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Lego Goes Green


Legos are among the world’s most popular toys. But the process for making them—as with many other toys—hurts the environment. Why? Legos are made of plastic. The plastic is made from oil, which is a nonrenewable resource.

Now, Lego is introducing Botanical Elements. The tiny plastic bushes, leaves, and trees are made from sugarcane, which is a sustainable material. These new Earth-friendly pieces will begin cropping up in Lego sets this year. They are a step forward in the company’s goal to improve its environmental footprint. Lego is aiming to use sustainable materials in all its toys by 2030, according to Tim Brooks. He is Lego’s vice president of environmental responsibility.

“The actions we take today can have an impact on the planet of tomorrow,” Brooks told TFK. “Every step and every action you do—big or small—matters.”