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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

...natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In our natural wood finishes we use a...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...oil based varnish only comes in a glossy finish. Natural oils (linseed or tung oil) Natural oil finishes come from renewable resources, like flax seeds and tung tree nuts. Floor oils are not generally as durable as polyurethane finishes, but are much more natural looking as they age, and they are much easier to rep...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...oil sand extraction to find oil. We’ve picked all the low hanging fruit, and all that is left is getting increasingly expensive and causing more damage to extract. Why is natural gas so popular as a home heating source? Natural gas is ‘cleaner’ that coal or oil, and that ‘fact’ was enough to launch a very successfu...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...oil form. Recently a North American fuel company called Plastic2Oil, has developed a process that can consistently transform unsorted, unwashed waste plastic into ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel requiring no further refinement. Breaking down at various purities, this low-emission processing technique delivers pre...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...natural and renewable. The main ingredient is linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name. Linseed oil comes from flax seeds, an easily cultivated plant also used to make linen. Other ingredients include natural pigments, pine rosin, and wood flour, often made from sustainably harvested pine trees. This mix is heate...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...oil diffusers or make your own air spray with a 10 - 20 drops of essential oil diffused in a tablespoon of alcohol mixed into a cup of water. Read here about the impacts of natural fragrances on home air quality. 5.) Open your windows. Did you know that the inside of a home generally has three to four times the dange...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...oils over polyurethane, whether the floor is prefinished or not. Oil won’t add pollutants to your home and it will enhance the natural beauty of wood. Oiled floors are much easier to maintain because you can quickly swipe a bit of oil on heavy traffic areas. Polyurethane is by far the most common wood floor finish in...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...natural wood finishing oil to bring out colours. Reclaimed barn boards make an interesting wall finish that provides an alternative to drywall Tongue and Groove interior wood walls: Using T & G wood for finishing walls is a nice natural and light finish. Like barn boards, it can be oiled if you like to bring ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...natural non-toxic oil to seal it. Colours usually range from a very rich natural wood colour to a deep black. The final appearance is determined by the species of the wood, the extent of the burn and how vigorously it is brushed. The colour can be further manipulated by using stain instead of oil. Benefits: Durab...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...natural carbon-storage building materials that preserve natural resources and contribute to healthier indoor air quality in homes. Learn more about how hemp floor boards are produced in the video below. Now that you know about formaldehyde-free, zero VOC hemp flooring materials, you can learn more about gre...

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

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

...natural building products such as : Hemp insulation Natural Earth Paints Non-toxic natural finishing oil for wood that protect indoor air quality And to see more guide page in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings