After 85 years, Danish toymaker The Lego Group is finally going to use more sustainable plastic.
This year the company will start using a plant-based polyethylene plastic, sourced from sugar cane. They’ll be starting with a range of Lego plants, trees and leaves, and these will appear in Lego box sets before the end of 2018. Plants made from plants! However, only 1-2% of Lego’s total plastic will come from the new polyethylene pieces for the foreseeable future.
At the moment, Lego’s bricks are made from ABS plastic (made from crude oil, a fossil-fuel). The change is part of Lego’s promise to use sustainable sources for all of their bricks and packaging by 2030.
The LEGO Group has partnered with World Wildlife Fun (WWF) to ensure responsibly sourced sugarcane for their products.
Sadly, while this new plastic is sustainable, it is not biodegradable, which means it doesn’t break down and will hang around this earth for a long time.
Lego promises that customers won’t see any change in the toy bricks, despite the source being different. Read: you’ll still feel that stinging pain when you step on one!
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