For safe, non-toxic carpet, both natural and synthetic fiber options can be a healthy choice. The post outlines my top picks in the zero and low-VOC categories for residential and commercial use. This includes a look at the carpet fiber, backing, products used during installation, and padding (underlay). Even folks who are chemically sensitive can […]
Which Paints are Truly Safe? There is a myriad of paints claiming to be green, natural, or zero-VOC, but most don’t list their ingredients, others list the main components, while some only list what has to be legally disclosed on a safety data sheet (SDS). This article investigates past the marketing jargon to compare all […]
1. Spray Foam My number one priority of materials to avoid is two-part spray foam, this could be referred to as polyurethane or “soy foam”. (“Soy foam” is still polyurethane). Sometimes they try to obscure what it is by not mentioning it’s a polyurethane, by only mentioning the soy, castor or other oil component. All […]
When I set out to write about eco-friendly wallpaper I thought this would be a pretty straightforward exercise of looking at the VOC levels of the inks. It turned out that newer wallpaper materials are far more complex and contain a lot more chemical additives than just paper and ink. When The Ecology Center last did a […]
Non-toxic, 0 VOC paints and sealers: natural oil finishes, wood stains, mineral paints, interior and exterior paints, stone sealers and sealers that block VOCs. All green, healthy and safe for the chemically sensitive.
This post will go through the techniques used to help promote offgassing of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a new car. That “new car smell” is made up of VOCs and we can speed up their release or mitigate them with a number of hacks. Not all toxins in new vehicles are gasses (VOCs) […]
This is a post is about sealants for light-colored marble, light granites, limestone, and other light-colored cool-tone stones. The sealers are intended for food-contact areas like countertops, stone serving boards, and stone bowels, as well as areas like stone tile backsplashes. My post on all-natural oil-based sealers for stones focuses on walnut oil (and other […]