It’s hard to imagine a nursery without a leather rocker, woolen blankets or down pillows but the good news is that you don’t have to because there are plenty of vegan alternatives. Here are a few substitutions you can make in your baby’s vegan nursery:
Choose Vegan, Cruelty-Free Paints
We rarely associate paint with animal products but some paints contain milk casein, ox gall or beeswax. Some paints are even tested on animals. When choosing paint for your baby’s nursery, don’t assume that the “eco-friendly” label on the can means that it is cruelty-free or even vegan. Look for a cruelty-free vegan paint as this indicates that no animal products were used in the manufacturing process and that it was not tested on animals. Some of these paints also have zero or low emissions and are asthma and allergy-friendly.
Choose a Soy Fiber Comforter Instead of a Woolen Blanket
Soybean fiber is made from the hulls of soy beans and is often known as “vegan cashmere”. This eco-friendly fabric is free of petrochemicals and offers the comfort of cashmere, the softness of silk and the durability of cotton. Other vegan alternatives for wool include bamboo silk, organic cotton, hemp fabric and lyocell fabric that is made from wood pulp.
Use Kapok Instead of Down Pillows
Kapok is a cotton-like material that is produced by the Kapok tree. Kapok is sometimes referred to as silk cotton on account of its soft and fluffy texture. This is a 100% natural fiber that is non-toxic and chemical-free which makes it ideal for your baby’s pillow. Some of the other alternatives for down include soy-foam and buckwheat hulls. A baby pillow made from hypoallergenic cotton is also a good option since it is easily available.
Buy Chairs or Rockers Made with Faux Leather
The most commonly used material for synthetic leather is polyurethane which is a plastic-based material. However, this material is not the ideal choice due to the hazardous toxins that are released during the manufacturing process. Instead, you can choose from a variety of eco-friendly faux leather options that are made from materials such as cork or kelp. Pinatex has become a popular choice as it is a natural leather alternative that is made from cellulose fibres in pineapple leaves.