Creators of the colorful bricks that built our childhood, LEGO, are making the vow to switch entirely to Hemp plastic by 2030! Environmental concerns are the main reason for the switch from the current plastic resin used to produce LEGO pieces today.
What LEGO Uses Currently
Cellulose Acetate was used up until 1963. This polymer is used in some eyeglasses today, & used to be found in movie film! They then changed to acrylonitrile butadiene styrene or ABS plastic, for the most part. This is a plastic known for its strength & durability. It also contributes to that "Ouch!" feeling you get when you step on one! Polycarbonate plastic is used for clear LEGO pieces, due to ABS being opaque.
The Problem With PlasticAs we all know plastic is not a healthy environment promoter. It's problems lie in the extraction, production, consumption, & disposal of it all! There's an enormous amount of plastic being produced nowadays. In fact, 50% of all plastic has been produced in the last 13 years!
"At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050."- storyofstuff.org
Many companies are moving towards reducing plastic usage & waste. As the world becomes more environmentally conscious & consumers are aware of the impact their actions are, the days of traditional plastics are numbered.
A Healthier, Hempy-er Choice
Hemp is a very intriguing & environmentally-friendly plant which has many potential uses! Hemp is naturally a bioaccumulator & can be used to clean up poisoned environments or to reduce the Greenhouse effect by "locking in" carbon. Watch out, cause Hemp could play a big part in reducing global warming. In fact, it's used at the site of the Chernobyl disaster & is helping to clean out the radiation!
It's uses include being used to make clothing, sails, rope, CBD oil, plastics, & even by high-end car brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, & Bugatti. George Washington grew Hemp & Henry Ford was making car parts out of Hemp!
With 19 billion LEGO elements produced each year, we could only imagine the amount of plastic that they both produce & dispose of. It's safe to say that this step provides a precedent for the rest of the toy industry. We really appreciate LEGO making this change & are embracing Hemp as a part of our everyday lives! It's an alternative that pushes the envelope for sustainable production.
One of our priorities as a company revolves around creating a more eco-friendly & sustainable world. We applaud LEGO for making this formative change in their large-scale production. This is exactly the kind of approach we need to make this world a better place for our future generations.
The more we expect & support this kind of action from companies will force them to take a proactive approach. We care about this beautiful Earth that we have & we want it to stay thriving for as long as possible.