Earth Day is the perfect time to rethink the products we use for ourselves and our children. If you’re looking for more eco-friendly options for toys, home goods, cleaning products, clothes, diapers and more, you’ll find them here. Read on for mom-approved picks that are kind to Mother Earth.
Terrifically Earth-Friendly Toys
Wild Republic's Ecokins line is adorable wildlife stuffies that not only help foster a love of the environment but help the earth too! They are made from 16 recycled water bottles and use biodegradable packaging.
While all Hape toys are made from natural materials like wood, some go the extra mile for the earth and utilize sustainable bamboo and plastics derived from sugarcane. Their Nature Detective set encourages tots to get out and examine nature in their backyards and surrounding areas.
Miniland makes eco-friendly toys like their popular Eco Beams Building Set (above) that is made from earth-friendly materials and also very durable. Building beams are a great way to teach toddlers about basic engineering concepts. Eco chains and eco nuts & bolts are also available.
Green Sprouts encourages parents to get outside with their kids and promotes natural parenting. Their toys are made from sustainable materials including plants and organic cotton. Even their stains are water-based. Chose from adorable, colorful toys like boats and rattles. Green Sprouts even labels all of their toys with easy-to-read symbols that let you know exactly what is (and isn't) in each one.
Montessori toys encourage kids' development, and Monti Kids makes Montessori toys that are good for the earth too. These toys are made using only sustainably forested wood and come in 100% recyclable packaging. Even better, Monti Kids sells age-appropriate sets based on age for under $100 so shipping is kept to a minimum. Through Monti Kids' Giving Program, outgrown toys are sent to families in need using a pre-paid shipping label.
Just for Mama
Moms who crave a little self-care and pampering built into their day can take care of themselves and the environment at the same time with these products. Broken Top Candle Company makes sustainable, eco-conscious candles, lotion, soaps roll-on scents and linen spray. Even better, all products are available in floral, fresh, woodsy and seasonal scents so every mom can chose whichever scent she finds most relaxing.
There is also an eco-friendly way for busy moms to stay fresh. Native makes plastic-free deodorants made from earth-friendly ingredients like baking soda, tapioca starch and shea butter. Plastic-free products are shipped in recyclable mailers, and Native donates 1% of plastic-free sales to causes that help protect the environment.
Get home goods that are sustainable and last. Join the charcuterie craze guilt-free by getting a Left Coast Original charcuterie board made from sustainable architectural bamboo. It can be personalized with your name, making it a great gift idea. Flip it over and use it as a cutting board to reduce the amount of things you own, which is better for the Earth and helps tackle clutter!
A Pure Playmat
Wander & Roam playmats are made from non-toxic, eco-friendly materials that are also hypoallergenic. This combination of good for the earth and good for babies makes this a playmat you can feel great about keeping in the playroom or anywhere else your little one might need a softer surface. Bonus: Designs blend in well with adult-themed decor, and these mats roll up for easy storage.
Kind Laundry detergent sheets are better for the earth and better for people, especially babies with sensitive skin. Kind detergent is delivered through earth-friendly, biodegradable laundry sheets that help reduce transportation fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 94% compared with heavy, liquid detergent. These sheets come in a small cardboard box that is recyclable, which is much better for the earth than plastic jugs. Kind is made from plant-based ingredients free from dyes and scents, meaning less pollution and less skin irritation, so it's a win-win.
For dishwashing and hand washing, Cleancult is an eco-safe option made with natural, biodegradable ingredients that come in recyclable packaging. Use Cleancut's shatter-proof, reusable glass bottles for refills. Eco-friendly doesn't have to be boring. Choose from punchy scents like grapefruit, lavender and sage and dispensers that coordinate with your home decor. Formulas that are safer for the environment are safer for your family too.
For washing hands, Zum soaps don't just smell divine but they are made from organic, eco-friendly ingredients like sunflower, grapeseed, jojoba, olive and coconut. The company's baby line comes in relaxing lavender to help everyone stay calm and get some sleep.
Having a baby usually means cleaning a lot of baby bottles. That can mean going through a lot of baby bottle cleaners. Noble Newborn bottle brushes use antibacterial bristles to help keep your bottle brushes sanitary. The brush heads use significantly less plastic than the competition. Noble Newborns also partners with Plastic Bank, a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping ocean plastic while improving the lives of those who help collect it.
Sustainable Sandals & Shoes
Parents already know that Keen Footwear makes the best durable and washable sandals, but they may not know that they are made sustainably every step of the way. Waterproof sandals and shoes are now made using nontoxic materials that are just as effective, yet safe and eco-friendly. They also use eco-friendly leathers and eco-friendly probiotics to discourage foot odor instead of the commonly used pesticides that pollute waterways.
Eco-Friendly Baby Wraps
Beluga Baby wraps aren't just stylish, they are made from sustainable bamboo. Besides being good for the environment, Beluga Baby's breathable bamboo fabric prevents overheating and is extremely versatile.
Refreshed Gear & Toys
Recycling gear and toys is great for the environment:
Colugo makes great strollers and carriers. They also keep perfectly good gear out of landfills by selling items, through their Refreshed collection, that are just like new (or pretty close to it) for less money. Plus, Colugo strollers come with tons of accessories to cut down on packaging and shipping.
Ergobaby recently launched Everlove by Ergobaby, a program that gives used carriers new life and conserves resources. Ergobaby buys back carriers and then inspects, repairs and deep-cleans them before reselling the carriers to new families.
Zuru Bunch o' Balloons are great for decorating for birthday parties and having epic water-balloon fights. Now you can use these products guilt-free with their recycling program, which lets you ship the balloons, ribbons, stems and packaging back free of charge to be recycled.
