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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?

Another big one they forgot to mention is the crib mattress. Most mattresses are made with harmful chemicals. Go for a foam or organic mattress. They are really not much more expensive (the one we found is organic soy foam at Costco for around $99).

skyler.kayla |

Q&A: Creating an eco-friendly nursery?

Buy less!! Organic cotton onesies are still wasteful if you have three dozen of them. Get creative and use stuff you already own. You can get along just fine without lots of "must-haves" and every item you don't buy is one more thing that didn't have to be produced in a factory, packaged in plastic, and shipped halfway across the globe.

cupcake1028 |