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Published: April 9, 2021

Jess C.

Wizards of the Coast announces Reduced Plastic Packaging for Magic: the Gathering

Wizards of the Coast reveal Reduced Plastic Packing

As part of Wizards of the Coast’s plans to phase plastic out of new product packaging, you’ll soon see some changes in Magic: the Gathering product packaging. These changes will debut with the release of the Strixhaven set.

With this initiative, you can expect less plastic, recyclable cardboard, and smaller, reduced-waste packaging for Magic products going forward. Wizards’ packaging goal is to be completely plastic-free by 2023.

Here’s what that looks like right now:


Reduced-Plastic Packaging Commander Decks

Previous Commander Deck packaging Reduced Plastic Commander Deck packaging

The only plastic found in Strixhaven Commander Decks is the wrap around the cards themselves (and they’re working on updating that for future sets, too!). The rigid plastic trays have been replaced with corrugated board, and the foil finish does not contain any plastic.


Reduced Plastic Packaging 2021 Challenger Decks

You may have noticed a change in the packaging for the recently released 2021 Challenger Decks, too.

Previous Challenger Deck packaging Reduced Plastic Challenger Deck packaging


Like the Strixhaven Commander Decks, the new packaging is nearly plastic-free, with just a small amount of plastic wrapping the deck.

Packaging for both Challenger Decks 2021 and Strixhaven Commander Decks will also have new labeling to indicate the recyclability of the materials in the US and Canada. Be sure to recycle your unwanted packaging!


More improvements to come

According to Wizards of the Coast, “This is just the beginning of our company-wide push to phase out plastic packaging. Your Magic fans are likely to have questions about these changes, so stay tuned—we’ll be sharing more information on our updated packaging.”

Noble Knight Games commends WotC on this initiative. No matter what color deck you like to play, going Green is something we can all appreciate.


Original Source Wizards of the Coast