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乐高将生产以甘蔗为原料的积木

白泉山书院2018-07-16 13:34:03

Lego recently announced that they will start producing pieces from sustainable sugar cane1. The toys, which will be indistinguishable from classic Legos, will also feature "botanical elements" like leaves, bushes, and trees. Lego's current bricks are made from oil-based plastics. 

最近,乐高宣布他们将开始以甘蔗为可持续原料生产玩具。这些玩具将以植物元素(如叶子、灌木、树木)为特色,它们和经典乐高积木没什么差别。目前,乐高积木由石油基塑料制成。

"We want to make a positive impact on the world around us, and are working hard to make great play products for children using sustainable materials," said Tim Brooks2vice3 president, environmental responsibility at the Lego Group, in a statement. "This is a great first step in our ambitious commitment of making all Lego bricks using sustainable materials." 

The new line of production has reportedly already started with pieces being produced from polyethylene, which is a soft, durable4 and flexible plastic -- technically5 identical to those produced using conventional plastic. Lego says that we needn't worry about the quality of the new products, as they've tested the plant-based plastic to ensure that it meets the high standards for quality and safety that consumers expect from the company. 

"LEGO products have always been about providing high quality play experiences giving every child the chance to shape their own world through inventive play. Children and parents will not notice any difference in the quality or appearance of the new elements, because plant-based polyethylene has the same properties as conventional polyethylene," said Tim Brooks. 

The move is part of Lego's campaign to use sustainable materials in its core products and packaging by 2030, a move in which they have already invested $165 million. According to a research report, 4% of the world's petroleum6 is used as a raw material to make plastic, and another 4% is used in the plastic-making process. Since plastic is so ubiquitous and so notoriously non-eco-friendly, finding ways to replace it is extremely important. With this in mind, Lego has partnered with WWF to play their part, joining the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA), which supports the responsible development of plastics made from plant material.

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1 cane    


n.手杖,细长的茎,藤条;v.以杖击,以藤编制的

参考例句:

  • This sugar cane is quite a sweet and juicy.这甘蔗既甜又多汁。

  • English schoolmasters used to cane the boys as a punishment.英国小学老师过去常用教鞭打男学生作为惩罚。

2 brooks    


n.小溪( brook的名词复数 )

参考例句:

  • Brooks gave the business when Haas caught him with his watch. 哈斯抓到偷他的手表的布鲁克斯时,狠狠地揍了他一顿。 来自《简明英汉词典》

  • Ade and Brooks exchanged blows yesterday and they were severely punished today. 艾德和布鲁克斯昨天打起来了,今天他们受到严厉的惩罚。 来自《简明英汉词典》

3 vice    


n.坏事;恶习;[pl.]台钳,老虎钳;adj.副的

参考例句:

  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。

  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。

4 durable    


adj.持久的,耐久的

参考例句:

  • This raincoat is made of very durable material.这件雨衣是用非常耐用的料子做的。

  • They frequently require more major durable purchases.他们经常需要购买耐用消费品。

5 technically    


adv.专门地,技术上地

参考例句:

  • Technically it is the most advanced equipment ever.从技术上说,这是最先进的设备。

  • The tomato is technically a fruit,although it is eaten as a vegetable.严格地说,西红柿是一种水果,尽管它是当作蔬菜吃的。

6 petroleum    


n.原油,石油

参考例句:

  • The Government of Iran advanced the price of petroleum last week.上星期伊朗政府提高了石油价格。

  • The purpose of oil refinery is to refine crude petroleum.炼油厂的主要工作是提炼原油。


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