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This week, The LEGO Group introduced its latest prototype – a LEGO brick made from recycled plastic. This is the latest breakthrough in the brick manufacturer’s journey to making products more durable.

New prototype is made of PET plastic made from discarded bottles and is officially the first brick made from recycled materials to meet LEGO’s stringent quality and safety standards.

As recycled the brick is still in development, it will probably take years before it appears in the brand’s official series. While so many products are already made from durable materials, how long did the global brand take to create its first recycled brick?

Well, it turns according to the manufacture of durable LEGO bricks has been quite a long way Gizmodo, and this is largely due to the so – called. clutch force.

In 2018 LEGO revealed the results of its initial efforts to be more environmentally friendly. The brand created pieces of polyethylene plastic made from ethanol derived from sugar cane waste. However, this sugar cane material was considerably softer than the rigid plastic LEGO used for its bricks, and could only be used to handle pieces such as plants and trees that are semi-flexible.

The brand had created polyethylene plastic bodies made from ethanol derived from sugar cane waste. However, this sugar cane material was considerably softer than the rigid plastic LEGO it uses for its bricks, and could only be used to handle pieces such as plants and trees that are semi-flexible.

Road towards Creating a recycled brick that matched the same rigidity and durability as the original LEGO pieces was not easy. First, the ability of bricks to stick together when stacked, known as the clutch force, comes from the pins and cavities of each brick, as well as their oil-based plastic material itself.

Finally, the brand has now unveiled the first – ever brick to meet its stringent standards. It took more than three years of research and development to make the prototype brick, and more than 250 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics were tested.

PET was obtained from discarded and recycled plastic bottles, mixed with LEGO’s secret “reinforcement additives”, so the end result is strong enough to hold enough clutch power. “

albeit unveiling the prototype is definitely a breakthrough in the brand’s long process of creating the perfect durable brick. LEGO has said it will continue testing for another year before the brick can move into mass production. From now on, a one-liter plastic PET bottle will provide enough material to make ten 2×4 bricks.

Although LEGO is Taking a step in the right direction by moving to durable materials, the world-renowned toy manufacturer ensures that its quality is not compromised before recycled bricks become the default.


Picture through LEGO group


Picture through LEGO group

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[via Gizmodo, images via LEGO Group]

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