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Life of Legos

Hayden Dykes


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Resource Extraction


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ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and is a thermoplastic used in Lego bricks. While there are 20 different types of plastics that go into making a Lego brick, ABSs are used in about 80% of them.

Legos are made from abs and other plastics

Resource Extraction

China, the U.S., and Germany are the world's largest producers of these ABSs and other plastics

Extraction of oil can cause spills that harm wildlife and habitats; fracking can cause the emission of NOx, VOCs, and Methane

The materials for these plastics are crude oil and natural gas and requires hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract

Environmental Costs

Extraction Process

Where They Come From

Did You Know?

The company doesn't produce any Legos in the U.S.

The first Lego factory was made in Denmark in 1934 and is still in use today!

Environmental and Health Concerns

Where are Legos Made?

There are many additives that are put into Legos when producing them. Two of these are BPAs and flame retardants which can increase the risk of health issues. Ingestion of these chemicals via inhaling can cause reproductive and neurological issues. Seeing as the main material in Lego bricks are plastics, there is a large amount of plastic waste from the bricks that contribute to waterway pollution.

Legos are mass produced in many countries. Some of these countries include Denmark, Hungary, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and China.


The main means of transportation globally are trucks, railway terminals, and cargo ships.

Legos get shipped to retail stores in many countries. The 3 countries with the most retail stores that legos are shipped to are the U.S., the U.K., and Germany.


Transportation trucks, railway terminals, and cargo ships all contribute to the release of greenhouse gases

There is no environmental cost in regards to the actual use of Lego bricks.

Legos can be used by multiple people and are often shared by kids or given to younger children after the original owner has grown up.

Many Legos are given away to daycares or younger siblings after being used, however, most Legos will end up getting thrown away and be put in landfills.

Since Legos are not biodegradable, it would take a single Lego brick anywhere from 100-1,300 years to fully recyle into the environment

Plastic waste from landfill usually finds its way into water systems and negatively affects the marine life.


Time it Takes to Recycle

Environmental Cost

Ways of Disposal

One of the main issues is that Lego bricks are not biodegradable.If Lego bricks were to be made out of materials that are not the current plastics, then Legos would have a longer shelf life, have less of a need to be pumped with toxic chemicals, and would break down into the environment completely in a timely manner.

Fighting off the microplastics!!!

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Roll Credits! (Get it? Please tell me you get it)

1) https://ceh.org/yourhealth/how-the-process-of-making-plastic-is-as-harmful-as-plastic-waste/2) WOW that's an ugly link so if you click on the text it should bring you to the website3)https://3dinsider.com/what-is-abs/4)https://lelightgo.com/blogs/news/how-lego-is-made