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Photo: Lego

Lego unveiled toy building bricks made from recycled plastic on Wednesday and pledged to begin selling the prototypes within two years.

Why it matters: It's the first time Lego has made bricks from a recycled material, per a statement from the Danish toymaker. Lego used PET plastic from discarded bottles to make the bricks.

The big picture: The firm uses over 110,000 tons of plastic in its products every year, per Reuters. Lego has pledged to invest $400 million over three years to use sustainable materials. It aims to switch to these by the decade's end.

Of note: On average, the plastic of a one-liter PET bottle is enough to make 10 two-by-four Legos, according to the company.

Yes, but: While Friends of the Earth welcomed Lego's plans, the environmental group warned in a statement that it's crucial that recycling isn't the only solution to the plastics crisis.

  • "Manufacturers must ensure toys are made to endure many years of use, so they can be handed down and reused," the group said.

Go deeper: "Axios on HBO" interview with Lego VP Tim Brooks

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NASA estimates Tonga volcano exploded with force of 5-6 megatons

A satellite image of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Dec. 24, before the eruption. Photo: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

NASA scientists estimate the power of Tonga's volcanic eruption over the weekend to have been 5-6 Megatons of TNT equivalent.

Threat level: Saturday's eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Haʻapai volcano and subsequent tsunami killed at least three people. Scientists warn an "ash-seawater cocktail" poses a potentially toxic health threat, and drinking water could be contaminated.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

New York AG alleges "significant evidence" of Trump Organization fraud

Combination images of former President Trump and New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York's attorney general filed a motion Tuesday seeking to compel former President Trump and his two elder children to appear for sworn testimony in her office's civil investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings.

Why it matters: Attorney General Letitia James revealed new details in the court filing and a statement on her office's investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices, including a preliminary finding alleging the company used "fraudulent and misleading asset valuations to obtain economic benefits."

6 hours ago - Technology

Ex-N.Y. Post digital chief files lawsuit alleging sexual harassment

Richard B. Levine) (Photo by Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images

Former New York Post editor Michelle Gotthelf is suing her former employer, its parent company News Corp. and two editors, alleging she was reprimanded after complaining to senior executives that she was sexually harassed by retired N.Y. Post editor-in-chief Col Allan. The N.Y. Post issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: "I felt that I owed it to myself and I owed it to the news organization and the people who answered to me," Gotthelf, who was a long time editor at the N.Y. Post, told Axios in an interview.