*UPDATED FOR THE 2011 HOLIDAY SEASON
Each year, as I update this green dollhouse guide and my ultimate green play kitchen guide I get tons of questions from readers surrounding materials used to make the products I share. Most readers say they want zero plywood and zero lead in products – even if the rest of the product is eco-friendly. Being that this is what readers are talking about, I made a guide about safety – how to choose a safe and eco-friendly play kitchen set or dollhouse that discusses these issues.
Secondly, this year, I’m attempting to post only ply-wood free dollhouses in this guide, or sets that use eco-ply. If it has any eco-ply though, I’ll point it out, as some people don’t like it. Lastly, if you really want a dollhouse that’s perfectly eco-friendly according to your standards, you may want to consider making one. Then you can include (or not) any materials you see fit. See DIY Eco-Dollhouses for ideas.
GREEN DOLLHOUSE SETS ARE A GOOD DEAL:
If an eco-friendly dollhouse is on your child’s wish list this holiday season, below are the best of the best green options.That said a good dollhouse can be costly. However, you do get what you pay for in terms of greenness and safety. Buying a green dollhouse can be a good deal if you get a quality made house and it’s usually more affordable if you get a set – such as a house with furniture, since dolls and furniture can be costly all on their own. It’s not a rule, but getting a whole set is often the better deal.
These Waldorf inspired dollhouses are just about the cutest dollhouses you’ve ever seen. Bonus, these dollhouses are very affordable for the quality involved. Learn more about this dollhouse above, and other Twig Studio creations in the link below.
The adorable Cherry Wood Dollhouse is eco-friendly, made by the ethical Camden Rose. I wrote a full review of this dollhouse earlier, so simply click the link below to learn more.
With prices ranging from super affordable ($52) to still pretty darn affordable ($239), PlanToys offers a dollhouse for just about every child and every family budget. I’ve done a little round up of all the best PlanToys dollhouses, simply click the link below to learn more.
Toideloi Stackhouse is made with plywood, but the house, designed by Dutch designer Martijn van Tilburg, is made from sustainable Eastern European birch plywood with a clear lacquer finish. As the pieces are made with birch, this dollhouse is lightweight and even young children can move and rearrange the rooms. All room pieces are spacious and can be rearranged to look like a condo, a skyscraper, a small fairy village or even a castle.
This inexpensive dollhouse is an adorable take on sustainable dollhouse life. Constructed out of recycled cardboard the home is fully recyclable at the end of its life. Plus, easy to assemble and disassemble and comes with a carrying case for portable fun.
Brinca Dada dollhouses are likely out of most green families price range, but being that they’re eco-friendly, I did want to let you know about them. See the link below for a full review.
The Casa mobile dollhouse is one of the more popular cardboard dollhouses and each design is bright and bold. The house is made from 100% biodegradable, recycled, 7mm thick, double wave cardboard, folds up flat, and is easily assembled to make a light, portable, and attractive dollhouse. The house comes with 8 rooms, an attic and spy holes, plus many various designer colors to choose from, as seen below.
This home is made from rubber wood and non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers and formaldehyde free glue. There’s an environmentally responsible theme represented throughout the house including a windmill, solar panels on roof, recycling bin and more. Packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper and best of all, this home comes with complete with room settings and family of dolls – so it’s a great deal.
Hape dollhouse has sustainable birch plywood, so if you don’t like eco-ply, avoid this one. It’s also made with bamboo and non-toxic finishes. This house boasts a unique bamboo floor and a fully functional solar panel that really powers the installed LED lights. Furniture and a doll family of five are included
This fully recyclable dollhouse is also totally foldable and completely flat in its package. No tools assembly and a waterproof coating make the home easy and sturdy. Made of reinforced cardboard recycleable material that’s free from hazardous substances. There’s also another Kroom Dollhouse available, which is a little smaller in size.