Toxins / Guides

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

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...toxins in a 1,500 sq. ft house. The EPA study was confirmed by many researchers including Michael Waring , Richard L. Corsi and Elliot Gall , who arrived at these conclusions after analysing 195 studies examining indoor plants and their ability to filter air, produce oxygen and remove toxins. They concluded that some...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...toxins off-gassing into your home after a fresh coat of latex paint (even low or zero VOC products) is applied. The odor is only noticeable for the first few days after the paint dries, but the toxins continue to off-gas for 3-5 years afterwards. According to the environmental standard Green Seal, only 50% of the VOC p...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...toxins into our homes either - contributing to better and healthier interior air quality - making it one of the most sensible, affordable and agreeable Eco-friendly flooring choices available. The Edelweiss House is a slab-on-grade concrete floor covered with 1/8 thick pre-finished cork tiles from Lusimat, installed ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...toxins like those leeched by plastic containers Dark tubes prevent algae growth Only requires water every week or two. Easy to hang in many different ways Easy to setup and start growing Sprouting your own seeds is virtually free To help make this a reality or simply get your hands on one, check out...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...toxins are used or produced during the manufacturing, and no off-gassing occurs in homes after installation. Besides using green ingredients, marmoleum is extremely healthy. It has unique antibacterial properties because the ongoing oxidation of the linseed oil naturally inhibits the growth of harmful micro-organisms...

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

Choosing safe paints

...toxins in the paint will continue to be released for years afterwards . According to the environmental standard Green Seal, “Paint emissions can continue for extended periods of time after application… (it is) estimated that less than 50% of the VOCs in latex paint (applied to a surface) are emitted in the first year...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...toxins as High Pressure Laminate (HPL) with melamine is by nature a synthetic process, so you can stop wearing out Google trying to find one. The best you will do is find some with much lower emissions than others and reduced toxicity. Is it a concrete countertop or laminate? If you have to ask the question, then t...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...toxins, and instead of replenishing aquifers with clean water, contaminated stormwater is directed towards sewers and waterways. There are many results that may come from this - waterways can be contaminated with road pollution and debris; ground water is depleted, and overburdened stormwater systems can lead to the ...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...toxins can easily be avoided with time spent on research and product selection. For more information, see our pages on interior air quality . Does it contain recycled content and is it recyclable at the end of its life: Purchasing products with recycled content saves natural resources. Purchasing products that ar...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...toxins, flame retardants build up in fatty tissue . Consequently, predators higher on the food chain can have dangerously high levels, which in some cases includes humans. Air and water currents moving north have led to alarmingly high levels of flame retardants in polar bears, as well as people living in northern comm...

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

...toxins, and my family won’t be exposed to the off-gassing that occurs with most other surface finishes as they cure.” Emmanuel goes on to explain how easy it is to work with. "Anyone can apply this themselves. Just sand the surface of the wood well before oiling it to allow the oil to penetrate more deeply. And as wi...