|Title||Lego follows the green brick road to combat plastic waste|
|Date||2018-03-09 PM 4:45:15||Hit||25|
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 colourful 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 reach zero waste in operations and use sustainable materials in its core products and packaging by 2030, the company said.
Eight million tonnes 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 Programme (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”.
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