• Travis Chaudoir

LEGO going Hemp?

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

Originally appeared on The Extract by MOLLY REES on Jun 26, 2019

Last Updated on Dec 19, 2019

LEGO is making huge strides towards its goal of moving to a totally renewed and ecological production by 2030. While the company has slowly been introducing bricks made of plant-based plastics into its sets, the new Treehouse Set contains the highest number of sustainably made bricks of any LEGO set.

For decades, LEGO has served as the literal building block for generations of children’s toys. Using an oil-based plastic material known as ABS, it’s no surprise that LEGO has faced its fair share of environmental concerns. Because of this, LEGO announced that last year they were committed to moving towards fully sustainable bricks by the year 2030, through using plant-based polythene plastics.

Could LEGO move towards hemp bricks?

While LEGO currently uses sugarcane to develop its plant-based polythene bricks, hemp would, in fact, be an ideal base material for the manufacture of plastic because of its high cellulose content, which varies between 70 and 80%.

An Australian company named Zeoform has been working for several years on the advancement of biodegradable hemp technologies. Today, the company claims a new type of very robust plastic made entirely from hemp. The material can be injected or blow moulded in countless products ranging from buttons to straws, home furniture, Frisbees. And even toy building blocks…

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