First plant-based plastic Lego pieces to go on sale

Signal of change / First plant-based plastic Lego pieces to go on sale

By Marta Melvin / 05 Mar 2018

Lego has introduced a range of sustainable LEGO® elements made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane. New sustainable LEGO ‘botanical’ elements will come in varieties including leaves, bushes and trees.This is seen by  Tim Brooks, Vice President, Environmental Responsibility at the LEGO Group as a great first step in the multinational's ambitious commitment towards making all LEGO bricks using sustainable materials. The move is part of the LEGO Group’s commitment to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.


The new sustainable LEGO elements are made from polyethylene, which is a soft, durable and flexible plastic, and while they are based on sugar-cane material, they are technically identical to those produced using conventional plastic. The elements have been tested to ensure the plant-based plastic meets the high standards for quality and safety that the LEGO Group has, and consumers expect from LEGO products.


Polyethylene elements are 1-2% of the total amount of plastic elements produced by the LEGO Group so this new sustainable range can be seen as a start in the right direction. 

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