Welcome to the final installment of “The green crib,” a special series of posts where I've focused 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.
I've covered a whole lot of territory in this 12-week series, featuring eye-catching mobiles
, earth-safe nursery cleaners
, organic cotton quilts and blankets
, not-too-cloying handmade wall art
, vinyl-free wallpaper and wall decals
, low-energy lamps and night lights
, nursery odds and ends
, earth-friendly building blocks
for aspiring eco-architects, adorable plush stuffed animals
made from natural materials, and eco-trendy spins on two ubiquitous pieces of nursery furniture, the rocking chair
and the changing table
While all of the above nursery furnishings and accessories are important (although some would argue the necessity of a full-on changing table) and worthy of greening, I went ahead and saved the best for last: the crib itself.
Although safety is the top concern for parents while crib shopping (Consumer Reports has an excellent guide
on what to look for when buying a new crib, new
being the crucial word here since buying used is not recommended), many parents also take into consideration how the materials that the crib is made from can effect a child's health along with the well-being of the environment. And, of course, the crib has to look good.
Below are eight cribs made from sustainable woods, nontoxic/low-VOC paints and finishes, and other eco-friendly elements that, from a design perspective, stand out from the pack. Is their an exceptional, eco-crib that I didn't include below? One that Junior slept in or is sleeping in right now? Tell me about it in the comments section.
Muu Sam Crib @ 2Modern
($1,095 - $1,175)