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Efficient Wall Design: Building In Energy Savings

by Benjamin Roman •

A wall is one of the most deceptively complex elements of a home. A smart wall system utilizing efficiently designed and produced components will not only reduce energy consumption, it will make living in a home more pleasant. And it will be durable enough to help avoid the hassle of frequent or costly repairs. Read on to learn about some …

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Freshaire Choice: A Zero-VOC Paint To Be Sold At Home Depot

by Justin Thomas •

Wow, this is a truly non-toxic paint, and it’s going to be sold exclusively at Home Depot. It’s called Freshaire Choice, and it’s a zero VOC paint. According to the EPA, the air inside a home is, on average, two-to-five-times more polluted than the air outside. Paint is a large contributing factor to poor indoor air quality and can emit …

A Paint Stripper Made From Corn

by Justin Thomas •

Conventional paint strippers are usually very toxic substances that you’d be better off not bringing into your home. But one company, Green Products, has created a bio-based paint stripper and solvent called aMAIZEing.

Eco-House: Non-Toxic Products for Artists

by Justin Thomas •

Eco-House makes a range of non-toxic products for painters. No longer will they have to suffer from inhaling dire substances! Eco-House offers solvents, thinners and finishes. They have a turpentine substitute which combines the solving action of orange peel oil with highly purified mineral oils. By contrast, petroleum-based solvents have toxic aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons, which also cause their obnoxious …

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SafeCoat: Non-Toxic Paint

by Justin Thomas •

Why does almost all of the paint sold in the U.S. contain toxic ingredients? Because chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetone) are cheap. The resources needed to study the long-term effects of the thousands of chemicals contained in paints, stains, and varnishes would be immense. The . Other non-toxic ingredient could be used — but they are slightly more expensive. …

Metaefficient Wood Stains

by Justin Thomas •

Napier Environmental is a company in British Columbia that sells non-toxic wood stains that replace the hazardous products widely used to treat wood today. An example of one of their products is Natural Desk Oil, a waterborne blend of natural oils designed to penetrate deep into wood, and protect it like the true oils found in wood. You can buy …

American Clay: Natural Earth Plasters

by Justin Thomas •

American Clay natural interior plasters resist mold growth, do not outgas, are easily repaired, and are available in twelve earth inspired colors. Here is an article explaining the advantages of earth plasters. Available from: American Clay

Eco-Effective: Mineral Silicate Paints

by Justin Thomas •

Mineral silicate paints are non-toxic, odorless, vapor-permeable, naturally resistant to fungi and algae, non-combustible, light-reflective, resistant to acid rain, and extremely durable.

Milk (Casein) Paint

by Justin Thomas •

This is the perfect paint for people who love the dappled, richly textured look of old plaster but find themselves surrounded instead by flat drywall. It is sold as a powder, made according to a recipe that’s been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians. As you need it, you mix it with water and ochres and oxides color …

Lime Paint

by Justin Thomas •

This paint is made from natural ingredients and does not contain acrylics or other plastics. The lime in it is slaked, meaning it cures by reacting with oxygen in the air. Other ingredients include a type of clay, marble dust, a natural glue and water. This paint works on all wall surfaces, from wood to drywall to masonry. It is …