As part of their ecological duty targets, LEGO goals to discover an environmentally sustainable option to the plastic resin ( ABS) presently utilized for the manufacture of their toybricks The business has actually set a target to produce brand-new environment-friendly bricks by 2030.
LEGO has actually been making toys considering that 1932, where the creator Ole Kirk Kristiansen started
making wood toys. The business began making the renowned interlocking obstructs in 1949 and presently, the yearly production figure stands at 60 billion blocks.
Speaking at Innovation Takes Root 2014 in Orlando, Allan Rasmussen, Project Manager at LEGO stated: “I need to find a material that is just as good as this one. “I need to find a material that will be just as good in 50 years, because these are passed down from generation to generation.”
Rasmussen verified the sustainability mission remains in its early phases, and they have actually currently checked some bricks utilizing an effect customized poly-lactic acid which were “very, very close.”There was an issue with post-molding ‘’ creep,” and the bricks do not click and stick as they should.
TheLEGO ‘’ clutch power”, implying the capability to remain clicked together till the kid desires to different them, is essential for any product changing ABS.
Hemp might simply satisfy the stringent LEGO requirements. Hemp is a pressure of marijuana with really low THC levels and utilized primarily for its fiber and seeds. Hemp fibers has actually been utilized for centuries and can likewise be become biodegradable plastic material.
The majority of plastics currently manufactured in the world uses petroleum cellulose which is hazardous to humans, animals and our planet. Cellulose made from organic compounds are biodegradable and hemp is an ideal base material with a high cellulose content (between 70-80%), according to Hemp Plastics.
Australian company Zeoform has been working on the development of biodegradable hemp technologies for several years already. The company has patented a very versatile plastic made entirely from hemp and suitable for virtually any product you can think of. The material can be injected or blow molded into bottles, straws, furniture, building materials, to name a just few. Perhaps even toy building bricks?
There is no limit to the uses for hemp plastics and resins and bio-composites and as the demand grows, so will the need to grow hemp for local manufacture.
Apart from all the positive environmental qualities already mentioned, growing hemp produces oxygen, it’s a fast grower, can be harvested in four months, is resistant to most pests and requires less processing. Growing hemp locally for manufacture will also reduce the carbon footprint of transport.
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