LEGO Introduces Sustainable Plastic Blocks Made From Sugarcane

LEGO Introduces Sustainable Plastic Blocks Made From Sugarcane

Is this actually good for the environment?

Made from plant-based polyethylene plastic, the LEGO pieces will be available, rather appropriately, in a number of botanical varieties including leaves, bushes and trees.

The company said the polyethylene would replace the materials it sourced from fossil fuels.

The Danish company announced the initiative on Thursday, confirming that roughly "1-2 percent" of all Lego bricks are now being made of sugarcane-sourced polyethylene.

But the plastic is non-biodegradable, meaning it does not break down.

According to The Sun, their reason for doing it is in response to the plastic waste crisis, with almost eight million tonnes being dumped in the ocean every year.

This plastic is known to injure and kill marine life, and enter the human food chain.

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With their green, plant-inspired pieces, for now.

The new plastic is just as durable as the conventional pieces that LEGO uses and because it's bio-plastic it can recycled as many times as is needed.

Legos are typically made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, an oil-based plastic.

"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", Tim Brooks, vice president, environmental responsibility at the Lego Group, said in a statement.

Brands including Coca-Cola Co, Nike Inc and Procter & Gamble Co have previously taken steps to accelerate the use of sustainably-sourced plastic made from plant materials. All sustainable products still go through rigorous testing that conventional plastic bricks do.

No. While the source of the plastic is different, people should not be able to detect any changes in the product. The bricks will have the same standard of quality as existing plastic bricks, the company promises, as well as the same level of safety.

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