Jun 24, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Lego reveals first bricks made from recycled plastic bottles

Recycled Lego bricks next to a plastic bottle

Photo: Lego

Lego unveiled toy building bricks made from recycled plastic on Wednesday and pledged to begin selling the prototypes within two years.

Why it matters: It's the first time Lego has made bricks from a recycled material, per a statement from the Danish toymaker. Lego used PET plastic from discarded bottles to make the bricks.

The big picture: The firm uses over 110,000 tons of plastic in its products every year, per Reuters. Lego has pledged to invest $400 million over three years to use sustainable materials. It aims to switch to these by the decade's end.

Of note: On average, the plastic of a one-liter PET bottle is enough to make 10 two-by-four Legos, according to the company.

Yes, but: While Friends of the Earth welcomed Lego's plans, the environmental group warned in a statement that it's crucial that recycling isn't the only solution to the plastics crisis.

  • "Manufacturers must ensure toys are made to endure many years of use, so they can be handed down and reused," the group said.

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