WonderSip solves the problem of finding a decent replacement for plastic straws. They come in a variety of heights and widths so parents and toddlers can all find a straw that works for them. WonderSip straws snap open for easy cleaning and come in a pouch great for throwing into a diaper bag.
Junes started with a simple idea: Save more plastic bags from being wasted by creating a reusable one people want to carry. And make them cute, foldable, and affordable. Junes made intentional choices with sourcing, manufacturing, packaging and shipping to reduce the supply chain distance and carbon footprint, and created a recycling program to keep old reusable bags out of the landfill. These bags are perfect for bringing to the playground or beach since the mesh design allows crumbs, dirt and sand to sift out naturally. The design also means that it's easy to stay organized because you can see what's in them. Bonus: Junes works with an all-female sewing co-op in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to provide a sustainable income for women along the shared border. And a portion of every purchase is donated to help empower and protect women from brutality through the Global Fund for Women.
One of the best things about babies is all the snuggling! Get cozy with a blanket that is good for the earth and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Simply Organic Bamboo crafts buttery-soft blankets from 100% viscose from organically grown bamboo that is certified to be free from harmful chemicals. Bonus: This lightweight throw blanket is perfect for any season.
Earth-Friendly Summer Gear
Snapper Rock swimwear wants to be sure kids can enjoy the Earth's beautiful beaches and oceans for generations to come. The brand's sustainable swimwear collection uses recycled materials to turn recycled nylon from discarded fishing nets into swimsuits, rash tops, bikinis, baby swim sets and hats. They also use use a yarn created from discarded plastic bottles to make men's and boy's boardshorts and swimwear lining.
Nomadix makes beach towels, picnic blankets, changing ponchos and more using post-consumer recycled materials like plastic bottles. Plus, the fibers Nomadix uses are designed to dry quickly and resist bacteria that cause towel funk, so you can wash less and save precious water. Nomadix is also committed to responsible manufacturing practices, avoiding harmful dyes that waste and pollute our water to protect the Earth!
Eco-Friendly Kids Clothes
Kids can start softening their impact on the earth early on by wearing eco-friendly clothing. Kyte BABY clothing is made out of super-soft, sustainable bamboo. Bamboo is 3 degrees cooler than cotton, while also being hypoallergenic. The fabric promotes the smart use of resources and sustainability because bamboo does not need pesticides or heavy machinery to grow, and it grows more quickly than cotton. Bonus: Kyte BABY also makes eco-friendly adult loungewear and blankets!
Another eco-friendly option is Lark Adventurewear, made from 60% cotton/40% bamboo fabric (Oeko-tex 100 Certified), and each item is made in the United States. The soft material is super breathable, offers UV 50 protection and comes in adorable patterns and prints for babies through six-year-olds. There are even pajamas! Bonus: Most styles are gender-neutral so they make great hand-me-downs for any eco-conscious family.
Mori makes soft, organic pajamas, towels, nursery linens, swaddle blankets and more out of organic, sustainably sourced fabrics that are manufactured in trusted factories. They also make an adorable family collection so brothers and sisters (up to age six) can coordinate with parents. Bonus: Mori has special themed lines for holidays including Valentine's Day and Christmas.
Cubcoats aren't just adorable sweatshirts—they transform into stuffies. Kids are delighted when their stuffed dinosaur turns into a dino sweatshirt (or Marvel superhero, or panda or unicorn). Because Cubcoats are meant to cuddle, they are made from non-allergenic materials that are good for the earth too. Cubcoats places an emphasis on respect for the environment throughout their manufacturing process.
Natural Baby Care
Niki’s Natural Wipes are made from organic ingredients with an ethically sourced cloth that is eco-friendly. Bonus: These wipes are great for sensitive skin and are Australian-certified as non-toxic and allergy-safe.
Nature's Baby has been making hypoallergenic, green, gluten-free, and cruelty-free baby products for years. They recently took their eco-friendly commitment one step farther with the release of aluminum packaging options for seven of their best-selling products, including baby-friendly shampoos, conditioners, washes, lotions and detanglers. That means you can do good for the earth every time you give your baby a bath!
Dyper makes eco-friendly diapers that are better for baby (made from bamboo & chemical-free), better for the planet (compostable, unheard of!), and better for parents (convenient and budget-friendly, only $68 per monthly subscription!). DYPER also purchases carbon offsets with each monthly order and will even send you a certificate to show how your Dyper usage is supporting reforestation.
Recycled Paper Products
Rethink your toilet paper, paper towels and tissues to ensure you leave your baby a better earth. Who Gives a Crap makes these everyday products from recycled materials, bamboo and sugarcane. Who Gives a Crap uses carbon-neutral shipping and donates 50% of profits to build toilets for those in need. With new kids come greatly increased paper towel usage, and potty training greatly increases household TP usage. This is an easy way to ease your growing family's carbon footprint. Bonus: Who Gives a Crap offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not happy with the products.
Stroll in Earth-Friendly Style
The fabrics in Joolz strollers are made from sustainable, recycled plastics, and the packaging is made to be reused to create birdhouses, forts and nursery decor. Joolz is headquartered in a sustainably renovated Dutch factory that is powered by energy-neutral sources. Bonus: Joolz plants a tree for every stroller sold.
Ahimsa makes gorgeous, iridescent rainbow dishes for kids. Their stainless steel is 100% metal and free from toxic chemicals found in plastic like melamine, bisphenol and phthalates. Ashima also uses eco-friendly packaging & processes. Bonus: Each purchase helps food-insecure children. Plus, since stainless steel is unlikely to break, these dishes will last a long time so they help you reduce your need to buy more dishes as your little one grows.
Better for the Earth Diaper Bags
Paperclip diaper bags are roomy and stylish with an ingenious built-in changing station. They're also made with recycled plastics pulled from oceans, waterways, fields and beaches.
—Jamie Davis Smith