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custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...non-toxic Green kitchen renovation featured in this article was made with 'regular' solid maple and standard white melamine for the interiors of the cabinet boxes, but all wood components are finished with water-based lacquer. Green kitchen cabinet components of this build include: 2 lower end units with 30’ angl...

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

Choosing safe paints

...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 alternative’ the same way that low-tar cigarettes are. So yes, they are 'healthier', but still dangerous. Zero VOC paints are commonly av...

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

...Non-toxic deck finishing oil © Livos Now you know about natural, food-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 las...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...non-toxic? In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled...

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

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

...non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality all at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...non-toxic and hypoallergenic And to have more fun with anologies…a box of crackers can be left unsealed on the counter in a desert climate like California, but in a humid climate like Florida for example, un unsealed box of 'crackers’ will turn into ‘benders’ due to the humidity, as they will soon match the rigidit...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...non-toxic liquid that turns to a solid instantly and does not evaporate like water-based finishes, so more than 99% of the applied layer remains, with only a minor amount of ozone released under UV curing. The curing process is somewhat like a high-powered tanning bed with mercury-based bulbs that emit UVA and UVB ligh...

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

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

...Non-toxic natural finishing oil for wood that protect indoor air quality And to see more guide page in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...non-toxic and low in VOCs; they also carry GreenGuard Gold & UL181 certifications. As the air pressure carries particles towards any breach in the building envelope, they begin to adhere to the sides of that opening, gradually sealing the hole. An air seal is thereby created around any openings and cracks in ceilings...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floo...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...non-toxic paint, see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides on North America's favorite green building website - About the Author: Leah Fanning is a mother, artist and owner / founder of Natural Earth Paint , which sells natural earth pigments, non-toxic art supplies, eco-friendly craft kits, ...