Nameberry Style: Good-Looking and Green

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.

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Lola Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 7:46 am

Neat stuff! We have the Lunchskins, have since school started. Awesome. The dollhouse is fabulous, Josie’s birthday is coming, I think I’ve found her big present! Thanks Elisabeth, fantastic post!

Isabel Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 am

i love the lunchskins!!

Olivia Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 4:51 pm

The Lunchskins look fantastic! Do you know if you can get them in the UK? I’m loving the dolls house… and the Bamboo Greenhouse is pretty cool too.

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April 24th, 2011 at 8:44 am

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Nina Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:52 am

Such cool stuff! Love that the Green Toys truck is made of recycled milk jugs. And that dollhouse just might be irresistible — I want to play with it myself!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:52 am

Happy you love this week’s pics. Happy birthday to Miss Josie!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:54 am

Nina, the entire Green Toys line is made of milk jugs. It boggles the mind to think exactly how many they must have used already, and I can’t help but wonder, where do they find them all?

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 10:56 am

Oh, and one more thing. If you guys love that Plan Toys green dollhouse but don’t want to spend the “green”, check out the smaller Eco Home:

Nina Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

One would hope that the milk jugs are obtained at least indirectly from the emptied bins of faithful, energetic recyclers!

luckymomma Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

For those interested in Lunchskins, also try Tons of different styles there for reusable lunch bags. We love them! (And no, I’m not affiliated with any sellers.)

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