The Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouse is handmade in England from willow, a material which is annually renewable, but also degrades over about 4-5 years. After the child is done with the playhouse, it can be recycled into your garden or used as kindling in a fire. The base is made of untreated pine. Available here.
I've heard of quilts made from old racing T-shirts, but this one is even more precious. Tender Threads takes your child's outgrown clothes and recycles them into a beautiful, handmade quilt. Craftsmanship and quality are very important to this company and they turn out a lovely, vintage-looking quilt. The quilts come back slightly smaller than a twin bed size, so they are more of a throw than a full bedspread. Prices run high - $950, but considering how much hand stitchwork and hours are involved...it's probably a bargain. As someone who can barely sew on a button, I am amazed!
Courtesy of Apartment Therapy, a simple homemade recipe for playdough. You know that means, right? The kids can eat it and you don't have to panic. Shoved in the nose? Still a problem.
Ingredients: 3 cups flour, sifted Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large pot until no lumps
remain. Whisk in the wet ingredients (except for the food coloring) and
stir until no lumps remain. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes until a dough
forms. Separate into several portions and add food coloring, kneading
until uniform in color. Store in airtight containers.
1 1/2 cup salt
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons oil
food coloring (they use gel)
3 cups flour, sifted
Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large pot until no lumps remain. Whisk in the wet ingredients (except for the food coloring) and stir until no lumps remain. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes until a dough forms. Separate into several portions and add food coloring, kneading until uniform in color. Store in airtight containers.
This adorable Owyn Toy Box/storage piece from ModernTots is made to order with easy-off lids and 2 different compartments for all your kid's stuff. Made from birch plywood with non-toxic paints and low-voc sealer.
A new water is about to come out soon from an LA-based company. Y Water is full of vitamins, organic, and all that good stuff. But the cool part of about all of this is the bottle. Usually water bottles get thrown away or recycled, but these get turned into blocks / toys. The website for Y water is really cool, too. My kid was on here for quite some time watching the running cheetah...
Found via DesignAddict
Architect Andrew Maynard has designed a structural plywood/alloy/recycled plastic $35 bike. "The OLC bike is a very simple, cheap, 'one size fits all' plywood
bicycle for the mass market. The materials are all cheap and easily
available and the materials are all recyclable or
recycled. OLC is quickly assembled through the use of CNC technology.
The majority of elements are glued rather than mechanically fixed,
providing the bike with incredible strength from modest materials." OLC is for 'one less car'.
I just know how many times my kid has left her (metal) bike outside in the rain, so I wonder if the plywood can take the elements. And will I get splinters? Regardless, an interesting and affordable take - I hope he gets that Ikea contract.
Cute organic onesies and T's from Orange Rhino Kids in Minneapolis.
Found another great San Diego-based site for acquiring terrariums: Tend Living. Or - you can get some inspiration for your own from these photos. Owner Britt Neubacher is in the bottom photo.
Show them there's a big world out there! The ferm (means "clever" in Danish) world map wall sticker from Design Public would look great in a bedroom or playroom. The link includes an instructional video of how to mount it onto your wall, too. $105.
This delightful store features handmade toys, clothing and accessories that are, "A breath of fresh air in a gadget-filled world." Fair Trade, Un-Leaded, and Safe.
Terrariums are a fun solution for bringing the outdoors inside during the cold months. They are extremely low maintenance, with certain enclosed styles
requiring only monthly maintenance. Green thumbs not required - a common piece of advice given to first time terrarium owners is
Terrariums can be made from an assortment of sizes and styles and can be set on top of tables, hung from ceilings or wall mounted.
For older kids, this would be a great hands-on learning experience
about sustainable energy. The kit comes with everything to construct a
house with solar panels, wind turbine, greenhouse, and desalination
system, and also includes parts for building other systems, such as an
electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, electric
motor, and sail car. Sold
by Gaiam for $175.
Shown below are some very stylish, 'green' items for your kids...
Onesies by Baby Greens Organics. Cute graphics and organic cotton; Recycled cashmere baby blankets by SunMoonLake. Barneys sells them, or you can get them through her Etsy shop; Kalon Studios bamboo baby furniture - 100% sustainable materials; Binth recycled paper matching game with updated, unique graphics and available at Rare Device; Salvor's super soft, organic cotton baby onesies with animal prints - available through Spunky Sprout.