The LEGOs you know and love are in for some big changes. In an effort to create zero waste, the company is producing LEGO bricks made from plant-based materials, but you likely won’t notice at all.

LEGO has just announced that it has started production on sustainable blocks made with materials sourced from sugarcane. The plant-based polyethylene is softer but still durable. Despite these new changes, LEGO promises that builders won’t notice a difference in the look or feel of the bricks.

The new sustainable plastic will be used for specific LEGO pieces, like leaves, bushes, and trees. This is just the first step, however, as the company has vowed to use sustainable materials for its core products and packaging by 2030. “At the LEGO Group 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,” Tim Brooks, LEGO’s Vice President of Environmental Responsibility, said in a statement. “This is a great first step in our ambitious commitment of making all Lego bricks using sustainable materials.”

Are you excited about these new LEGOs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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