Building An Eco-Friendly Nursery You’re Sure To Love
With the rise in popularity of eco-friendly living, it should come as no surprise that earth-conscious nurseries are sliding into the mainstream. In fact, even famed monarchs Prince Harry and Megan Markle have opted for an eco-haven for their little prince.
If you’re preparing to bring home a little one and hoping to follow suit, we applaud you! After all, the choices you make now will help to shape the world your little royal grows up in.
What follows is your essential guide to creating an earth-conscious nursery your whole family will love.
Must-Haves For An Eco-Friendly Nursery
The easiest way to avoid unnecessary waste is to simply bring new life to older pieces! This will reduce the demand for cheaply made, resource-intensive products, while diverting items that might otherwise end up in a landfill.
From unused dressers, to the latest thrift store find, to your great-aunt’s rocking chair, you might be surprised what you fall in love with.
Simply dust them off or, if you’re all about the colors, brighten them up with non-toxic paint — more on that below.
Picking the color to paint the nursery is such a fun decision! Will you go with the classic pink or blue? Will you branch out to yellow or — if you really want to make an eco-friendly statement — green?
The problem with conventional paint is that it isn’t always sustainable and can be filled with questionable ingredients.
Look for paints that contain little or no VOC — or volatile organic compounds. This will be gentler on your little one and on the planet. Natural paints made out of clay, plant pigments, or soy are also great options.
Bibs, Burp Cloths & Swaddles
When it comes to the soft stuff in your baby’s nursery — bibs, burp cloths, swaddles, and more — it’s becoming easier every day to find sustainably made options.
Look for cloth that is made from 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo. This will ensure that the fabrics will be made without polluting chemicals and will have a smaller environmental footprint than conventional alternatives.
As a bonus, many brands that commit to organic fabrics also value eco-friendly and ethical production.
Biodegradable Or Cloth Diapers
Did you know that diapers are one of the top three sources of household waste? That’s a whole lot of mess for one tiny individual!
Clearly, the most obvious solution to this is cloth diapers — but not everyone’s quite there yet. For those that aren’t, there are a number of other earth-conscious options to consider.
Look for biodegradable diapers when shopping for your baby’s nursery. Rather than sitting for years in a landfill — yuck — these products will break down naturally.
As a bonus, most of these diapers will be free of dyes, chlorine, fragrances, and other chemicals. Better for baby and the environment!
The Crib And Mattress
The crib is arguably the most important part of the nursery — and it can feel easy to let the (seemingly infinite) options overwhelm you, but don’t worry. It’s easier than you might think to find an eco-friendly crib.
Wooden, sustainably made cribs and bassinets can be found firsthand from many environmentally conscious baby brands.
If the hassle of buying a new eco-friendly crib isn’t for you, finding one at your local thrift store is a surefire way to ensure that your baby’s nursery will have a comparatively low impact.
When scouting out the perfect mattress, look for one made from certified 100 percent cotton. (Yes, they do make waterproof organic mattresses. Whew!)
No nursery is complete without toys to help your baby grow and learn! And, luckily, there are now more options for more sustainably made baby toys than ever.
Many brands now cater to the eco-conscious family and with so many options, you’ll be sure to find that perfect treasure your little one will love for years to come.
While you’re building your eco-friendly nursery, even the smallest of steps can lead a cleaner world for your baby. With so many different ways to protect the planet, you’re guaranteed to find everything you need to create the perfect home for your newest addition.
What do you have in your eco-friendly nursery? Let us know in the comments below!