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Denmark’s Lego says it stays dedicated to its quest to search out sustainable supplies to scale back carbon emissions, even after an experiment by the world’s largest toymaker to make use of recycled bottles didn’t work

ByJAN M. OLSEN Related Press

September 25, 2023, 5:46 AM

FILE – A LEGO set product of its blocks that includes Okay-pop band BTS, is proven throughout a publicity occasion at a retailer in Seoul, South Korea, on March 2, 2023. Danish toymaker Lego stated Monday Sept. 25, 2023 that an experiment to make its colourful constructing bricks out of recycled drinks bottles didn’t work however the world’s largest toymaker “stays dedicated” to its plans to search out sustainable supplies to scale back carbon emission. (AP Photograph/Lee Jin-man, File)

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark’s Lego stated on Monday that it stays dedicated to its quest to search out sustainable supplies to scale back carbon emissions, even after an experiment by the world’s largest toymaker to make use of recycled bottles didn’t work.

Lego stated it has “determined to not progress” with making its trademark colourful bricks from recycled plastic bottles product of polyethylene terephthalate, often called PET, and after greater than two years of testing “discovered the fabric didn’t scale back carbon emissions.”

Nonetheless, the toymaker stays “absolutely dedicated to creating Lego bricks from sustainable supplies by 2032,” it added

Two years in the past, the privately-held group which makes its bricks out of oil-based plastic, began researching a possible transition to recycled plastic bottles product of PET plastic, which doesn’t degrade in high quality when recycled.

It had invested “greater than $1.2 billion in sustainability initiatives” as a part of efforts to transition to extra sustainable supplies and scale back our carbon emissions by 37% by 2032, Lego stated.

The corporate stated it was “at present testing and growing Lego bricks constituted of a spread of different sustainable supplies, together with different recycled plastics and plastics constituted of various sources comparable to e-methanol.”

Often known as inexperienced methanol, e-methanol consists of waste carbon dioxide and hydrogen, created by utilizing renewable vitality to separate water molecules.

Lego stated it’s going to proceed to make use of bio-polypropylene, the sustainable and organic variant of polyethylene — a plastic utilized in the whole lot from client and meals packaging to tires — for elements in Lego units comparable to leaves, bushes and different equipment.

“We consider that within the long-term it will encourage elevated manufacturing of extra sustainable uncooked supplies, comparable to recycled oils, and assist assist our transition to sustainable supplies,” it stated.

Lego was based in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The title derived from the 2 Danish phrases, leg and godt, which collectively imply “play effectively.” The model title was created unaware that lego in Latin means “I assemble.”



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