Greener Consumption: The just-for-kids edition

Sure, kids need lots of stuff, but that doesn’t have to be a reason to compromise your environmental values. From back-to-school shopping to playtime, we’ve found a whole range of products that keep your kids green.

A toy that grows with them: Like the Orbea Grow bike that we featured several weeks ago, the Weerol is a toy designed to “grow” with your child. This wooden design can be reconfigured in at least three different fun — and age-appropriate — ways. (via Inhabitots)

A bike for every child: What would it take to build a bike that children even in the poorest countries could afford? How about cardboard? Israeli designer Izhar Gafni has created a fully functional and very durable bike that includes cardboard in its $9 worth of materials.

Durable playthings for active kids: After watching a kitchen set he’d bought for his 3-year-old daughter fall apart, Noah Ventola founded Ultimate Kids!, which sells wooden play tables and bird houses (to get kids outside) that he builds himself… and that actually last! (via Durham-Middlefield, Connecticut Patch)

Back to school with a lighter footprint, part 1: It’s time to shop for school supplies, and the Honest Company has pulled together a list of 20 greener options. From bamboo dry-erase boards to staplers that require no metal staples to reusable lunch bags, there are lots of choices here.

Back to school with a lighter footprint, part 2: Of course, shopping for supplies isn’t the only part of the whole back-to-school routine that has an environmental impact (or a hefty price tag!). Living Green Magazine is offering advice on everything from the “new” wardrobe to getting kids to school.

Want to get the kids outside more?: A digital camera might do the trick. Environmental education graduate student Seth Spencer found that encouraging fourth graders to get outside with a camera influenced their “connectedness with nature.”

Non-toxic furniture for the nursery: Nobody wants to expose their kids to toxins. New Parent takes a look at Oeuf children’s furnishings, which are made from wood and treated with non-toxic, water-based finishes.

Got insight into products we missed here? Don’t keep it to yourself — share with us in the comments.


Photo credit:
Screen capture from Weerol Kickstarter video