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Lego Builds Big in Its Search for Sustainable Plastics

The Danish toy company is set to invest massive amounts of cash to help find greener materials for their products.

Image by Benjamin Esham via Flickr

Go into almost any home with children, and you’re likely to find Legos. Maybe the kids put together one of the brand’s many specialty sets, recreating a scene from Star Wars. Or maybe they just followed their imaginations, building something strange and unique. Perhaps the pieces are just scattered all over the floor, and as you step unassumingly into the room, you stumble on the bricks’ trademark pointy corners, howling in a familiar pain that takes you back to the heady, magically creative days of your own childhood. In any case, there’s a lot of Lego out there—according to ‎Tim Brooks, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Lego, there are more than 90 times as many Lego pieces as there are human beings on Earth. So it’s a relief to hear that the company is investing one billion kroner (over $150 million) to sustainably replace the oil-based plastics used to make the ubiquitous toy bricks.

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Top Twelve American Banks, Coal and Oil Companies Paid Less Taxes Than You

This great infographic shows how the dirtiest dozen American corporations are gaming the system and paying less than you in taxes.


Yesterday, along with hundreds of millions of Americans, you likely settled up your taxes formally with the IRS. Incredibly, most of the biggest and most profitable finance and energy companies in the country are paying far less than their fair share. Last, month, Alex wrote about the most startling—and highest profile—incident involving GE, the country's largest corporation.

The Rainforest Action Network reviewed the nation's top four banks, oil and coal companies, and "found that all of them are gaming the system." RAN put out a great infographic that shows just how egregiously the companies are ducking their tax responsibilities. The companies studied: Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Chevron, BP, Shell, Exxon, Massey Energy, Alpha Natural Resources, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. The graphic is pretty cluttered (click through to see the original, larger version), but it's worth examining to see how some of the biggest corporations in the country avoid paying taxes.

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