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Good-bye plastic: Lego announces a huge change in the future of its toys.

Get ready to say good-bye to the Legos of yesteryear.

Legos. A classic children's toy.

The literal building blocks of imagination can bring many hours of joy.


Just take a look at that imagination! Photo by mureut/Flickr.

Hours of joy that are quickly forgotten when you step on them and want to die from the pain.

One thing I don't miss after giving away my Legos. GIF from Jerry Purpdrank/Vine.

To say that Legos are popular would be an understatement.

People love them! In 2012, over 45 billion Lego pieces were made, and enough were sold that year to circle the world 18 times.

That's A LOT of plastic.

Literally 6,000 tons of plastic each year. And we all know how bad plastic is for the environment.

Just a drop in the bucket. Photo by Curtis McHale/Flickr.

That's why the Lego Group just made a huge announcement about the future of Lego building blocks.

They're going to invest 1 BILLION Danish Krone (which is about $150 million USD) in a program that'll make the Lego blocks we know and love evenbetter!

They're going to spend the money to hire 100 amazing, smart people to figure out materials that aren't harmful to the environment that can be used to make Legos instead.

An example of smart people. Image by U.S. Army RDECOM/Flickr.

They're establishing the Lego Sustainable Materials Center, which is the latest move by Lego to reduce its carbon footprint.

Currently, Legos are made out of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, which is a long way of saying "really strong plastic."

Knowing how much the colorful little blocks can hurt the Earth, Lego's been trying to do things that are better for the environment, like using less paper in their packaging and investing in an offshore wind farm.

In the announcement about the recent commitment, Lego Group owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (who is the grandson of Lego founder, Ole Kirk Kristiansen — how cool is that?) said:

"The investment announced is a testament to our continued ambition to leave a positive impact on the planet, which future generations will inherit. It is certainly in line with the mission of the LEGO Group and in line with the motto of my grandfather and founder of the LEGO Group, Ole Kirk Kristiansen: 'Only the best is good enough.'"

Thank you, Lego, for working hard to help us continue to bring our imaginations to life — without destroying the environment.

Take a look at their announcement in its entirety.

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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