The question of what sustainable and eco-friendly doll houses are (and toys, for that matter), is not something that could be answered in one paragraph.
So much is racing through my mind right now on this topic, that I need to organize it all in a new blog post and just brainstorm about it while we move on 🙂
That, and a large cup of coffee to get the writing going, so let’s dive straight into things 😉
What Would I Personally Consider “Eco-friendly”?
Now, I haven’t studied environmental studies at a university, obviously, so this is just what it is: a personal opinion ànd a few years of experience with the topic.
A long and personal story short: I and my partner have built a strawbale house 15 years ago, and thus tried to work with as many “ecological” and local materials as possible.
This also meant that not only we have used strawbales from local farmers, but tried to work with wood that came from “ecologically responsible-cut trees”.
Even the clay to cover the strawbales was from local ground and to top it off: the paint that we used was eco-friendly.
But, you are not here to read this story (I could go on for hours lol), so which points would I consider to be eco-friendly for dollhouses? A few points:
- I would consider wooden dollhouses to be eco-friendly, as long as they are either reused, upcycled, or bought and made from local companies in your country or even your neighbors’ country.
- Following this reasoning, I would consider laser-cut dollhouse kits to be in the same category, as the laser-cutting machines can work in a very precise way (not too much waste) and usually àre made by (small) local companies.
- Remodeling/upcycling old dollhouses or ones that are found in the trash.
I very often hear stories about people finding old dollhouses beside the roads, ready to be taken to the waste container.
And they often still create fantastic-looking dollhouses from what other people throw away!
- Dollhouses made from cardboard: yes, an obvious one, no? 😉 Or why not from a mix of cardboard and even paper?
- Another thing to mention about wooden and lasercut dollhouses (or kits), is that they usually are not painted or the paint used is very scarce and most of all: they are non-toxic and child-friendly.
- eco-friendly toys should avoid the following chemicals: Pesticides, VOCs, phthalates, lead or other heavy metals, PVC, Formaldehyde, and bisphenols
Well, I think that’s basically it, let’s show a few examples of sustainable and eco-friendly doll houses!
Let’s show a list of our favorite eco-friendly dollhouses.
1. A Dream house made from cardboard and corrugated paper.
This cutest little dream house is made from corrugated paper and cardboard only!
You need to self-assemble it and color it with crayons, paints, or felt-tip pens and stickers.
2. Eco-Toys And Dollhouses from Plantoys
What can I say about this brand other than I LOVE it! It made me realise that I defenitely need to write an expanded blog post on this compagny, because there’s lot’s to talk about on the eco-friendly part of things.
Because Plantoys is taking the term sustainable toys to a higher level (for many reasons) and I’m planning a separete and expanded review post on them soon!
But for now, I just wanted to mention them in this post:
3. A “Climate change Pledge-friendly” dollhouse for todlers.
This little dollhouse for todlers called “All seasons” is from the brand called “Hape” and gets mostly 5 star reviews on Amazon, which means that it is a fantastic product for several reasons!
It comes fully furnished and painted, has movable stairs, and is sturdy. Also, it has 6 rooms and a “reversible season change” theme, which I find a quite original idea!
4. Masalinka’s non-toxic toys for kids.
Time for some more handmade and unique toys and dollhouses, but still as eco-friendly and non-toxic as always.
Masalinka store has natural, eco-friendly, and non-toxic toys for children and some splendid dollhouses. Click on the link below to take a look!
5. Another wooden dollhouse for toddlers by “Hey! Play!”
I think that there is only 1 little wooden dollhouse from this small store, but it sure looks cute!
(wooden) miniature furniture accessories and dolls are included in this 2 floors dollhouse.
6. The Fold and Go little dollhouse from Melissa and Doug.
Here’s another brand of wooden dollhouses that I find absolutely adorable.
This dollhouse is even foldable and so your kid can take it with you anywhere on vacation or while staying over at a friend’s house.
Not only is it foldable, but it contains 11 pieces of wooden miniature furniture and 2 play figures. Go check it out below!
7. The Wooden Dollhouse kits from Allwoodenbiz
This store from Ukraine is still selling (yes!) the most amazing wooden dollhouse kits.
And amazing they are! They are 100% handmade from natural pine wood and the furniture sets are made of four types of wood: ash wood, pine wood, beech wood, and elements of redwood.
These are suitable for Sylvanian-type toys, Barbies, Amigurumi, etc.
Polished and coated with beeswax to protect the wood from moisture and dust.
8. A dollhouse made from 100% recycled plastics!
A special kind of dollhouse, this one! As I have never seen a plastic dollhouse that is made from recycled plastic, have you?
It would be wonderful if every toy or object in this world would be made from recycled materials, but I think I might be daydreaming 😉
This dollhouse is from a company called “Green Toys” and has No BPA, phthalates, or PVC and is dishwasher safe.
9. Dollhouse Lasercut files for your laser cutting machine.
These would only apply to people who own a laser cutting machine, of course, but these two dollhouses based on these files, I think are something special indeed!
A little side note:
Is laser cutting more eco-friendly than manufactured? In my opinion, that would be true, as I read that it uses less energy than an air conditioning unit or a fan heater.
While I wrote and researched this a little, this actually brought up the idea to write a separate blog post on this topic, aarrggh so much to do haha!
Anyway, check out the 2 laser-cut files for these dollhouses below:
My Final Conclusion.
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on sustainable and eco-friendly doll houses.
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I wish you happy crafting!