Bricks «Lego» recognized as the best among 100 inventions
American TIME magazine in number «100 Best Inventions of 2021» included a new «Lego» brick made from recycled plastic. For the first time, the Danish manufacturer presented a prototype of the original building material for its designers to the general public in June. And now the invention of the company receives a worthy assessment.
The company believes that the new construction brick will be the latest step towards making LEGO products made from sustainable materials.
Over three years, 150 materials scientists and engineers worked on this project. They tested over 250 types of PET materials, as well as hundreds of others that contain plastic. As a result, we managed to get a prototype of a new brick that meets the manufacturer’s requirements for quality and safety, including during the game. Also found the best options for the power of adhesion of the cubes.
- We are very excited about this breakthrough,” says Tim Brooks, VP of Environmental Responsibility at Lego. our existing bricks, and match LEGO elements made over the past 60 years. With this prototype, we can demonstrate the progress we have made.
One liter plastic bottle can be used to make 10 standard 2×4 Lego bricks. Through the use of a special compounding technology in an innovative process that combines recycled PET with reinforcing additives, the durability of the building material will be significantly increased.
Of course, it will take at least another year to test and develop the final recipe for making a new brick from recycled plastic. But one thing is already clear now — the production of designers from a new material will have a huge impact on protecting the environment.
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