Volume 96 Issue 11 | p. 16 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 12, 2018 | Web Date: March 8, 2018

Lego plants to be made from plants

Danish firm adopts biobased polyethylene as a first step to phasing out fossil-fuel-derived polymers
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Biobased chemicals, Lego, biopolyethylene, plastic

Lego, the Danish toy company famous for its plastic bricks, has started making the botanical elements—such as leaves, bushes, and trees—in its kits from polyethylene derived from sugarcane.

The move is a first step in a plan the company announced in 2015 to reduce its impact on the environment by phasing out fossil-fuel-derived plastic. It doesn’t affect Lego’s iconic bricks, which are still made from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), a copolymer of three petrochemicals.

The Brazilian firm . . .

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