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Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...counters , not to mention children’s toys - despite being inedible, they usually end up in young mouths anyway. Non-toxic wood finishing oil can even be used on childrens toys © Livos Kunos is an impregnating wood oil that acts as a dye, sealant and finish; it bonds with the interior o...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...counters, a general price range and some of their characteristics. The costs we indicate below are in $CAD and reflect the fact that prices will vary by region, supplier and, of course, the size of your kitchen. If your kitchen is of a modest size, you will obviously fall on the lower range of all prices we list here. ...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...counters now and still get that last crucial LEED point. For more on how to build healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...counters Yeah, we know that’s a hard one to figure at first; paper is not something you think of when looking for durable kitchen counters, but it works. These counters are made of 100% recycled paper. The binding agents are completely GreenGuard certified and made with a cashew nut resin. The product is very durab...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...counters good? Laminate countertops were a long-time staple of residential kitchen & bathroom construction , but they started to fall off in popularity around the time rockstars stopped wearing spandex, which was somewhere in the 80s. A trend started at that time towards alternatives to laminate counters, such as til...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...counters from various post-consumer and post-industrial waste products such as glass, concrete, cellulose fibre and porcelain dust. They have now added aluminum from old planes to their list of raw materials. © Bio-Luminum CoveringsETC is now able to melt the reclaimed aluminum into blocks whi...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...counters, and untreated silk and hemp fabric was used for the curtains. The client was equally interested in environmentally responsible design. Achieving a healthy house for both client and environment meant extensive research into a wide range of products and locally produced materials suited to the climate. A gree...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...counters, read more) 3. Swimming pool 4. Vinyl siding 5. Homes with a workshop 6. Game room or hobby room 7. Whirlpool bathtub 8. Exterior stucco siding 9. Outdoor hot tub 10. Outdoor fireplace Make what you will of this list - we wouldn't recommend rushing to remove all the above, b...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...counters or clothes do get stained, try cleaning them with diluted oxygen colour-safe bleach. If you prefer your dyed eggs to have a sheen, wait until they dry completely and then apply vegetable oil. It would take some creative storing, but with enough forethought it would be feasible to use kitchen scraps for thi...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...counters or double vanities, but then we know that, don't we? The potential challenges a house may face will vary by climate, but the main concerns that could lead to increased damage to homes would be periods of extreme heat and humidity ; heavier rain fall and in a shorter amount of time ; heavier snow loads; high ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...counters that you're looking forward to owning in your new house can be one of the main sources of toxic formaldehyde and other red-listed chemicals in the home - unless that is you choose formaldehyde-free kitchen components - which of course EcoHome's Director Emmanuel did. Very durable natural stone environmenta...