Can we get a quick round of applause for Lego? Aside from making our favorite toy of yesteryear (and our kiddos’ fave today), it’s also making a name for itself as a progressive and socially aware company. First, a collection of female scientists. Now, environmentally friendly Lego bricks.
In a recent release, the toy brand announced its plans to produce Lego bricks and piecesmade entirely out of plant-based materials like sugarcane. We’ll first see the changes in new “botanical elements” like itty-bitty green trees, leaves and bushes. The new toy pieces will appear in sets as soon as this year.
This particular step is part of the company’s environmental goals to use sustainable materials in products and packaging, reduce production waste to zero and reduce manufacturing CO2 emissions, all by 2030. The best (and perhaps most ambitious) part? Lego says its ultimate goal is to make all of its bricks completely sustainable.
Don’t worry: The new eco-friendly bricks will work with all existing Lego pieces. That includes the, er, vintage ones in the back of your closet.