You finally got a product that says it's safe! How do you know if that's really true? What is the current state of regulation and labeling in the synthetic products world?
Paint and coatings manufacturers are now making safer products than they did 10 years ago. However, be aware of labels that claim to have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs evaporate into the environment and cause photochemical smog which is why our government has created rules restricting the production and use of these chemicals. However, low or no VOCs should NOT be equated with health, safety or 'non-toxic'. Why not? Because VOCs are only part of the total number of chemicals in a can of paint or finish. Most paints and finishes contain other chemicals which are not classified as VOCs or have been de-regulated but they may still be harmful to your health.
This article discusses what some paint companies don't want you to know about their paint.
People have different tolerances to different chemicals. Although all our products can be used by most chemically sensitive individuals, it's important for you to test each product before using it. Testing can be quick and easy.
Below is an objective testing procedure we recommend for personal sensitivity to any new product. If you're working with a doctor or health professional, please consult with her/him on this process.
After more than 15 years of selling bamboo, we've learned that all bamboo flooring is not alike. Here's how to distinguish between high-quality, long-lasting, sustainable bamboo companies and the greenwashed imitations that are likely to warp, cup, crack or toxify your home.
There are six key features to look for in quality bamboo flooring.
Tired of the old oak floor or carpet in your living room and want something greener? Buying a new eco-friendly floor like bamboo or cork may seem like a good idea, but are they better than an old wood floor that's refinished? Are they any healthier for you and the planet? Do they help indoor air quality or reduce greenhouse gasses?
Green Building Supply is happy to announce the availability of Ecos paints — one of the world's safest best-performing paints with the most transparent credentials to prove it!
See ECOS products from Green Building Supply
Part 1: A shocking look at how chemicals are tested in the US
Part 2: Tips on how to choose safer products.
How to choose a contractor that won’t:
Invoking the Precautionary Principle with regard to Antimicrobials
Like many synthetic chemicals that promise something better, there is growing evidence that antimicrobial additives do not improve human health. They may also have a negative impact on our environment.