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[–] silverdrake3 1 points 42 points (+43|-1) ago 

This is really exciting. I've handled plastics made from corn before, and I heard that hemp plastic is even better. If LEGO can make the switch, anyone can.

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[–] BillShakespeare [S] 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Your move Playmobils!

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[–] rumathlete_1 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Soooo can I smoke my lego joint? but seriously that is cool. fucking corn into plastic???? that is awesome.

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[–] political_anus 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Sadly one of the things holding this back is the term "hemp" is associated with pot and un educated fold do not know the difference between weed and hemp. Hemp has many, many uses and should be used.

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[–] Phen 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

If we can buy rape seed oil in grocery stores, I'm sure LEGO can use hemp plastic if they wanted to.

The things that really hold them back is cost, durability, reliability, scale, supply chain, etc, etc. It's not the word "hemp".

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[–] angryCOMMguy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I know I would lick the crap out of those bricks, even if it doesn't work!

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[–] silverdrake3 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I dunno, I'm not a chemist/engineer. It was a spoon from the college cafeteria and it felt a bit sturdier than a regular plastic spoon, but it was also thicker. I used it for about a year before I threw it out.

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[–] Goldham 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well it doesn't use up non-renewable resources for one.

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[–] jeegte12 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That looks like a joke, but I'm not educated enough to be able to tell

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[–] Braintree0173 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Plastics from fossil fuels are the problem; they're not part of our current carbon cycle, so we are introducing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than the carbon cycle can handle it.

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[–] NanoCat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

New slogan, "Legoize it"

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[–] BeerBaron 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

That's great that they're doing this because I'm all for making the earth be a little less raped, but I really fear that this is going to further inflate the already outrageous price for sets. Then there'll be a whole collectors market for 'pre-changeover' sets. Ugh, damn you Lego, stop making me want you so much!!!

Oblig: Will they still hurt when I step on them?

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[–] BeerBaron 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

That wasn't even something I had considered. That would be a terrible thing to have happen with Legos.

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[–] polymorphist 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They've been the leader in quality for decades. I'm sure they won't give that up.

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[–] dsrtfx_xx 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't see how they could implement that, other than reducing dimensions on their parts, but that would mean all previously made Legos would be incompatible. I don't think you need to worry :)

The worst that can happen with polymers is that they become brittle, but that's after a long span of time.

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[–] weabot 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There is no reason to pay lego's high prices.

Except if you don't want to support a shitty company from one of the most corrupted countries in the world to buy legos made by underpaid workers and coal energy, so it's many times worse for the environment.

Low prices come at a price, keep that in mind.

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[–] talkingtooloud 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Except that those likely have mercury or lead in them and could have been made by children

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[–] Sisypharce 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

From China? No way, Jose. You're not selling me on that funny looking bunny.

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[–] BeerBaron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Wha.. wha... what?!?! I am not surprised and am ashamed that I had never even considered this. Mind. Blown.

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[–] AcesulfameZ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Imagine a world with pain free legos. Feet of parents everywhere would rejoice.

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[–] jeegte12 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

One of my favorite aspects of lego bricks is their longevity. If the brick is soft enough so it won't hurt, then they're also gonna be too soft to last.

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[–] BeerBaron 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That's right up there with world peace and free energy. Only possible in hypotheticals.

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[–] NewYorkMos 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

No kidding on the prices - we have a small fortune invested in legos scattered throughout our basement. $50 for the cheap sets that takes my son less than 10 minutes to build! On the other hand, we may be able to pay for his college through the sale of same bricks :)

So when Lego makes the switch - will the value of the "old" bricks increase or decrease?

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[–] ItsChipsnotChips 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I'm all for this , I'm glad that they've given a more realistic time-frame as well to perfect the manipulation of the different plastic types in order to retain their well known quality. Oh my I sound like an advertisement . I'm not in anyway associated with Lego just as a heads up , I'm just a bit of an adult fanboy ;)

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[–] FuzzyMoney 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

As long as LEGO keeps the quality of bricks that they've been producing for years, I will be more than happy with the switch. I'm just worried that the new bricks may not be as durable or as long lasting as their current ones, but LEGO says they intend to maintain quality, so let's hope they deliver.

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[–] Sisypharce 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is great news. I already lost one boyhood idol (fuck you Cosby) this week. Good to know Lego is doing the right thing without a big expose or Change.org petition making them do it.

P.S. If either of those last two things are happening, please don't tell me.

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[–] mindful 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Wonder if it has anything to do with the Video that Greenpeace did on shell with an arctic built from lego.

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[–] new_mexico 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm curious what they will come up with for an alternative. Will the alternative product be more bio-gradable or just less environmentally strenuous on the front end? Corn made LEGO pieces that never degrade would still be better than nothing.

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[–] Master_Ping 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I hope they burn the same way..

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