LEGO release new range of plant-based plastic parts

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The new botanical elements will account for 1-2% of the total amount of plastic elements produced by the LEGO Group.
Good move, Lego! While maybe it is not being produced by fossil fuels , is the end result the same? ...

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Toy manufacturer LEGO will release a new range of sustainable plastic parts made from sugarcane.

Production has already started on the range of plant-based plastic “Botanical” elements such as leaves, bushes and trees, which will appear on shelves later this year.

The move is part of the LEGO Group’s commitment to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

Tim Brooks, vice president of environmental responsibility at the LEGO Group, said: “This is a great first step in our ambitious commitment of making all LEGO bricks using sustainable materials.

“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.”

The new botanical elements will account for 1-2% of the total amount of plastic elements produced by the LEGO Group.


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Good move, Lego! While maybe it is not being produced by fossil fuels , is the end result the same? i.e. it is not biodegradable? Please tell? "Renewable polyethylene is non-biodegradable and can be recycled in the same waste streams as traditional polyethylenes (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE) as it is chemically identical" tells me that Lego are just removing the fossil fuel part of the problem, but as far as waste goes it is the same?

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