Lego goes green with sugarcane plastic

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Lego’s simply leaves, bushes and trees are going correctly green after the Danish toymaker mentioned they would be made with plastic found from sugarcane.

The particular pieces will be included in Lego’s package sets from this year onwards.

The move is area of the Danish company’s pledge to use eco friendly materials in its products and packaging simply by 2030.

The playthings will be made with a polyethylene created with ethanol made from sugarcane.

The polyethylene pieces can make up just 1% to 2% of the total amount of plastic components produced by Lego.

Nevertheless , Tim Brooks, the firm’s vice-president of environmental responsibility, said: “This is a great first step in our dedicated commitment of making all Lego stones using sustainable materials. ”

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He said that kids and parents would not notice a positive change in the new pieces because “plant-based polyethylene has the same properties because conventional polyethylene”.

Lego said the sugarcane was “sourced sustainably”, adding that the elements created using the new plastic had been tested to make sure they met the company’s “high criteria for quality and safety”.

Lego pieces are made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, which is based on commodity future trading.

In 2015, the toy maker said it had been setting up a centre to develop new lasting raw materials for its bricks and product packaging.

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