LEGOs Will Soon be Made of Sustainable Materials

Ann R. Thryft

July 17, 2015

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LEGOs Will Soon be Made of Sustainable Materials

Denmark-based Lego Group says it's going to invest 1 billion Danish kroners -- that's US $146,800,000 -- in the Lego Sustainable Materials Center. Considering how many plastic LEGO bricks are made each year -- more than 60 billion in 2014 alone -- that doesn't seem like a lot to spend on the project.

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Plastics Today reports the company has already reduced its carbon footprint through several means: making its package size smaller and introducing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified packaging, as well as investing in offshore wind farms. Now it's turning its focus toward better materials.

The Lego Sustainable Materials Center will based at Lego Group's headquarters and will focus on developing new, sustainable raw materials to manufacture Lego elements and packaging.

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The Lego Sustainable Materials Center is expected to open in the next two years and the company is looking to recuit more than 100 materials specialists to work on various projects.

Lego gets serious about using more sustainable materials Plastics Today

Ann R. Thryft is senior technology editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.

About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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