LEGO will be making the ‘botanical’ elements of LEGO sets, meaning trees, leaves and bushes, from a biopolyethylene created using sugar cane, sourced sustainably in accordance with guidance from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance. The majority of LEGO bricks for the time being will continue to be made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), a durable plastic based on crude oil.
While ‘botanical’ pieces only represent one to two per cent of the total plastic elements produced by the LEGO Group, the long-term vision for the company is to have all pieces made from the bioplastic by 2030, a switch that could cut the companyâs carbon footprint by around 70 per cent, according to Stephen Mayfield, Director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology.
Tim Brooks, LEGO’s Vice President of Environmental Responsibility, commented: “At the LEGO Group 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.
“We are proud that the first LEGO elements made from sustainably sourced plastics are in production and will be in LEGO boxes this year. This is a great first step in our ambitious commitment of making all LEGO bricks using sustainable materials.”