Danish toymaker Lego will start making several of its products from plant-based plastic this year in a bid to tackle waste and environmental damage.
The family-owned maker of colorful plastic bricks said botanical pieces such as leaves and trees would now be made from polyethylene, a type of plastic derived from sugar cane, to replace materials sourced from fossil fuels.
The announcement this week is part of Lego’s commitment to each zero waste in operations and use sustainable materials in its core products and packaging by 2030, the company said.
Eight million tons of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has said.
Tim Brooks, vice president of environmental responsibility at the Lego Group, said the change was 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,” he said in a statement.
Lego said the sustainably-sourced items would account for only 1-2 percent of the total amount of plastic pieces it produces, adding that it has joined a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) program to ensure the raw material is sustainable.
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