26 Sep 2023

Lego abandons one of its projects to make oil-free bricks - FT

11:09 am on 26 September 2023

By Shubhendu Deshmukh

A collection of Lego bricks

Lego is to continue using oil-based bricks Photo: Phil Hearing / Unsplash

Danish Toymaker Lego has abandoned its most high-profile effort to ditch oil-based plastics from its bricks after finding that its new material led to higher carbon emissions, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Lego found that bricks made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET), would lead to higher carbon emissions.

"We tested hundreds and hundreds of materials. It's just not been possible to find a material like that," Lego Chief Executive Niels Christiansen told the Financial Times.

A Lego spokesperson told Reuters that testing and development continued and that the company aimed to make the toys from sustainable materials by 2032.

The company had kicked off efforts in 2020 to replace its plastic bricks with sustainable materials. The difficulty was finding a material that would be environment friendly but give the same colour, shine and sound of existing oil-based plastic bricks.

- This story was first published by Reuters

*Reuters corrected this story on 26 September to show Lego had abandoned one specific oil-free brick development project, not all such efforts.