I have tested all the brands (but one) on this list, from the totally 100% natural options to the “next best” options. Natural paints can perform as well as conventional paints if you use them for the right application. The reasons to go with a natural paint could include:
This article looks at safer solvents that can act as a substitute for toxic solvents like mineral spirits, turpentine, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, toluene, xylene, glycol ethers, and fluorinated or chlorinated organic solvents. This article provides a list of alternatives that are non-toxic or less toxic. Many of them are all-natural. But natural does not […]
It isn’t easy to find ready to assemble bathroom vanities made out of solid wood without formaldehyde-containing pressed wood products. The brands in this post use durable materials that are healthier – eliminating or minimizing formaldehyde offgassing. Using high-quality materials like solid wood results in a low-VOC end product. This is my priority list of […]
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 […]
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) […]