Babies and kids are the most vulnerable for adverse reactions to toxins in the environment….including toxins emitted from furniture in their rooms. Why? They take in more air in proportion to their body weight, potentially harming developing nervous and immune systems.
Learning this, parents have begun requesting green kids’ room furniture.Toxin free, eco-friendly or “green” kids furniture is more available now than ever before, but to avoid being “greenwashed”, here are a few things you should know.
How to Know It’s Safe
“Greenwash” began as manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and began touting their products were “green”, without proof! Some claims had hidden trade-offs or were vague, irrelevant, or exaggerated. (Ok, they flat out lied!)
What to Watch For
Hardwood is the best material for kids’ furniture. It is stronger and will last longer. Also if it has the FSC stamp, you know responsible forestry practices are being met, making the furniture eco-friendly.
MDF is an engineered wood product formed when wood fibers are compressed under high pressure, bound together with resins. Formaldehyde is most commonly used in MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and is highly toxic. So, if you select a composite material, make sure it is formaldehyde free.
Finishes are another source of toxins emitting VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Water-based stains, paints, and solvents that are low or no-VOC should only be used.
Who Can You Trust?
I love manufacturers who have a conscience and provide quality furniture with kids’ health in mind. Check out a few of my favorites.IoLine Dresser with GreenGuard certified finish and FSC hardwood via Kalon Studios Caterpillar Activity Bench and Table via Greenplay uses no formaldehyde MDF with FSC certified wood veneer. GreenGuard Certified crib via Young America Gentle, clear non-toxic finishes on hardwood via Vermont Wood Studios Eddy Rocker via duc duc nyc using hardood and non-toxic finishes. Non-toxic, low VOC finish on the Petra Toddler Bed via Argington Water-based finish on the Robin Crib made of sustainable wood via Oeuf
What I really like is the awesome design of the furniture lines shown! “Green” kids furniture doesn’t have to look rough-hewn and rustic to be Eco-friendly.
The Series: Green, Organic Kids’ Rooms includes:
- Organic vs. Sustainable vs. Green
- Eco Friendly Kids’ Room Fabrics
- “Green” Kids’ Room Furniture
- Eco Friendly Kids’ Room Finishes
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