Nameberry Style: Good-Looking and Green

April 23, 2011 Pamela Redmond

Love style?  Of course you do.  That’s why you’re on Nameberry in the first place.  Now we’re moving beyond helping you find your style in baby names to looking at all things stylish in products for babies, kids, moms and dads.  Today the new Nameberry Style column, by Elisabeth Wilborn of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It “It,” turns its attention to baby products that are as green as they are good-looking.

Let’s face it: We all want eco friendly products for our children, but they’re not always that good looking. It’s just the truth. While at times beauty may need to take a back seat when it comes to saving the Earth, it doesn’t always have to. Lucky for us, companies are becoming more and more eco-conscious while preserving the integrity of design. Here are nine products that do just that.

All products left to right, top to bottom, in the picture below.

1) Now that you’ve chosen the perfect name for your newborn, the next step to making the perfect entrance? Reduce the number of diapers that go to the dump. These FuzziBunz (I know, they didn’t consult with me) diapers will take you from birth to 35 pounds.

2) Don‘t have the means to turn your home into a bastion of solar-paneled goodness just yet? At least we can teach the concept with this Green Dollhouse, courtesy of Plan Toys. Comes complete with wind turbine, electric inverter, rain barrel, and biofacade. Learn what all those things are yourself while you’re at it.

3) Try as they might, the dolls will still have to get rid of their recycling. This Green Toys truck, made entirely from milk jugs, practices what it preaches. The back door really works too.

4) Roll play with this Deep Into the Forest theatre from New York based company, Kid O. It functions as a depth perception game with backdrops for two seasons, and is made from sustainable German wood.

5) Lunchskins are a personal revelation in our household. No more plastic baggie madness to and from school.

6) Need to pack art supplies as well? The entire Clementine Art line is just lovely. These soy-based rock crayons in particular have captured my imagination, and are well suited to tiny fingers. Just make sure they don’t wind up in the mouth!

7) Bring the outdoors in with this bamboo Greenhouse from Hape.

8) When you’re finished gardening inside, take the children on a dig with their very own gardening tools.

9) Now that they’ve planted a garden, created a crayon masterpiece, and put on a show, your child deserves a little break, don’t you think? The Wishbone balance bike is made from post-consumer waste and responsibly harvested wood. It minimizes the number of vehicles you need with multiple configurations for an extended life. They’re guaranteed to love it.

So what are you waiting for? Get out from behind your computer and enjoy nature! Happy Earth Day.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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