Toy company Lego decided Monday to abandon its plan to reuse plastic from water bottles for its famous interlocking pieces after realizing that approach would end up being more polluting.
“We have decided not to move forward with making bricks from [polyéthylène téréphtalate recyclé] (PET) was recycled after more than three years of testing, because we found that the material did not reduce carbon emissions,” a company spokesperson announced Monday, according to CNN.
The plan for Lego, which two years ago unveiled a prototype brick made from recycled plastic from bottles, was to fail after the company realized it would be more polluting overall. – Instead of maintaining the current formula.
According to the spokesman, the recycled materials were not as durable and safe as the petroleum-based brick composition currently used.
However, the company will remain “fully committed to making LEGO bricks from sustainable materials by 2032” to reduce its carbon emissions by 37%, and is looking at other alternatives to make its toys less polluting, according to CNN.
This route was just one of hundreds of materials the company tested, according to a spokesperson.
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