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Life Cycle Of A Lego Product

Life Cycle Of A Lego Product. This is a project we are doing for a science class
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Sean Sully

on 15 November 2011

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Transcript of Life Cycle Of A Lego Product

LEGO:
The Life Cycle of a Product.
Step #1:
The Idea.
Lego was created by Mr. Ole Kirk Christiansen and it is an array of colorful interlocking and connecting bricks that come in multiple shapes and sizes. Lego itself is made out of plastic and the instruction booklet is made out of paper. Lego is very sturdy and can last up to 40 years with good care. (or untill your pet eats it!)

Step #2:
Materials Acquisition:
Since lego is made out of plastic; We need to drill out petroluem from the ground. We also need lumber to make the paper for the instructions. This depletes natural resources.
Step #3:
Materials Processing.
We need to convert the chemicals from pertoluem into plastic and create wood pulp, then paper from the lumber. This takes energy.
From This:
And This
To This
And This
Manufacturing
Step #4
We are converting raw materials into a form that can be used to make the products. So we will mold the plastic into Lego and Print instrusctions onto the paper.
From this:
To This
Step #5
Packaging.
Lego comes in boxes (not by the handful) so we need to package the Lego into boxes and individual packages.
And This
(Plastic)
To This
And This.
(Plastic)
Step #6:
Distribution.
We will ship the Lego to a store where it will be sold. This uses energy and lets greenhouse gasses into the air.
We will then ship the Lego to the store that it is sold at, like Target, ToysR'us, and of corse, the Lego store. This will use energy and create greenhouse gasses, because of burning gasoline in a LARGE truck.
Step #7
Use.
This is when when you get to play with the Lego!
YAY!!! This does not take energy to use.
Step #8:
Reuse/Recycling.
Since Lego is reusable, you can build and build (even if the set is destroyed) untill you sell it. If you don't want it or can't sell it you can recycle it (after all, Lego is plastic!)
Step #9:
Disposal.
After a couple of decades, (or untill it breaks) Lego will eventually have to be thrown away. Lego will go to a landfill. This produces methane (a greenhouse gas) and consumes energy.
THE END!!!!
For more Info (cites):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego
http://www.lego.com/en-us/default.aspx
Pretty much anything LEGO related!
(paper)
Or; realistically
And Google
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