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Eco-Friendly Kids' Furniture

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Several people have recently asked me where they can find eco-friendly furniture for their kids’ rooms. There are tons of choices for cute eco-cribs and other baby items, but it takes a little more digging to find pieces that older children can grow with. Here are some great green options. (Click the link below the slideshow for buying info.)

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1 DwellStudio's Perch bunk bed is made of Baltic birch plywood and eco-MDF and finished with no VOC sealants.

2 Made from reclaimed Douglas fir, these Classic dressers from VivaTerra are also constructed in the U.S.

3 Emma Gardner's rugs are beautifully designed and handmade with natural fibers. Gardner is also a member of Goodweave USA, which certifies products as being constructed without the use of child labor.

4 The Henry arm chair from West Elm is made of FSC-certified wood and uses recycled carpet as upholstery and recycled water bottles as fill.

5 This recycled metal table could work as a nightstand.

6 The Herman Miller Sayl chair is both Greenguard Certified (meaning it doesn't emit toxic VOCs) and MBDC Silver Cradle to Cradle certified (93% recyclable at the end of its life).

1. Perch bunk bed, Oeuf
2. Classic dresser, VivaTerra
3. Rug, Emma Gardner
4. Henry arm chair, West Elm
5. Retro Industrial Storage Unit, VivaTerra
6. Herman Miller Sayl chair, Smart Furniture

If these prices are too steep, don’t despair. Another way to find environmentally friendly furniture options is by extending the life of previously used pieces. Keep your eyes open for garage sales or flea markets and check out Craigslist and Freecycle. Sometimes they can look good as new with some DIY furniture repairs.

Also try these tips for greening any bedroom space.

Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.

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