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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 ...

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

Choosing safe paints

...safe alternative, which isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, if people walk out of the store with low VOC paint thinking they have a non-toxic product, and consequently don’t bother taking safety precautions, it can be more dangerous. Low VOC can mean as little as 25%, or maybe 50%, reduced. That’s a ‘ healthy altern...

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

...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 lasting deck here Natural, food safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big b...

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

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

...safe levels for Radon Gas levels in homes - regardless which State or Province looks generally bad on a map. Radon can occur anywhere, and any increased level in a home brings with it increased health risks, full stop. What are safe Radon levels in a house? It would be irresponsible to call anything a ‘safe level o...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...safety manuals as long as 84 pages and multiple hazard data sheets about how to protect yourself against adverse health effects from the chemicals in their "green" spray foam products, we think that’s a good reason to be concerned. Compare that 84-page safety manual to a natural wood finishing oil who’s health instruct...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'storage' solution depending on how your regional power supplier rewards you for your contribution, but that does nothing for you in the face of power outages. Prior to Aquion's saltwater battery, the op...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

I’m writing this during a heat wave in June, 2021, as much of the US and Canada seem poised to experience yet another record-breaking hot summer. Those who are not climate geeks might ask if this warmer-than-average weather is caused by climate change. In fact, weather is not climate. Weather is what happens day-to-...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...safe flying days. While most of us might be fine riding in rusty old cars, few of us would climb into a rusty old aircraft. The military obviously has the same concerns, so aside from the occasional heritage restoration project, old aircraft are grounded. The alloys used to make aircraft aluminum strong renders it ...

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 , and learn about other health issues such as Microplastics in drinking water , in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...safety of our own homes and backyards. Here are a few activities to learn yourself, or to pass on to kids – Learn how to grow vegetables in a shady corner of the garden that would otherwise probably sit there doing nothing useful. And for those in apartments and condos without yards, learn how to grow food at home in...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...safe? Radon gas is a by-product of decomposing uranium in rocks and soil , and homes in all regions across North America are at risk because there is always some amount in the rocks and soil on which houses are built. Choosing a basement instead of a slab-on-grade foundation can also lead to the increased possibility...