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Back in 2015, Lego announced that it was investing millions in research and development in effort to ditch petroleum-based plastic.

As reported over at ZME Science, “Over three quarters of Lego’s carbon footprint is produced before the company even has the chance to do anything. That’s because the Lego bricks it manufactures – some 60 billion each year – are made from oil which takes up a lot of energy and emissions to extract and refine”. Lego’s carbon footprint has been a sore spot for some time, heightened by other controversies, such as the time when Lego moved into partnership with oil giant Shell. It just was not a very good look, to say the least.

Fast-forward to 2018, it has been confirmed that the first batch of sustainable Lego pieces will go on sale later this year. The pieces are made from plant-based plastic sourced primarily from sugar cane. More technically, and to get in to a bit of the science, the plastic we’re speaking of here is polyethylene, which can be manufactured with ethanol extracted from sugar cane.

Lego has said that the bio-plastic meets its high-quality standards, and even claims it is more durable than normal plastic commonly used in such products. It is unlikely that the material will be 100% biodegradable, due to several complications, but it can be recycled numerous times and presents a big step forward for the popular global toy maker.

The first set of sustainable pieces will mainly comprise of trees, bushes and leaves as pictured above.

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