LEGO is rolling out their first plant-based plastic pieces

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on LEGO is rolling out their first plant-based plastic pieces

Plants from plants: that’s LEGO’s description for their first sustainable bricks . They’ll be rolling out botanical elements like trees, leaves, and bushes manufactured with plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane this year. The move is part of their goal to utilize only sustainable materials in their packaging and core products by 2030. LEGO is utilizing plastic polyethylene based on sugarcane material: specifically, ethanol . LEGO Group Environmental Responsibility vice president Tim Brooks said plant-based polyethylene possesses the same properties as regular polyethylene, so kids and parents probably won’t notice a difference in the look and quality of the new bricks. Related: Build your own BIG-designed LEGO House with LEGO Architecture’s newest kit What does the term ‘sustainable material’ mean to LEGO? According to the company, “The LEGO Group believes a new sustainable material must have an ever-lighter footprint than the material it replaces across key environmental and social impact areas such as fossil resource use, human rights , and climate change .” The sugarcane is sustainably sourced, according to the company, “in accordance with guidance from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance ,” which is a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative. It’s also “certified by the Bonsucro Chain of Custody Standard .” LEGO partnered with WWF “to support and build demand for sustainably sourced plastic” and joined the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance. Give your biggest "green" to the very FIRST #sustainable LEGO Bricks! LEGO botanical elements including leaves and trees will now be made from sugarcane-based plastic.The first “greens” are to appear in LEGO sets later this year. Sweeet? #PlantsfromPlants https://t.co/rZKijykjYO pic.twitter.com/yraEOLq5NM — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) March 1, 2018 LEGO’s press release did not include information on recycling the sustainable bricks; but The Guardian said the bioplastic could be recycled several times, although it’s probably not 100 percent biodegradable . As of now, polyethylene elements comprise one to two percent of all the plastic elements produced by the company. The sustainable trees, bushes and leaf pieces will be comprised entirely of plant-based plastic, and they will pop up in LEGO boxes in 2018. Brooks said, “This is a great first step in our ambitious commitment of making all LEGO bricks using sustainable materials.” + LEGO Images courtesy of LEGO

More: 
LEGO is rolling out their first plant-based plastic pieces

Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

If you’re planning to gift a fidget spinner this holiday season, take heed – the US Public Interest Research Group has found dangerously high levels of lead in some spinners sold at Target. In fact, one of the fidget spinners was found to contain 300 times the 100 parts per million allowable for children’s toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contains the highest levels of lead , testing at 33,000 parts per million. As we mentioned, that’s 300 times what is allowed for children’s toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. The response from Target and the manufacturer has been the same: the particular spinners aren’t intended for children under the age of 14. Hence, CPSC lead restrictions for children’s toys “don’t apply.” The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions. Said a spokesperson for Target: “The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as ‘general use products.’ They are not defined by the CPSC as toys.” Related: 11-year old inventor becomes “America’s Top Young Scientist” for creating lead-detecting sensor According to Kara Cook-Shultz, the toxics director at US PIRG, it doesn’t matter how the CPSC classifies these spinners — they’re still being marketed as toys for kids. “All fidget spinners have play value as children’s toys regardless of labeling,” said Cook-Schultz. “We can’t sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys. And, yes, they are toys.” CBS News reports that the gadgets are being sold in the toy aisles alongside the spinners sold to 6-year-olds. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages “6 and up.” The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend “Ages 14+”. Lead poisoning is a serious concern, particularly for young children. This is because children absorb the substance more readily. Young kids are also more likely to put products that contain high amounts of lead in their mouths and near their noses. Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity , lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities. Of course, lead is toxic to adults, as well. Excess levels of lead can result in brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure, weakness, headaches and muscle problems in adults. + US Public Interest Research Group Via CBS News Images via Pixabay

Original post: 
Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

LEGO launches Women of NASA set

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on LEGO launches Women of NASA set

Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA’s space program are being honored in a special way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design , with an official launch date for the 231-piece set that includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Science writer and LEGO tinkerer Maia Weinstock proposed the idea for Women of NASA on the LEGO Ideas platform last summer – and reached 10,000 supporters in 15 days. LEGO designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges got on board to help transform the idea into an official set, which will launch November 1. Related: BIG’s LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark Sally Ride was the first American woman in space , while Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in space. Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive role at NASA, and was instrumental in planning the Hubble Telescope . Margaret Hamilton “led the team that developed the building blocks of software engineering – a term that she coined herself,” according to NASA . Weinstock said in a statement, “…when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas. With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history. My dream would be to know that the first human on Mars – or an engineer or computer scientist who helped her get there – played with the LEGO Women of NASA as a child and was inspired to pursue a STEM career as a result.” The original proposal included five women, but according to a LEGO statement, “Katherine Johnson chose not to be part of the set.” If you’re in the New York City area, there will be a pre-release event October 28 at the Flatiron District LEGO store on 200 5th Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can check out details on the Facebook event page here . Via LEGO and LEGO Ideas Blog Images via LEGO

Original post: 
LEGO launches Women of NASA set

Artist sells surreal DIY kits of anatomical balloon dogs and rubber duckies

March 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Artist sells surreal DIY kits of anatomical balloon dogs and rubber duckies

