LEGO is scrapping a plan to make Lego bricks from recycled plastic bottles. Instead, the Danish toy manufacturer wants to look for other materials to reduce CO2 emissions.
Two years ago, LEGO presented a prototype of a brick made from material from discarded bottles. At the time, this seemed to be the best way to produce more sustainable stones. But LEGO is now coming back to that.
The company has found that using recycled PET will not reduce overall CO2 emissions. This requires too much new production equipment.
According to LEGO, scrapping this plan does not mean the end of its sustainability ambitions. “We are currently testing and developing Lego bricks made from a range of alternative sustainable materials, including other recycled plastics and plastics made from alternative sources such as e-methanol.”
LEGO would like to be net CO2 neutral by 2050. Before 2032, the company wants to emit 37 percent less than in 2019.
The efforts involve a lot of money. For example, investments have been made in new CO2-neutral factories in Vietnam and the United States. A LEGO spokesperson said that the company wants to invest a total of more than 1.2 billion dollars in greening by 2025.