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FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...products are easily identifiable by carrying one of the following logos, which are a checkmark combined with a silhouette of a tree. There are three FSC certifications for wood products: FSC 100% - This label uses products that are made from 100% virgin material sourced from FSC certified forests. FSC Mix - Thi...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...products are fetching impressive prices, if for no other reason than to give the homeowner a reason to tell a story. A quick internet search should tell you if any of the options listed above are available near you. We hope that our pages on wood will help you make informed decisions so you can get the types of produ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...products available. All that said, don't pitch out your old Fleetwood Mac vinyl albums. You should be protecting those from children and UV rays already.

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...products online, we stumbled across the following useful hack - Amazon has prioritized certain products Amazon is the worlds biggest online retailer, unless you just crawled out of your Y2K meltdown bunker, I figure you know that, right? Anyhow - to try to keep essential products in stock, and to get them to thos...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

It's always a bit sad to watch an old and seemingly healthy tree come down. But if it must, it's great to do something useful with it. This 110 year old pine tree in Chelsea, Quebec that was looming over two homes started to show signs of rot. With a new building project slated to go right underneath it, it was time t...

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

The BRE Innovation Park (Building Research Establishment) that lies 15km north of Toronto will soon build a new series of houses in which emerging building products and technologies can be researched and enhanced. The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortrigh...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...products we'd like to share - the Aqua-Protec® for preventing sewage backups, and the NOWA® that stops leaks from appliances. These are both automated systems with their own battery backups, so they continue to operate in the event of a power failure. © Inflotrolix 1. A fully automatic sewer b...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...Products (see more) , who were one of the first investors in this project, to become the exclusive sales agent for these panels in Canada. Columbia Forest Products is the leading manufacturer of formaldehyde-free plywood and composite wood products in North America, and they already offer a wide range of eco-friendly, ...

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

...products for construction also make use of short pieces of wood that might otherwise be heading for a landfill, so as soon as you need something larger than 2x8", opt for engineered wood products whenever possible as they are also usually more stable in the long term. In many cases, the added cost you may incur from ...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...products, both residential and industrial. After a year of construction and setting up manufacturing equipment, the company began operations in March 2018. This fall, locally harvested hemp will provide 75% of the raw material required for production. "25% of our hemp still comes from France," says Sébastien Belec, G...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...products will have different impacts on your home air quality and the planet. Like paints, floor finishes will contain varying levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or if you're a really shrewd shopper, none at all - see here for an article on zero VOC paint and the difference to low VOC paints . While the sme...