Way back in March, LEGO announced that they will be producing LEGO plant elements using plant-based plastic in a move to use sustainable materials in a majority of the products and packaging by 2030. The first set that has been released using this initiative is the Plants from Plants (40320) set. You can get for free from now until until August 14 with purchases of $35 or more, while supplies last.
The box is a small one similar to the small Creator sets. What’s interesting about the box is that there’s printing of the perforated push box but it doesn’t work, instead, I just cut open the tape and to my surprise, the box isn’t actually perforated. The contents include two bags and a leaflet. The leaflet gives you a short background story of what the the plant sustainable parts are.
From what has been announced, the new plant pieces are made from plant-based polyethylene which is made from ethanol produced from sugarcane. The sugarcane that is used is sourced sustainably in accordance with guidance from the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) and is certified by the Bonsucro Chain of Custody standard.
With this Plants from Plants set, you get a variety of botanical elements which include:
When you compare these new plant elements to the existing ones, there are no recognizable differences between the two. They look exactly the same and will work like regular LEGO parts so you can pretty much mix them in with your existing collection and don’t have to worry that they don’t mix. Can you tell which bush below is made from the new sugarcane materials?
This Plants from Plants (40320) set is a great introduction to elements that are produced by plant-based materials. As I mentioned before, you literally can not tell the difference between the new parts from the older ones. Since they are made with sugarcane, LEGO is actually helping the environment and the planet itself by cutting down on the amount of fossil fuels used to product their products.
As a promotional item, LEGO is letting fans know about what they are doing to help the environment and is a kick start towards their goal of using sustainable materials in all of their core products and packaging by 2030.
If you’ve made it this far in the review, congratulations. You’ve also access the giveaway where I’ll be giving away a copy of this set, courtesy of LEGO. If you’ve entered my giveaways before, it’s the same way as all my other giveaways. Good luck!