The Green Building industry is a very fast growing one, and there is an incredible amount of materials and products out there with various shades of green. We have selected 5 eco-friendly building products for DIY projects that you can do over the weekend around your home, based on their efficiency and/or aesthetics, and environmentally friendliness. Your home is only one step away from being greener!
1. SoyClean Penetrant & Lubricant
We all have squeaky hinges and other areas around the house that need a good greasing or protection from rust and corrosion. While WD-40 has been the preferred product for years, it does not qualify as an eco-friendly product: according to Wired, it is loaded with petroleum-based baby oil, different types of alkanes (also known as saturated hydrocarbons and made from natural gas and crude oil), and carbon dioxide. Instead, use eco-friendly alternatives such as SoyClean Penetrant & Lubricant. It is primarily derived from soy, as well as other citrus, vegetable and seed oils, contains no hazardous ingredients and is said to have more lubricity than WD-40. $7.99 for 22 0z. Buy it here.
2. Wallpaper GrassCloth Collection
If you want to give a room a unique and elegant finish, give your walls texture! This Grass Cloth wallpaper collection is made of plant fibers such as bamboo, jute, fine paper and silk weaves, (all rapidly renewable materials), and is handwoven and handstained. It can be installed on any type of wall surface, like any regular wallpaper. Make sure to use a non-toxic wallpaper paste, such as wheat paste, which you can make yourself as explained in this video. Prices range from $55 to $100 per single roll. Buy it here.
3. AFM Safecoat Multi-Purpose Caulking Compound
AFM is a well-known Green Building brand that truly has environmental protection at heart and that is trusted by professionals. This caulking compound is non-toxic (it does not contain formaldehyde), is water-based and is low VOCs. It can be used to replace putty in windows, seal cracks, fill holes and for general maintenance work. It is ready to use and requires 24 hours for full cure. $8.50 for a 10 oz tube. Buy it here.
4. Trend Q Floor & Wall Tiles
Trend Q is an engineered stone terrazzo tile that is industrially produced in large slabs for an even consistency. Originally invented by Venetian construction workers, terrazzo is a faux-marble flooring material. Made of weight glass, stone and 7% polyester resin, these Trend Q Floor and Wall glass tiles are very durable, shock-proof and surprisingly thin, and contain a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled content. Whether you need to revamp the look of your floor or walls, of a table or a counter, for indoors or outdoors, these stunning and very modern tiles can be combined to create different colors and designs. And, they are made in Florida. Buy it here.
5. Warmcel 100 Thermal Insulation
This is a ready-to-lay loose fill loft insulation made of 100% waste recycled newspaper and inorganic salts (to prevent fire). It does not contain any added formaldehyde and is free from CFCs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other toxic substances. Manufactured in the UK, over 1 million homes there have been happily insulated with Warmcel over the past 20 years. You typically use it in the attic, where it effectively insulates your house as well as create a good sound insulation. Not only is it a recycled material, but it is also recyclable at the end of a property's life cycle at the Excel manufacturing plant. Warmcel 100 is supplied exclusively through specialist building materials distributors, so it might be hard to find suppliers here in the United States but if you can't find a store near you that carries it, Excel Industries seem willing to export. An 8 kg bag currently costs around £8, so around $13. Click here to find out more.
Green Building materials and products have a direct positive effect on our environment, as well as on our health. Choosing them over conventional materials is a very eco-conscious gesture that will go a long way.
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