Traveling in electric vehicles give you a peace of mind that you are not harming the environment (kind of cos’ there’s question of the electricity is generated). But what about when buy toys? Well, soon, you too, can have a peace of mind playing with LEGO.
LEGO has recently revealed its first prototype LEGO brick made from recycled plastic. It is no secret LEGO is striving towards a more sustainable future. Since 2018, LEGO has incorporated elements made with plant-based plastics into some of its building sets.
The prototype LEGO brick made from recycled plastic is the latest step in the toy maker’s journey in making LEGO products from sustainable materials.
While the prototype looks no different from regular LEGO bricks, it is in fact made using PET plastic from discarded bottles. It is the first brick made from recycled material that meets the company’s strict quality and safety requirements, LEGO said.
Over last three years, materials scientists and engineers have tested over 250 variations of PET materials and hundreds of other plastic formulations before arriving to this prototype.
However, this is just a step forward to products made from sustainable materials. More testing and development of the PET formulation will determine if it will move on to the pilot production phase. LEGO said it will take at least another year for that to happen.
As far as the safety of the materials go, this prototype is made from recycled PET sourced from suppliers in the U.S. that use USFDA and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved processes to ensure quality.
LEGO added that, on average, a 1L plastic PET bottle provides raw material for ten 2×4 LEGO bricks. It may not sounds a lot given how big a 1L bottle is, but considering how many LEGO sets are produced each year, it will no doubt alleviate the plastic problems the world’s facing.
Now, I am curious how LEGO deal with the waste material that is not used in the process. I mean, not 100% of a bottle is being used, right? You can learn more about from LEGO bottles to bricks HERE.
All images courtesy of LEGO Group.