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The green crib: Building blocks
Why should adults have all the fun when it comes to green design? The bedroom/playroom of any aspiring eco-architect just wouldn't be complete without building blocks made from sustainable materials.
Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 8:45 AM
Welcome to this week's installment of “The green crib,” a series of posts where I focus on a single room in the home where an adult’s good green influence — and decorating sense — will ideally rub off on said room’s primary inhabitant: a little one.
Today's topic hits particularly close to home as I was one of those kids who could spend hours on end creating — and then destroying — structures with a tub of old fashioned wooden building blocks before graduating on to more "advanced" building systems like, umm, Lincoln Logs.
That said, building blocks have come a long way since my days of erecting wooden shelters for my Playmobil figures. And although wooden blocks have always had an eco-upper hand on plastic toys, today's building blocks are more frequently made from sustainably grown wood, finished with nontoxic paints, or even made from non-wood materials like recycled PET milk jugs.
Below you'll find a few earth-friendly building block sets ideal for aspiring eco-architects. And if it's eco-dollhouses that you're after, click here
to check out seven dollhouses that are decidedly more Ed Begley Jr. than Malibu Barbie.
Haba Savilla Building Blocks @ Oompa
Plan Toys Eco-Friendly Unit Building Blocks @ Toys "R" Us
Citiblocks 50 Piece Cool Colors Block Set @ Oompa
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