Non-toxic finishes / Guides

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...non-toxic? In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled...

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

...Non-toxic deck finishing oil © Livos Now you know about natural, food-safe, non-toxic finishes for wood surfaces and furniture. Learn more about sustainable construction and how to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide and the following pages: Top ten tips for a longer las...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality all at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

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

...non-toxic liquid that turns to a solid instantly and does not evaporate like water-based finishes, so more than 99% of the applied layer remains, with only a minor amount of ozone released under UV curing. The curing process is somewhat like a high-powered tanning bed with mercury-based bulbs that emit UVA and UVB ligh...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...non-toxic paint, see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides on North America's favorite green building website - EcoHome.net... About the Author: Leah Fanning is a mother, artist and owner / founder of Natural Earth Paint , which sells natural earth pigments, non-toxic art supplies, eco-friendly craft kits, ...

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

Choosing safe paints

...Non-toxic floor finishes: A great substitute for varnish can be 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. ...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...finishes you intend to apply don't contain VOCs. Cost: Can be as little as $2 up to $12 per sq.ft. Non-toxic sealers for concrete floors Slate floors and counters: Slate bathroom counter and flooring © Ecohome Slate is a natural stone, extracted from what was the bottom of ancient oceans, and can comm...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...non-toxic paint , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality , and the Difference Between an HRV and an ERV to ensure proper home ventilation, all in the Ecohome Green Building website .

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?

...Non-Toxic Interior Finishes Brands : Columbia Forest Product, plywood Maxi Forest, natural wood planks Formica, laminate Clean indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond ...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...non-toxic building materials, and low or zero VOC paints and finishes . Avoid chemical cleaning agents; read here about how to clean a home using non-toxic safe cleaners . Avoid adding scents; read here about the impact of fragrances on indoor air quality . Have air-handling units regularly maintained, and keep y...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

1.) Leave cleaning solvents and bleach behind. The smell of disinfectants that we have been conditioned to think of as 'clean' are anything but. Along with being harmful to the environment in production and use, chemicals like chlorine bleach evaporate into the air in your home. Why not try the following non-toxic alt...