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.

 

So far in the series, I've featured eye-catching mobiles, earth-safe nursery cleaners, organic cotton quilts and blankets, not-too-cloying handmade wall art, low-energy lamps and night lights, and eco-trendy spins on two ubiquitous pieces of nursery furniture, the rocking chair and the changing table. Last week, I rounded up nursery odds and ends ranging from energy-efficient baby monitors to surfboard-shaped growth charts made from sustainable wood.

 

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 ($69.99)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Toys Blocks @ Greeno Bambino ($25)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Toys Eco-Friendly Unit Building Blocks @ Toys "R" Us ($64.99)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beka Starter Block Set @ fawn&forest ($78)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Blocks Set @ giggle.com ($34) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citiblocks 50 Piece Cool Colors Block Set @ Oompa ($12.99)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.