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LEGO Goes Hemp

by Christian Vergara |  | 1 comment

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.

 

Lego Bricks

Started in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, LEGO has cemented itself as one of the most iconic toy companies of all time. After a fire at his original shop, losing his wife, & bankruptcy Kristiansen pushed on to create a company producing 19 billion LEGO elements every year. Over 400 billion LEGO pieces have been produced since 1949!

 

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 Plastic

As 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.

 

Final Thoughts

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.

 

Sources:

http://marijuanapolitics.com/hemp-plastic-original-plastic/
https://storyofstuff.org/the-story-of-plastic/the-problem-with-plastic/
https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/lego-group/the_lego_history
https://www.planitnorthwest.com/shopping/pdfs/legolandfunfacts.pdf

Comments (1)

  • Edward Sullivan on February 03, 2020

    Bravo Lego! We need many more good people and corporations being increasingly environmentally friendly. Cheers:) Stronger Together, Yes We Can!

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