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For the past 60 years, we’ve all been building spaceships and castles, experimenting with what head goes on what body, and arguing with our siblings about where the grey 2-by-5 brick went — thanks to Lego.
Beyond grocery bags and Barbie dolls, Legos might be the most iconic plastic object ever, but making things out of plastic can be problematic.
It’s not just that plastic doesn’t break down, though that’s a major issue with some plastic products. It’s also about the carbon footprint to make them. To make a conventional plastic, you have to pump petroleum or natural gas out of the ground, refine it, and mold it. All of these steps take energy and can produce carbon dioxide.
In 2015, Lego announced it would invest the equivalent of $155 million into finding a non-oil, smaller-footprint source for the various plastic they need to make all those tires, trees, and movie stars.
Since then, they have been experimenting with different types of bio-plastics, which can be made from plants like corn or wheat and produce less emissions than conventional plastic.
There are hurdles to making something as durable, flexible, and iconic as a Lego, and the company is still experimenting. Whatever they choose, it’ll need to snap together with existing Legos, last just as long, and preserve the aesthetic. Their latest experiment with wheat sugar, for example, failed because it couldn’t hold the right shine, as Quartz reported.
This change won’t eliminate the carbon cost of manufacturing, nor will it address other carbon costs like shipping, but little changes add up. After all, 19 billion new Lego pieces are produced each year. Furthermore, the Lego company has also been reducing its carbon footprint through other means as well, including investing in an offshore wind farm. In fact, it recently met a 100% renewable energy milestone.
Playing with Legos has been a nearly universal part of childhood for almost 60 years. Our kids will likely continue to build castles and spaceships, but their future creations — and their building blocks — won’t be exactly the same as ours were. And that’s a wonderful, necessary step of progress.
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Play time simply got unique and individual for LEGO fans all over.
An online organisation called Funky 3D Faces is developing custom-made, 3D-printed Lego heads that appear like you, for £30 a head.
“ EveryBODY likes LEGO and this is the chance to have their own head made into a mini-figure LEGO head to fit on to their preferred Lego minifigure body, ” the U.K.-based Etsy sellers advertisement says.
Currently with an offer of two for the Price of one, perhaps you could craft your family into LEGO People, why not take a look at their shop Funky 3D Faces
Just like normal LEGO, the heads can be popped on and off of the plastic figurines ’ bodies. Consumers should send 2 pictures– one revealing the individual ’ s deal with and one revealing their profile– which are utilised to develop the head.
The mini-me faces are then built from a sandstone product, with a hole at the bottom for head-to-body accessory.
At the beginning of 2018, purchasers who buy 2 heads can get one totally free, inning accordance with the seller.
But do not get a head of yourself: The bodies aren’t consisted of.
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The Danish toy-maker’s vibrant blocks offered are costing much better returns than gold, brand-new analysis programs. The Telegraph discovered Lego sets in “ beautiful condition ” have actually increased 12 percent in worth by 12 percent each year because 2000. Gold financiers have actually seen a yearly gain of 9.6 percent over that duration and the S&P 500 4.2 percent .
Some of the most important toy sets have actually increased significantly on secondary markets like eBay because they were very first launched. Caf Corner , which came out in 2007, is now worth around $3,100, or over 20 times its initial cost. Star Wars products continue to cost countless dollars, with the 5,000-piece Ultimate Collector’ s Millennium Falcon set from 2007 now worth over $4,000.
LEGO’ s earnings have actually skyrocketed recently– and its earnings development is routinely whipping those of its competitors Mattel and Hasbro. Need has actually been so high that the business has actually had difficulty in current months satisfying orders . And it’ s made tactical collaborations with Hollywood franchises, like Star Wars and Harry Potter , to guarantee its supremacy in the toy market.
All of this is simply another need to like Legos. The business has actually taken a lead on sustainability, revealing last June that it would invest $150 million over the next 15 years to establish brand-new eco-friendly products that would change its conventional plastic obstructs . Lego’ s plant in Denmark presently produces over 70 million bricks a day. The business likewise opened a wind farm in Germany in October and intends to be completely sustainable by 2020.
LEGO has actually been acknowledged as one of the early supporters of gender-neutral toys, however the business has actually launched pink variations of its sets for ladies and the majority of its character figurines and users are male. In 2012, the business got criticism for its Lego Friends line, which was marketed particularly to ladies. In reaction to growing need, nevertheless, LEGO has actually begun to present more female minifigures to its collection, like a paleontologist, an aerospace engineer, an astronaut and others in STEM fields.
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