Eco Dollhouse Plays Out Big-Girl Dreams

So you’ve got a little girl. And you want to get her a dollhouse for her toys. What could be simpler, or more lovely (aside from, you know, the cost involved)? Sadly, what’s not so simple is what goes into making those cute little domiciles for your favorite gal’s little friends — plastic (often containing BPA), plywood (held together with VOC-laden adhesives), paints that off-gas, and/or ethically questionable wood. Ugg!

Fortunately, greener alternatives exist, among them this abso-freaking-lutely adorable dollhouse from from Hape (via EcoMom). Not only is this thing made with natural and sustainable materials such as birch plywood (non-VOC) and bamboo, it comes with (wait for it) a fully functional solar panel that runs the house’s LED lights. Talk about green living in action!

Hape Dollhouse

image via EcoMom

According to the product description, the dollhouse’s bamboo floor gives it “a distinguished and modern feel” — and you can further that modern feel by choosing from among various designer lines of (equally eco) furniture and decor for this dollhouse, room by room. (If you can’t afford the total green makeover for your own home, at least you can accomplish the deed in a scale model, right?)

image via EcoMom

Here’s some testimony from a member of the EcoMom team: “My 5 year old spends hours in her room playing with her dolls, creating worlds and complex relationships, cities and eras. A dollhouse is one of the greatest tools in imaginary play. The house is a canvas from which creativity and exploration grows. Unfortunately, the really ‘cute’ dollhouses are usually made of plastic. But now there’s a sustainable option…with working lights! Seriously, this is a magical addition to any imaginative girl or boy’s toys.”

The Hape Bamboo Solar Powered Dollhouse runs $229, while furniture sets will set you back around $40 per room. But really, what’s that compared to that new bamboo floor you’ve been wanting to put in? Live the dream, in miniature.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.