Lego Roundup

Quick note: Sorry for the sporadic posting last week. Thanksgiving, job-searching self-pity, etc., etc.

Great White North

Last week I introduced Jeff Friesen, creator of 50 States of Lego. Jeff created a similar project lampooning each of Canada’s provinces. Here are two photos from the project, which Jeff titled Great White North. As with last time, the captions are Jeff’s originals.

British Columbia A magical harvest. Credit: Jeff Friesen

British Columbia
A magical harvest.
Credit: Jeff Friesen

New Brunswich If you don’t like the water level just wait five minutes. Credit: Jeff Friesen

New Brunswick
If you don’t like the water level just wait five minutes.
Credit: Jeff Friesen

Joker’s Funhouse

Last October saw the arrival of the twelfth annual BrickCon Lego-building convention in Seattle, Washington. Paul Hetherington won this year’s Best in Show with an enthralling take on Joker’s Funhouse. The Flickr photos are absolutely dazzling.

That said, you need to watch the automation in action to truly appreciate the craftsmanship here.

Sustainability at Lego

At Triple Pundit, Tina Casey reports that Lego has joined the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers initiative to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas footprint. Lego claims that ninety percent of their footprint is found in the supply chain. As such, they have made the following pledges:

First, starting next year, LEGO will partner with suppliers to develop pilot programs for reducing their operational carbon emissions.

Second, LEGO will “work with” (there’s that open-ended aspiration) a strategy for reducing materials-related emissions, which would also have a positive impact on supply chain emissions. That could mean, for example, developing new products that use fewer materials, and incorporating more reclaimed or recycled/recyclable materials.

Third, LEGO will “look into” (another aspiration) product innovations that produce a more sustainable outcome. We’re wondering — just wondering — if that could involve home or in-store 3D printing stations as a pathway for reducing emissions related to packing, shipping and handling.

Fourth, the company pledges to reduce the energy required to manufacture LEGO elements by ten percent per tonne, using 2012 as a baseline year.

Lego also claims to have been the first company in “their industry” to sign the United Nations Global Compact. Since 2006, the company has published annual progress reports on their efforts toward sustainability.

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