind getting packages with them at all, much better than just empty space in the box for things to shift around in.
    Oldfan
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,819
    dmcc0 said:
    just had a flashback to the "using lego bags as sandwich bags" thread......
    Using LEGO as sandwiches has already been done:



    So I am still waiting for the using sandwiches as LEGO thread. Has anyone built something good from a pile of sandwiches?


    SprinkleOttergmonkey76stluxFizyx
  • bricknationbricknation Member Posts: 680
    CCC said:

    So I am still waiting for the using sandwiches as LEGO thread. Has anyone built something good from a pile of sandwiches?
    found the perfect sandwiches for that project:



    On another note. If "Held der Steine" logo was infringing on TLG IP then their legal department should be allover this one
    CCCtomahawkergmonkey76Baby_Yodacatwrangler
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,375
    I am positive that the bags I use to package used sets are reused by the person getting the sets. I know I reuse the bags and I'm sure I've gotten some of my bags back when I make trades with other Bricksetters :)
    SprinkleOtterFizyxSumoLego
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    CCC said:
    dmcc0 said:
    just had a flashback to the "using lego bags as sandwich bags" thread......
    Using LEGO as sandwiches has already been done:



    So I am still waiting for the using sandwiches as LEGO thread. Has anyone built something good from a pile of sandwiches?


    Hot dogs and chicken wings sometimes count as sandwiches, so I'm going to go ahead and count twinkies in there.

    Image result for disturbia twinkie

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,576
    ^The best part about this picture is it's not even from one of Shia Lebeouf's movies. That's just him in real life doing what he does. 
    SprinkleOtterBaby_Yodabricknationsid3windr
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,475
    How about using old b-grade Lego to pack the Lego you are selling?
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,731
    ^The best part about this picture is it's not even from one of Shia Lebeouf's movies. That's just him in real life doing what he does. 
    If I hadn't already seen the movie (a few times actually- it should go in the good-bad movies thread), I would definitely believe you...
    Switchfoot55mak0137
  • AlfredthebuttlerAlfredthebuttler Chicago Member Posts: 6
    As a buyer, I appreciate reuse, whether it’s an old ziplock bag (which I can also reuse), a shopping bag so long as it doesn’t have sauce from your Chinese food, or a numbered Lego bag from a set with a bit of scotch tape used to seal it, or a popped bubble from your last Amazon order. 

    I wouldn’t just switch to paper. Yes it’s better than plastic, but it comes from cutting down trees, and manufacturing paper creates a lot of pollution. 

    Think reuse, and it would be great if I too could reuse it as well!

    Thanks for thinking of the Earth!!!
    Djblythe05terfsten
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,375
    I'm going to start marking my baggies to see if I get them back at some point :)
    dmcc0HugeYellowBrickSprinkleOtterpiratemania7
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 997
    I think we will start seeing more compostable bags in the future as  manufacturers find ways for them to compost quicker.  As CCC mentioned, they do need to go to a commercial compost facility, but even at many commercial facilities they do not compost fast enough and therefore go to garbage.   But I think that will change.....hopefully.

    Also, poly bags are recyclable  and can be repurposed into other bags and films...as long as other non recyclable material arent' introduced into the poly
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,949
    Pitfall69 said:
    I've gotten some of my bags back when I make trades with other Bricksetters :)
    Sometimes you even trade back the sets that originally came in those bags.
    gmonkey76dmcc0SprinkleOtterpiratemania7
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,065
    SumoLego said:
    Pitfall69 said:
    I've gotten some of my bags back when I make trades with other Bricksetters :)
    Sometimes you even trade back the sets that originally came in those bags.
    That’s just confusing.
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