Non-toxic / Guides

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...non-toxic methods. The environmental impact of keeping a lawn green has therefore been proven to be significant. So, if you aren’t making a putting green in your backyard, and you want to keep a Green Home that can be enjoyed by everyone, do you really need absolute perfection for your lawn, or should you consider so...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside, is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, (note to self - walk don't crawl). I’m not a huge fan of hard concrete floors, so if it were me I would choose...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...non-toxic material; raw wood and concrete are equally benign, so this could be a good start to creating a healthy home. To read about choosing the right insulation , or natural insulation such as Hemp , how wood structures compare to steel & concrete for carbon footprint, or learn about Passive House prefab kit homes...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Green Building Guide Pages here .

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...non-toxic paints to protect indoor air quality. What do International pallet stamps look like? We were curious to find out what all those stamps on pallets meant, so here goes... This is the information on an IPPC stamped pallet which help to identify which should be safe and which are toxic There are tw...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...non-toxic alternatives to many of the products we allow into our homes, that will facilitate much cleaner indoor air, and improved health. It's very difficult in the modern age to create a home free of contaminants while keeping the amenities we are accustomed too, but look at it as a cumulative effect. You will be exp...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...non-toxic building materials to protect air quality . Buy pre-finished 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. P...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...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: Durable and l...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...non-toxic, recycled and generally local. It’s great for attics, you can blow it to whatever depth you want (with proper ventilation) and there are no seams to allow heat loss. It’s also an excellent choice for insulation packed into walls because it allows little air infiltration and it’s fire and insect resistant. ...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...non-toxic home cleaning products , I decided to give wash balls a try. “Laundry wash balls wash clothes well and save money” – do they? The brand I purchased (which shall remain nameless) promises first of all, laundry cleaned without harsh detergents and perfumes, but also great savings on what you normally spend ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...non-toxic building materials The LEED for homes program is a point-driven green home rating system with many performance categories , so not only is the S1600 stylish, well designed and energy-efficient as standard, it also offers an extremely healthy indoor environment filled with non-toxic, sustainable and natural ...