LEGO Is Releasing Their First Sustainable, Plant-Based Blocks

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They'll be softer, too, but still not painless if you step on one.

Posted by Mental Floss on Thursday, September 13, 2018

LEGO which we all know is a company that sells blocks that you can design into figures and all that jazz. Now they are releasing their first sustainable, plant-based blocks to be a little more environmentally savvy!

To craft the new type of material, LEGO is sourcing sugarcane from Brazil. The crops are grown on agricultural land rather than former rainforests, and the sourcing has received the stamp of approval from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance, an organization that encourages corporations to make sustainable, plant-based plastics.

Making LEGO parts from sugarcane results in a softer plastic, so the new method will only be used to make plant pieces like leaves, bushes, and trees for now. The bioplastic botanicals will start appearing in LEGO boxes this year and become standard by the end of 2018.

In just a few months just in time for the holidays, you will start to see these in stores!

LEGO says the change represents one step in its mission to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

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