LEGO Release Plant-Based Plastic Pieces To Help Save Environment

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Ask any millennial what the best toy was when they were growing up, and I would bet my bottom dollar that most of them will say LEGO.

Some of our generations’ happiest memories came from creating entire scenarios out of the building blocks from heaven.

While kids today are busy whiling away the hours on their video games, we spent our hours trying to build the most obscure stuff we could think of, before populating it with stupidly boring scenarios.

But concerns had arisen recently about the environmental effects of the plastic bricks, so LEGO have decided to produce a plant-based plastic from sugar cane.

The Danish toymaker said production on these bricks has already begun, and will include elements of pieces of leaves, bushes and trees, according to The Guardian.

The move is apparently part of the commitment from the company to use more sustainable materials in its products by 2030 so that they can try and find sustainable sources to replace their fossil-fuel based materials.

Tim Brooks, vice-president of environmental responsibility at LEGO, is reported by The Guardian as saying:

At LEGO we want to make a positive impact on the world around us, and are working hard to make great play products for children using sustainable materials.

This is a first great step in our ambitious commitment of making all LEGO bricks using sustainable materials.

The plastic which they are planning to use is called polyethylene, and is completely recyclable, though is not thought to be 100% biodegradable.

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LEGO bricks are currently made with acrylonitrile, but the company does recommend that bricks which are no longer wanted are passed on to other people to play with, or are at least recycled under the ‘other plastic’.

The company have joined forces with WWF to support the development and disposal of sustainably sourced plastic, and has joined the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance to make sure that there is fully sustainable sourcing of raw material for the bioplastics industry.

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The material has been tested to make sure it is still the same durability as previous LEGO blocks which probably means it’ll still absolutely kill to step on them, but you can’t have everything.