Paints & Finishes

Safe, healthy and durable paints and surface finishes

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Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural finishing oil for floors, counters, furniture & decks - enrich wood surfaces safely, protect them from stains & water ingress. Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants…

Polished concrete floors and counters

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Non-toxic and durable finish for polished concrete floors, especially when using natural beeswax floor polishes for the Eco-friendly Green Building choice for finishing a concrete floor beautifully. Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it…

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil

How to find a healthier wood finish

A wood floor will need to be sealed and protected but many products have a detrimental effect on air quality as they still contain VOC's which are best avoided if possible. Is Polyurethane floor seal non-toxic? In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish, but the majority…

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore

Choosing safe paints

Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality. There is a current trend towards limiting the production of solvent-based 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…

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

Make an informed decision when picking kitchen counters - think about cost, but also durability, and how your choice of materials will affect your health. How to price a sustainable kitchen countertop? As a professional cabinetmaker, I have often been asked how much a kitchen costs. There is no accurate answer of…

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

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

Kitchen cabinets can off-gas formaldehyde and countless other chemicals for years after they have been installed. Here is a price comparison of some Green Kitchen cabinet choices for better indoor air quality (IAQ). Green kitchen cabinets - why does it matter? To improve the air quality of your home, that's why…

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

Kitchen counter alternatives to pressed wood: composite paper, aluminum, recycled porcelain, glass and quartz. Here is a look at their durability and cost. The most common kitchen counters you will find in homes are traditional laminate countertops. And they certainly live up to the adage ‘you get what you pay for’…

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks

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

Formaldehyde-free & Eco-friendly MDF alternative interior finishing wood products such as Rice Stalk MDF panels are coming to the USA & Canada. Zero VOC to improve the indoor air quality of homes and protect our health. Formaldehyde-free MDF made from rice - available at distributors in USA & Canada There is a…

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

Natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose (including grass based), wood fiber, straw and cotton act as carbon storage and reduce embodied energy and carbon footprint of homes & buildings. Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built…

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

At the end of last year when looking forward to 2020, being confined to home with no school for kids wasn't part of the plan - but making the best of this opportunity to pass on some life skills seems like a good idea. If you are home with your kids like us right now, then you can count yourselves among the lucky…

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

How to sort and dispose of household waste responsibly – food waste, paper, glass, paints, solvents, batteries, etc.… here is where to send stuff so it does the least harm. Curbside pickup of garbage, compost and recycling: To facilitate recycling and waste management, first determine just what services are…

Advice

Are there non-toxic and durable floor paints?

Posted by Afternoon Tea Feb. 23, 2022, 1 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

Can I use Brio on my indoor cedar porch floor?

Posted by Linda Burnside March 31, 2021, 4:37 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 2 Responses

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

How can I find a natural pool designer?

Posted by James Ford-Hutchinson Aug. 14, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 3 Responses

Do you install natural pools?

Posted by Eric Wilson April 24, 2020, 10:42 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?

Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Indoor natural pool - sustainable justifiable?

Posted by Julia Appelin July 14, 2021, 10:49 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 0 Responses