As part of our ambition to make our products from sustainable sources by 2030, we’ve been exploring using recycled materials to develop a more sustainable LEGO brick.
Using recycled materials
Making our bricks from recycled materials helps us lower our impact on the environment. Our research has led to a prototype made from PET plastic bottles!
Testing the prototype
Our little prototype isn’t ready just yet! It’s currently undergoing a series of tests so it can meet our high standards for strength, safety and durability.
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Q & A’s
- A prototype brick is one that’s still being worked on. Even though it’s made using recycled plastic from bottles it looks just like a LEGO brick. We’re still testing it to make sure it feels, sounds and clicks like other bricks too, and so far, it’s doing really well!
- Not yet. At this stage the LEGO brick made from a recycled material is a prototype that’s still being tested, so it will be a little while before it ends up in boxes.
- Absolutely not. Any sustainable elements we make now and in the future must fit with the LEGO System in Play. This means it must work with any LEGO element made over the past 60 years. This is always one of our top priorities when we’re researching new materials and it’s something we test thoroughly to make sure we get right.
- Because meeting our high standards for safety and durability can be a long process. Any new bricks also need to be perfectly designed (down to the tiniest detail) to make sure they fit with the ones made over 60 years ago. Inventing new, more sustainable materials isn’t easy and right now we’re busy building, unbuilding and rebuilding in our lab – just like you do with your LEGO bricks!
- Unfortunately not. We work closely with a specialist supplier of recycled PET plastic (from bottles) to make sure that the material meets all our quality and safety requirements.