Optimal: European Toys

This post has been updated and expanded here: Classic European Toys. Toys that are well-designed and made with renewable materials are optimal. European toys often fit this description. This durable block set, for example, is made in Germany by Haba using solid, natural, untreated beech wood that is harvested from sustainable forests. Toys like this are known for their longevity …

Low Raffia Chair by Horchow

This low-profile chair is made of renewable materials like raffia and wicker. It’s priced at $349.90 plus $86 shipping (currently on backorder). Available from Horchow.

“Full Circle” EcoResins

Some interesting elements of nature are incorporated into this new line of “ecoresins” from 3Form. Called Full Circle, the designers utilize renewable materials collected from artisans in diverse communities such as Inodnesia and Africa. I’d be great if they could make Ecoresins more eco-effective — its currenly a polyester resin which incoporates a 40% post-industrial recycled content. Perhaps 100% recycled …

Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase

A good place to find corner bookcases is Amazon. Ikea uses renewable materials to make their Billy Corner Bookcases: Renewable raw material (chips). Renewable raw material (wood fibers). The product is tested for formaldehyde according to European standard. Possible to separate for material or energy recovery. Available from Ikea: Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase ($80).