Neat! Natural LEGO Blocks, Made From Cedar Sawdust, Coffee Beans & Tea Leaves

© Colors Tokyo

Despite my best efforts, plastic has an unavoidable way of creeping its way into my child's toys -- like a well-meaning gift of plastic blocks. So imagine my delight at seeing these naturally-based LEGO blocks made out of sawdust, cedar bark shavings, coffee beans and green tea leaves, made by Japanese design company Colors Tokyo.

© Colors Tokyo
© Colors Tokyo

The blocks, which come in sets of either material so that each set is of a different color and smell, are available on in one size (1.25 by 5/8 by 5/8 inches). They're a little softer than your conventional plastic LEGO blocks, but still snap together as usual. Apparently, the natural materials are blended together with recyclable polypropylene (behold, a hidden thermoplastic polymer!) to help them hold together. Well, at least they won't feel like plastic.

© Colors Tokyo

Available for purchase at the Guggenheim Museum shop for $30 (certainly a nice gift idea for plastic-leery families).

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