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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...ate groundwater. As for ‘Low VOC’ paints that can be found at your local hardware store, you might notice that they still smell toxic and can still give you headaches. And for what reason? I’ve learned that that can mean they are reduced by as little as 25% in VOCs. Low VOC paints may have reduced amounts of volatile...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...atural cleaner recipe or home detox tip to share, tell us about it in the comments below! Find out other ways to maintain healthy homes and safe indoor air quality such as choosing safe paints , how to make your own natural paint , non-toxic and natural wood finishing oil , living green walls in the Ecohome Green Bui...

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

Choosing safe paints is entirely zero VOC in their AURA® WATERBORNE range. Also note that when building a home, rather than creating a need for paint in the first place, it might be preferable to choose wood for ceilings rather than drywall . Milk Paint: Milk paint emits no fumes and is completely safe for children, pregnant women a...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...aterials that aren’t usually available at the average big box store. Buying materials yourself is an option, but general contractors will often have preferential rates due to continuing relationships with suppliers. It is not unusual that they will include a small mark up; knowing what that will be is a discussion wo...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...Home Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? See the PowerPo...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...home delivery. Edible house plants & herbs that grow at home Houseplants are a beautiful addition to any home, their green abundance is great to look at, so why not add some herbs? People often ask which houseplants improve the quality of air in homes ; well at least with herbs in the kitchen they release appetizin...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...ation of safe or dangerous levels of radon gas in a home. For example, below are official maps of the high-risk radon gas areas in the USA and Canada. EPA map of areas in the US at high risk of radon contamination in homes by State. Health Canada map of areas of Canada at high risk of radon contamination in h...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality, at 30 ppb (parts per billion) children’s lung capacity will be affected, and homes showing formaldehyde rates of between 60 and 120ppb had higher rates of bronchitis and asthma among children. At around 100ppb most adults will begin to notice throat irritations. New homes will often measure as much as 300ppb or...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide Smart homes and home automation are becoming common terms and are a growing trend in green home construction for reasons of safety, energy-efficiency and convenience , but the capability of opening doors remotely does raise legitimate concerns for homeowners. Smart locks are as solid and safe as standard deadbo...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online home in small spaces . It's probably a safe assumption to say that all of us have at least one window in our home where at least one small container with a seed in it could grow into something we could eat! Learn about composting kitchen waste - because that goes hand-in-hand with food productiion. The food waste ...

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?

...atory’ and is only an inspection verification stamp and is not an indication of a specific treatment, so it is safe to use. How to identify toxic shipping pallets as unsafe for re-use The following classifications of shipping pallet shouldn't be reused as there's a high probability that the lovely natural wood th...