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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...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...

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...

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...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...natural cleaner recipe or home detox tip to share, tell us about it in the comments below! Find out other ways to maintain healthy homes and safe indoor air quality such as choosing safe paints , how to make your own natural paint , non-toxic and natural wood finishing oil , living green walls in the Ecohome Green Bu...

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...

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

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...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

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

...natural stone, colours will vary by region and quarry. Also beware "cheap" laminated granite counters - they are much more prone to cracking and staining with red wine or hot oils. Quartz $2500-$6000 Similar in price and durability to granite, quartz is a manufactured product so there are more options than ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...natural floor oil instead. Protecting air quality during renovations: Cutting outside: Depending on the type of work you are doing, your builder may be reticent to make constant trips in and out, but both you and the builder will breathe easier indoors if cutting is done outdoors. Depressurize the work zone: Ther...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...oil, natural gas and propane, wood and other bio-fuels, then moving on to the various forms of renewable energy, each of which has a negative footprint of some kind. As an example - solar panels need to be fabricated using metal, plastics and certain rare earth metals that are in dwindling supply. Windmills have a si...