Plant-based Legos on the way

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(NBC News Channel) - Toy maker Lego is coming out with its first plant based plastic pieces.

Lego says it will manufacture some of its pieces, including leaves, bushes, and trees from sustainable, plant based plastic.

The material will be sourced from sugarcane and production of the pieces or "elements" has already started.

They are expected to be in Lego boxes this year.

Lego executives say children and parents won't notice any difference in the quality or appearance of the new elements.