Natural wood oil / Guides

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...wood flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manufacturer. Alternatively, we would recommend using a natural floor oil instead. Protecting air quality during renovations: Cutting outside: Depending on...

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...oil, vitamin E oil, or jojoba oil to coffee grounds and rub it over your skin while in the shower – with the water temporarily turned off. Coffee grounds can also be mixed with a small amount of honey and used as an exfoliating lip scrub. Ooh la la. What’s more, the caffeine in coffee grounds has potent antioxidant p...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...wood that might otherwise have ended up in landfills. Cons: Many contain formaldehyde and other chemicals; they don't age particularly well. New solid wood doors Pros: There is no glue, they're sustainable, durable and natural. They can be finished naturally with oils or paints. Cons : They are more expensive t...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

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

...wood like maple for example, though any wood will show scratches and wear over time. These counters will periodically need to be re-sealed for protection; be sure to use a non-toxic food-safe oil. Beeswax is another nice natural option. Concrete $3000-$6000 Concrete $3000 - $6000 to have it done professiona...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...wood grained melamine to match the wood doors is not at all uncommon. Wood doors: We will be working in this example with maple 'Shaker' style five-piece doors with a flat plywood centre. This is by far the most popular and affordable wood door style. The five pieces are the two rails (horizontal), two stiles (vertic...

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...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...natural oils. Unfortunately, this tiny amount ( between 2 and 4%) of GMO soy or plant based oil is dwarfed by the toxic soup of other ingredients in SPF wood. But it only takes adding 2% of something non-toxic to justify basing 100% of the marketing around it so people think their homes are insulated with something a...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fi...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fini...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...natural resource management, we don’t have any more time to waste. Any solution needs to be scalable, and EPS foam insulation may well be such a solution if we continue to work to reduce its climate impact. In conclusion – this is in no way a recommendation for you to choose foam insulation products over bio-based na...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...oils are similar to those found in other fragrances. Each essential oil product tested contained at least one substance that is classified as toxic. For pure essential oils, previous studies (eg Chiu et al., 2009) demonstrated that VOCs such as benzene and toluene were released when oils were heated to 40°C. In regar...