Mar 072012
argington baby crib for eco-friendly nursery furniturevia Argington

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

green paint on wall“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!)

greenguard label for interior air quality control for kids furnitureInstead of trusting advertising, look for the GreenGuard certification which means the product has met the most rigorous chemical emissions standards in the world.

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.

 eco friendly baby nursery with baby changing dresser from kalon studiosIoLine Dresser with GreenGuard certified finish and FSC hardwood via Kalon Studios
eco friendly table and bench from greenplay for kids play roomCaterpillar Activity Bench and Table via Greenplay uses no formaldehyde MDF with FSC certified wood veneer.
young america greenguard certified crib for baby nursery furnitureGreenGuard Certified crib via Young America
eco friendly kids room furniture with vermont wood studios dresserGentle, clear non-toxic finishes on hardwood via Vermont Wood Studios
baby nursery rocker with eco friendly rocking chair from duc ducEddy Rocker via duc duc nyc using hardood and non-toxic finishes.
eco friendly argington toddler bed for green kids roomNon-toxic, low VOC finish on the Petra Toddler Bed via Argington
eco friendly baby nursery with green crib from oeufWater-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:

  1. Organic vs. Sustainable vs. Green
  2. Eco Friendly Kids’ Room Fabrics
  3. “Green” Kids’ Room Furniture
  4. Eco Friendly Kids’ Room Finishes

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