The first thing I noticed when reading the classic book “Goodnight Moon” to my son were those dark green walls in the baby rabbit’s room; yuck! Today’s “green” room is filled with earth-friendly products made from recycled and reusable materials to keep excess waste from landfills. Organic fabrics play their part too, since they aren’t treated with chemicals which affect the air and water supplies. Celebrities are ga-ga over these green toys, clothes, and gear.
A growing demand for stylish yet responsible infant products has encouraged designers and manufacturers to think outside the plain, recycled cardboard box. The newest eco-friendly clothing, toys and related gear can be found in a wide range of price ranges.
Here’s a round-up of our top picks:
Cloud B’s award-winning Twilight Turtle, Sleep Sheep and Lullawraps have made their way into the homes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes, and Angelina Jolie. Their new eco-friendly plush collection includes the Polar Cuddle Cub, made of soy fabric. The Dozy Dolphin and Dozy Dolphin On The Go are both constructed with a fabric made from bamboo, a fast-growing, sustainable material quickly making its way into the design of many consumer products.
PVC-free materials are better for the environment and can be used instead of traditional plastics. Case in point: the new collection of Bath Tub Toy Bags from the “Living Goods” line of o.r.e.. These multi-pocketed storage solutions come in four playful designs: Ahoy Matey!, Alphabet, Lady Bug, and Numbers. They’re made of mesh and frosted EVA, a safer PVC-free plastic alternative.
Celebrity moms like Gwen Stefani, Tori Spelling, and Uma Thurman use Erbaviva “luxury organic” skincare products. Erbaviva collections for babies, mothers, and moms-to-be are created from certified organic ingredients and essential oils, and manufactured in an environmentally friendly, socially conscious manner. The new Baby Butter contains organic cocoa butter, beeswax, and chamomile; Sniffles Organic Baby Chest Balm includes Calendula, Eucalyptus and myrrh; and Lip and Cheek Balm is made from calendula and chamomile.
Greener Gear and Accessories
Diaper bags get an earth-friendly makeover from Kalencom. Several AZO-free bags come in modern styles and bright, updated color palettes. The bags are constructed from PVC material which does not contain phthalates/DEHP, DBP, BOP, or other potentially harmful chemicals.
By Traci L. Suppa is a mother of two, living and writing in New York’s Hudson Valley.
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