It’s no secret that kids go through mountains of products. From baby gear to toys to consumables, all that stuff uses resources to produce, and then takes up landfill space when its useful life is over. Luckily, there are plenty of ecofriendly options that mitigate this effect. And these days, ecofriendly does not mean austere. Plenty of toys, furniture and accessories now exist that are easier on the earth and serious fun, too. And as with any product, better quality usually means a longer life. For staying power, skip the dirt-cheap stuff that breaks immediately and check out some high-quality options like these:

It’s no secret that kids go through mountains of products. From baby gear to toys to consumables, all that stuff uses resources to produce, and then takes up landfill space when its useful life is over. Luckily, there are plenty of ecofriendly options that mitigate this effect. And these days, ecofriendly does not mean austere. Plenty of toys, furniture and accessories now exist that are easier on the earth and serious fun, too. And as with any product, better quality usually means a longer life. For staying power, skip the dirt-cheap stuff that breaks immediately and check out some high-quality options like these:


This environmentally friendly dish set from Green Toys is made from 100 percent recycled plastic, and it’s perfect for sparking all kinds of pretend play.


http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/green_toys/green_toys_dish_set.cfm?source=google_base&utm_source=google_base&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=cse_August&gclid=COfCquS-66oCFcPBKgodpDAyQQ


Help a kid recycle a can into a real, working robot! This fun kit comes with everything she needs except for an aluminum can and batteries.


http://www.gifts.com/search/product/Green-Science-Tin-Can-Robot-Kit?prodID=371931


Sprig Toys makes fun vehicles, figures and more like this cool Dolphin Explorer Boat. Committed to making toys “the right way,” Sprig makes products that are battery-free, eco-friendly, paint-free and “kid-powered” to encourage imagination. http://www.sprigtoys.com/products/adventure_series/dolphin.php


These stylish bunk beds from Oeuf furniture are green all the way from their composition and manufacture to their recycled packaging.


http://www.oeufnyc.com/perchcollection.aspx


The Melville Chair is versatile, fun, nontoxic, and made in the U.S.A. Kids can use this as a chair, step stool, or impromptu table. It comes in your choice of cartoony animal designs.


http://shop.hatchedeggrs.com/collections/melville-chairs


Wildlife Recycled Tire Swings are pretty awesome. Made from used (and thoroughly cleaned) tires, these swings come in a variety of exotic animal and motorcycle shapes. They come in two sizes accommodating up to 200 pounds, so adults could join in the fun.


http://www.inventiveparent.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key=OUTDWLSR#thumb


Tired of the waste birthday parties generate? Try the beautiful, reusable party hats at Green Party goods, which come in a variety of adorable themes.


http://www.greenpartygoods.com/decorations-party-hats-c-3_49.html


Bean Products makes an earth friendly Comfy Bean chair in your choice of Cotton, Velour, Faux Fur or Hemp, with a washable cover and optional embroidered personalization.


http://www.beanproducts.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_Code=7CBCSMCO&Category_Code=