LEGO is a major consumer of plastics and plastics are byproducts of crude oil and in some cases, natural gases. Whichever the source is, it is not quite as sustainable as, say, bamboo. Being a company that relies on plastics, LEGO desires to be more sustainable and it is starting with this collaborative set called LEGO 10268 Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine. And no, they are not going to use bamboo to replace plastic. It is going with plant-based plastic.
As the product name suggests, this set is based on Vestas’ wind turbine which the sustainable energy solutions company have installed no less than 65,000 units in around 80 countries. Interestingly, while the rest of the plastic elements of this set still uses plastics from conventional sources, the plant elements are actually made from all-new sustainably sourced plant-based plastic. The plastic used to create the spruce trees are derived from sugarcane. Now, that’s sweet! I hope it doesn’t attract ants to make a base out of it. Nah, just kidding. It probably won’t. Right, LEGO?
Anywho, the 826-piece set features adjustable wind blades-equipped Vestas Wind Turbine that towers at a meter (3.3 feet!) tall over a wooded hull, featuring the new ‘Plants from Plants’ spruce tree, along with a house complete with a furnished patio, a working porch light and powered wind turbine. The set is consummated with three LEGO Vestas servicemen minifigures and a LEGO dog. All told, the set measures a pretty impressive 100 cm high, 72 cm wide and 31 cm deep (3.3 x 2.4 x 1 feet).
The LEGO 10268 Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine was formerly unveiled back in September at New York Climate Week and it is slated to be available from LEGO stores and LEGO online store starting Black Friday, November 23, 2018, priced at $199.99 a pop.
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