My kids have way too many Legos. I must say I’m proud of my color-coded system of organizing the Legos in bin and after bin, carefully tucked under my sons’ bed. (Click here and here for other great tips on organizing Legos.) But the eco part of me cringes at the excess. Soon after the castle or ship or car are dismantled, the pieces find their way under the bed and rarely come out again. I know I certainly haven’t seen anyone trying to rebuild the Hogwarts castle we tore down several months ago. I've often thought would be nice to breathe some new life into those piles of pieces.
Luckily, I recently stumbled onto Rebrickable, a site that allows you input the sets you own and suggests new creations you can build with the pieces you have. They also have a large database of “MOC’s” (My Own Creations) which you can also copy or add your own. It's like having new Lego set ready for building without having to purchase a thing! Sounds like a good plan for my kids and the environment.
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.