Lego makes plants from plants: blocks get sustainable

Lego botanical elements

Lego has started making some of its pieces from more sustainable plant-based plastics, with the new products appearing in boxes this year.

Fittingly, the responsibly sourced sugarcane material – plant-based polyethylene – will first appear in the form of trees, bushes and leaves.

"Children and parents will not notice any difference in the quality or appearance of the new elements, because plant-based polyethylene has the same properties as conventional polyethylene," Tim Brooks, Vice President of Environmental Responsibility at the Lego Group, has assured customers.

Thanks to investment in two offshore wind farms, Lego announced last year that it 'balances' all of its energy use with energy from renewable sources.

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