Welcome to this week's installment — the second to last — 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 this special 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, 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

This week I'm zeroing in on kid-centric wallpaper and wall decals. While there's certainly no shortage in the cute department when it comes to selecting both of these items (especially reusable and removeable wall decals which are all the rage in the nursery decor-land), they frequently contain and/or are made from earth-unfriendly vinyl. Wallpaper containing vinyl is a particular concern in light of a recent study highlighting the toxic chemicals found in home improvement products. 

Below are a handful of wallpaper and removeable wall decal options worth perusing. Most are vinyl/PVC and VOC-free and made from recycled or FSC-certified paper, fabric, and contain nontoxic paints. One wall decal that I've chosen is indeed made from vinyl but the small company that produces it, Hommu, is sustainability-minded and emphasizes the recyclability of its product.

Bholu Wallpaper — Frederick the Elephant @ Design Public ($130)

Ferm Living Animal Farm Wallpaper @ Ferm Living ($110)

Graham & Brown Frames Wallpaper @ Land of Nod ($40)

Petit Collage Elephant Wall Decals @ Petit Collage ($60)

Wee Gallery Woodlands Wall Graphics @ Amazon.com ($38)

Makin' Monsters Reusable Fabric Wall Decals @ lovemaestore's Etsy store ($70)

Graham & BRown Eco Highway Wallpaper @ 2Modern ($60)

olli and lime Bille Wallpaper (burnt orange) @ Design Public ($65)

Hommu 100% Natural Recyclable Wall Sticker Hommu (55 €)

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

The green crib: Wallpaper and decals
Give a nursery or kids' room the 'cute treatment' while avoiding wallpaper and decorative wall decals made from or containing vinyl.