The first Lego pieces made from plant-based plastic sourced go on sale this year, the company has announced.
Production has begun on a range of Lego botanical elements or pieces such as leaves, bushes and trees, made entirely from polyethylene (made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane material). They will start appearing in Lego box sets with bricks and mini-figures later this year.
Lego bricks have been traditionally made with a strong, oil-based plastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) since 1963. Lego boasts of the durability of its bricks.