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More Focus On Renewable Bioplastics Than Recycling Lego
- Dec 20, 2018 -

Berlin (ICIS), an executive at Danish toy maker Lego, said on Wednesday that Lego will focus on producing durable bioplastics and will reduce its environmental impact during production, rather than Focus on recycling systems.

    Bistra Andersen, senior product manager for LEGO's raw material procurement, also said that “there is no universal definition of 'sustainable materials'.”


More focus on renewable bioplastics than recycling Lego

    “So, LEGO has partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature to engage with other industry players to reach a consensus on sustainable definitions,” she added.

    Andersen spoke to the delegates at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin.

    “Lego does not currently consider biodegradable plastics because “we cannot compromise on safety, consumer perceived quality and durability,” she said.

    “And, easily fragile materials can cause ‘potential harm’ to children,” she added.

    She also said, "We don't want our toy products to degenerate... but for a variety of reasons... we care more about the input. We believe in durable but non-biodegradable materials; we take the "cradle to cradle" approach ."

    “Through internal analysis, we found that most of the carbon dioxide emissions come from some upstream businesses, and most of the responsibility lies with polymer producers.”

    “The company is currently working with manufacturers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the supply chain,” she said.

    “We really want to be able to use more renewable energy and sustainable products in production.”

    LEGO is committed to using sustainable materials in all core packaging and products by 2030.

    “The company plans to use renewable ethanol in all polyethylene (PE) designs as soon as possible,” she added.

    She said that earlier this year, Lego introduced the first LEGO bricks made from sugar cane ethanol. This also means that sustainable materials will soon replace traditional high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) materials.

    “We are considering the use of renewable raw materials, recyclable materials and carbon capture technology to reduce waste in the supply chain,” she said.

    “Sustainable materials should have better environmental performance. We want LEGO products to be of good quality and can be reused for generations, or LEGO used products can be donated to poorer countries and more charities.