Read the rest of Artist sells surreal DIY kits of anatomical balloon dogs and rubber duckies

Here is the original post: 
Artist sells surreal DIY kits of anatomical balloon dogs and rubber duckies

Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

July 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

The  Triennale Design Museum presents Toyssimi exhibition, an event that showcases the results of the collaboration between 100 children and 100 designers who designed their dream toys at special workshops at various children’s hospital wards. Organized by Scuola Tam Tam with the support of ilVespaio in Milan and other cities, every designer was asked to fill a suitcase with diverse materials, such as rope, wire, mastic, woodsticks, plastic plugs, waste, scraps, and then met a child and formed a creative pair. At the workshops, traditional roles disappeared: who is the teacher? Who is the pupil? Who is the designer? And who is the child?  During the creative process, designers gave free rein to the children’s creativity, unleashing imagination and generating unpredictable, amazing results. The 100 toys are now showcased at La Balena, an area designed by Blumerandfriends , with photos and videos telling the creative process behind the exhibition. The toys will be put up for auction and the proceeds will be given to Amani, a non-profit organisation that for 20 years has been helping children in Kenya and Zambia. + Tam Tam Toyssimi The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

See the original post here: 
Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

Le FabShop’s DIY 3D-Printable Accessories Transform Fruit and Vegetables into Fun Toys

November 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Le FabShop’s DIY 3D-Printable Accessories Transform Fruit and Vegetables into Fun Toys

French company Le FabShop has come up with a great way to make fruit and vegetables fun for kids. They have just released 14 3D-printable components that transform potatoes, carrots, eggplants and apples into planes, four-wheelers, helicopters and submarines. These accessories, called Open Toys, are open source and can be downloaded for free, then printed and attached to your kid’s favorite  – or not so favorite — fruit and veggies. Read the rest of Le FabShop’s DIY 3D-Printable Accessories Transform Fruit and Vegetables into Fun Toys Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed toys , 3D printing , 3d printing technology , DIY toys , le Fabshop , makerbot , open source design , Paris , toys , vegetable toys

Read more here: 
Le FabShop’s DIY 3D-Printable Accessories Transform Fruit and Vegetables into Fun Toys

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

July 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling characters take part in any number of cool adventures. In this particular LEGO set, huskies and polar bears frolic about on ice floes while folks with families fish in the water nearby. Now, picture those same kids pouring crude oil all over the scene for accuracy’s sake. Sounds horrific, doesn’t it? Well, it may not be all that far-fetched: LEGO’s partnership with Shell has toy sets and bricks branded with the oil company’s logo in one of the most inappropriate partnerships imaginable. Read the rest of LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , Arctic Drilling , Children , Climate Change , deep sea drilling , drilling , environmental destruction , flaring , fracking , gas , lego , lego block shell , legoblockshell , oil , oil and gas , oil drilling , oil spill , oil spills , penguins , petrochemical , petrochemical industry , polar bears , Pollution , Shell , toys

Read more from the original source: 
LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

July 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world’s 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of power produced by two nuclear plants . And the figures and waste are growing all the time. Which is why this simple gadget has the potential to revolutionize global electricity consumption. Unlike other chargers, ASMO automatically stops drawing energy when the phone is unplugged, yet it also fires right back up when the phone is plugged back in. The most common question we hear is: “How come no one has not come up with that idea yet?” Honestly, we don’t know. Luckily, we’ve got a patent pending. Just replace your old mobile charger with this unique technology, keep calm and start saving. If you’d like to own one of your own, check out the ASMO Kickstarter campaign . + ASMO Charger The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , ASMO Charger , charger that stops charging , clean tech , eco design , Energy Savings , green design , green gadgets , green mobile phone charger , mobile phone charger , reader submitted content , sustainable design , unplugged charger stops charging

Continued here: 
ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

Little Architect’s Magnetic Blocks Inspires Budding Architects to Build Amazing Structures

May 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Little Architect’s Magnetic Blocks Inspires Budding Architects to Build Amazing Structures

Read the rest of Little Architect’s Magnetic Blocks Inspires Budding Architects to Build Amazing Structures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect’s tools , architect’s toolset , areaware , block toy , carlos ng , eco design , eco toy , educational toy , green design , green toy , little architect’s toolset , modular blocks , parsons festival 2014 , parsons the new school for design , toy , toys , Wanted Design 2014 , wooden toy

Read more from the original source:
Little Architect’s Magnetic Blocks Inspires Budding Architects to Build Amazing Structures

Anatomical Barbie Offers a Fascinatingly Grotesque Study of the Doll’s Impossible Body

May 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Anatomical Barbie Offers a Fascinatingly Grotesque Study of the Doll’s Impossible Body

Read the rest of Anatomical Barbie Offers a Fascinatingly Grotesque Study of the Doll’s Impossible Body Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anatomical barbie , anatomical toys , barbie , barbie anatomy , BKLYN Designs , BKLYN Designs 2014 , dissected toys , jason freeny , jason freeny anatomy toys , jason freeny toys , toys

See more here: 
Anatomical Barbie Offers a Fascinatingly Grotesque Study of the Doll’s Impossible Body

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1313 access attempts in the last 7 days.