Chemical sensitivities / Guides

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...chemicals in homes that indoor air quality is often up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and this is part of why there is such a rise in chemical sensitivities as well as a spike in Asthma rates in children . There have been many attempts to fabricate eco-friendly alternatives to MDF made with natural materi...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...chemical sensitivities . Their Kunos oil is also approved for contact with food, so it is a great choice for sealing cutting boards or butcher-block counters , not to mention children’s toys - despite being inedible, they usually end up in young mouths anyway. Non-toxic wood finishing oil can ev...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have a l...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...chemical sensitivities. It’s usually a bit cheaper than zero VOC paint and offers a more rustic look than conventional paint. Milk paint is most commonly available in a powdered form and needs to be mixed with water. There’s a little more work involved as the paint needs to be stirred for several minutes, strained, a...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...chemical sensitivities, and natural building materials can help alleviate that . Formaldehyde and other chemicals are commonly used in the manufacturing of building products, that adds to global air pollution as well as contaminating indoor air quality as these chemicals off gas into the air in your home. Choosing natu...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...chemical sensitivities, read more here. Kitchen and bathroom: the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, as well as all storage units are also made with the same non-toxic plywood panels. This make them much more durable than the standard melamine cabinets that are usually installed, so they are easier to maintain and can be...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...chemicals from manufactured wood products, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in finishes, paints and adhesives. Following that are the perfumes and other chemicals found in detergents, bleaches and cleaners. So how do we cope with this toxic soup? Sometimes we add more chemicals, as if that somehow cleans the...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...chemicals released are extremely dangerous if inhaled. When vinyl first entered our lives as a building material, it was a dream come true in terms of versatility and affordability. Back then the extent of the dangers of this material wasn't really known, but even now that it is, given the risks it still doesn't rece...