ego has halted a venture to make bricks out of recycled drinks bottles – saying the brand new materials would have precipitated greater carbon emissions, it has been reported.
The Danish toy large introduced in 2021 it was researching whether or not PET plastic, or polyethylene terephthalate – which doesn’t degrade in high quality when recycled, could possibly be used to make constructing bricks.
If this labored, the fabric may have changed oil-based acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which is at the moment utilized in items.
Nonetheless, the agency has advised the Monetary Instances that PET plastic would trigger greater carbon emissions over the product’s lifetime because it required new tools.
Lego will as a substitute look to enhance the carbon footprint of ABS, the newspaper reported.
Tim Brooks, the Lego group’s head of sustainability, stated PET plastic wanted further substances to offer it security and sturdiness, in addition to giant portions of power to course of and dry it.
He went on: “It’s like making an attempt to make a motorbike out of wooden somewhat than metal.”
Lego’s chief govt Niels Christiansen advised the Monetary Instances it was hoped there could be a “magic materials” to resolve sustainability points.
He added: “We examined tons of and tons of of supplies. It’s simply not been attainable to discover a materials like that.”