The next Lego build to hit shelves? A more sustainable future. The iconic toy brand just announced it will start using bioplastics in its kits this year.
Made from sugar cane, these plant-based pieces (while still technically plastic because of the chemical process used to create it) are easier on the environment than the petroleum-based ones they're replacing. According to molecular biologist Stephen Mayfield, the update has the potential to reduce the toy's carbon footprint by up to 70 percent. Plus, new pieces will be recyclable. Lego has also pledged to source all of its sugar cane from farms that meet the WWF's Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance standards for sustainability and ethics.