Natural wood finishes / Guides

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

...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 repair. Lacking the hardened coating of polyurethane, ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...wood finish, Shou sugi ban - modern black finish by Resawn Timber Co. We love the look of the Japanese carbonized wood finish, Shou sugi ban, but if this isn't entirely your cup of genmaicha, t ake a look at other Eco-friendly siding wood siding options , natural wood finishes , Passive Sola...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...Finishes can be applied before or after the ambering disappears. While floors made from the renewable woods cork and bamboo remain popular, it can be difficult to determine whether the wood is sustainably harvested. Also, some manufactures use adhesives containing chemical solvents to hold the layers of wood together...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood. Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. ...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...wood will probably become less noticeable, especially when building a certified Green Home with eco-friendly drywall. Reclaimed river wood installed on ceiling © Ecohome Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You need to prime and paint drywall but you do not need to do anything with wood. Some peopl...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable siding products. Small chips and sawdust can be steam pressed into a very close likeness of actual wood siding, including the addition of realistic looking 'grain'. ...

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

...wood lumber to the housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...wood veneer plywood © Columbia Forest Products Plywood Plywood is most commonly found as a 4 x 8' panel that is made from thin sheets of wood veneer that are bonded together using phenol formaldehyde glues, although certain manufacturers are leading the way with formaldehyde-free plywood products. Plywood is us...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...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 dangerous pollutants and small particles of the outside world. Building materials, finishes, carpets, furniture and computers can all off-gas in our homes for years . Let fresh a...

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

Choosing safe paints

...natural oils. Most products still contain some VOCs, but generally much less than varnish, and they can create a very durable and beatiful floor that can be much easier to maintain. Check out our page on eco-friendly floor finishes for more information. For more information on eco-friendly paints and wood finishes, s...