25/07/2009 17:06 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

How To Create A Baby-Friendly Eco Nursery

Planning a new nursery? Chances are you'll want to make sure it's as baby-friendly as possible. Nowadays that means making sure it's environmentally-friendly too.

For most new parents, a new baby is an opportunity to really think about the products we put close to our precious new offspring. It's also a time for renewed passion for the environment, as we seek to preserve the planet as best we can for our children's future. Nursery paraphernalia is a great place to start.

A quick bullet-point list of baby and eco-friendly options for the nursery would include:

  • Non-toxic paint, not just for walls but furniture too
  • FSC-certified wooden furniture
  • Fairtrade organic cotton clothing, bedding and towels
  • Bamboo products
  • Toys and soft furnishings made from recycled materials
  • Hand-me-down equipment
  • Recycled fibre carpet
  • Re-usable or biodegradable nappies
  • "No nasties" toiletries

The good news is that several of the best quality small brands and talented young designers have (organic) cottoned on to the demand for natural nursery products and are producing some very stylish and desirable stuff. is featuring a whole Family Special right now, showcasing the very best eco-friendly items. If you want to find out more about an eco nursery specifically read "Create the perfect eco-friendly nursery".