LEGO launches plant based plastic pieces to help save the environment

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.Image result for LEGOBut 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 toy-maker said production on these bricks has already begun, and will include elements of pieces of leaves, bushes and trees.Image result for LEGOThe 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. The plastic they plan to use is called polyethylene and it is completely recyclable, though it is not 100% biodegradable.Image result for LEGO movie

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’.Related imageThe 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.

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.