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Q&A: Creating an eco-friendly nursery?

I've always been very environmentally conscious, and I'm wondering how I can incorporate that into my nursery. Also, are there any materials I should look out for? I don't want to expose my baby to anything that's potentially dangerous.

Re: I've always been very environmentally conscious, and I'm wondering how I can incorporate that into my nursery. Also, are there any materials I should look out for? I don't want to expose my baby to anything that's potentially dangerous.

The Bump Expert

Yes, there are definitely ways to help both baby and the planet. Here are some ideas to get you started.

[  ] Instead of traditional wood flooring, go for bamboo or lyptus -- both are highly renewable resources. And, look for furnishing with a water-based aluminum oxide with no volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions.

[  ] Look over the ingredient label before you select a paint. If you see things like turpentine, formaldehyde, any animal products or VOCs, put back the can. Paints with all-natural ingredients like mineral pigments, plant oils, crushed limestone and milk are a better bet.

[  ] Avoid furniture made of plywood, particle boards and medium density fiberboard -- the glue in these often contain formaldehyde. The pieces will wear down faster, and then release chemical fumes.

[  ] Spring for a quality air purifier to deal with any pollutants. A freestanding humidifier with a HEPA filter is your best bet.

[  ] Find window treatments made of fabric. (Extra points for organic cotton!) Mini blinds, made of PVC, have been shown to give off gas when heated by the sun.

[  ] Reuse! Ask friends for their old baby gear, shop at secondhand stores, and check out recycling/sharing websites. (Our favorite is Zwaggle, where you can find used stuff and give away your own used gear -- no money required!) Just make sure any used gear is still in safe condition, and hasn't been recalled by the CPSC.

Do you have any earth-friendly nursery ideas? Share your suggestions!

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Creating an eco-friendly nursery?

I am using for years a lot of eco-friendly products and I consider them very important in order to create a healthy lifestyle.This is why some months ago when I was planing my baby's nursery design I decided to look for some eco-friendly products.I've bought a little bed made of recyclable wood which looks great.I've also payed for some eco friendly pest control services as I want to have everything clean when my baby will come home.

Roysandy |

Q&A: Creating an eco-friendly nursery?

Try not to let the toxic products like paint and detergents near places you know she might reach by accident. Also, my husband tried to install a thermal oxidizer, because it's so ecological. Basically, try to get a good air purifier.

CheyanneEdith |

Q&A: Creating an eco-friendly nursery?

My best friend is very environmentally conscious and decided to create an eco-friendly nursery only by using the best products available on the market. His wife came with the idea of installing Solar-Action solar panels and he agreed with that because their rates were affordable and the total price of installing them was within their budget.

amyabel68 |

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