Safe paints / Guides

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

Choosing safe paints

...paints, replacing them with solvent-free or water-based paints. The move towards safe paint has led to a noticeable improvement in indoor air quality since the mid-seventies, and better even in the last decade. But paints based on petrochemical solvents still represent over half the paints on the market. Using natura...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...paints may have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning they don't off-gas as much as traditional paints, but it's important to remember that when it says "low" it's only in comparison to some other paints. There's are no standards that define what "low" means, so the labels are arbitrary, at best, and m...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...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 Building Guide pages

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...safe paints , where to buy natural paints , green kitchen renovations and interior air quality in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

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?

...safe for use, as food spills can lead to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if a pallet is wise to reclaim ...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...safer alternatives on the market now than the toxic paints we used to apply to our walls. For more information see our pages on safer paints , or you could even make your own DIY safe no VOC natural paint with our guide here . Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is one of the more commonly found contaminants in homes, and is...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...safe to breathe, Livos products are suitable for everyone, but of particular value in the homes of pregnant women, young children and newborns, and anyone with respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities . Their Kunos oil is also approved for contact with food, so it is a great choice for sealing cutting boards or but...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a home built to last spreads its ecological footprint over a longer period of time U - User friendly - a building must be affordable to own, operate and maintain R - Resilient - designing to withstand the normal and extreme stresses a building will face in its lifetime...

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

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...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 your HRV operating clean and efficiently . Test s...

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...safely: Batteries are harmless looking in appearance and obviously safe to touch when they haven’t leaked, but their components are considered hazardous household waste. The heavy metals they contain are corrosive and can contaminate soil and water if they are sent to a landfill. Lithium Ion batteries from cellphon...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...paints and adhesives. Following that are the perfumes and other chemicals found in detergents, bleaches and cleaners. So how do we cope with this toxic soup? Sometimes we add more chemicals, as if that somehow cleans the air. What is an ambient fragrance? We've all seen the commercials for magical little 'air fresh...