Back in March Lego announced that it would start making plastic pieces out of sustainable plant-based materials, starting with some lovely fitting greenery. A couple of days ago it also revealed those sustainable pieces would be available between 1st and 17th August, for anyone spending more than £35 at the Lego store. To commemorate that launch, the Natural History Museum in London will be hosting a new event using the bricks, to help teach kids about nature and sustainability.
'The Quest for Plant Maximus' is taking place all day on 3rd-5th August, and the idea is that kids can build their own 'sustainable superhero' (called Plant Maximus) using a mix of traditional and the new sustainable Lego pieces.
Throughout each session attendees will learn about the process behind how Lego is making the new sustainable pieces (the sugar cane plant is involved), alongside a 'quest' that sends them around the museum to learn more about nature and the environment. They'll then be able to use that information to build a wildlife-friendly city that's supposed to double as a suitable home for Plant Maximus and his friends.
The event is free, takes roughly an hour to complete, and is mainly designed for groups of up to children over the age of six. Each session is limited to five attendees, comprised of up to a maximum of three children and two adults. The museum also expects places to sell out and warns would-be attendees that they should book in advance. Unfortunately online booking isn't available just yet.
As for the Plants from Plants (#40320) set, following the initial promotional release Lego plans to start rolling the new pieces out into existing Lego sets as the older oil-based plastic pieces start to run out. So even if you don't get the free gift set, you'll still be able to get your hands on the pieces eventually. Just not in as large numbers. We don't quite know how they're made, or what they'll feel like, but here's what Lego itself has had to say about the manufacturing process:
The plastic used to make the elements is polyethylene, a soft, durable and flexible plastic made from sustainably sourced sugarcane, in accordance with guidance from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) and third party certified global standards. The new elements are technically identical to existing LEGO botanical elements and have been tested to ensure the sustainably sourced plant-based plastic meets the high standards for quality and safety that the LEGO Group has, and consumers expect from LEGO products.