Pyrethrin insecticide is a naturally occurring substance (derived from chrysanthemum flowers) that is a highly effective insect repellent and pesticide. Best of all, many consider it one of the safest pest control options available for people, pets, and the environment.
Whether you’re just looking to avoid annoying bug bites at your summer BBQs, or if you’re a full-fledged member of Hope Solo’s anti-Zika Virus crusade, you need an effective repellent for mosquitoes and other biting insects. Trouble is, while DEET is the top commercially available chemical repellent because it’s highly effective, it may also bring […]
All too often, hinges, doorknobs, drawer pulls, and other vintage hardware are caked with ugly layers of paint. But you can bring them back to life without a single toxic chemical – just throw them in your crock pot.
If you need to use disposable dinnerware for a party or BBQ, please skip the plastic and styrofoam. Leafware biodegradable plates and bowls are a stylish and environmentally friendly alternative, made entirely from natural palm leaves.
When it comes to creating an eco-friendly shower, most of us focus on a low-flow showerhead to reduce water use. But don’t forget the shower curtain. Cheap plastic shower curtains come from petroleum by-products, and they usually end up in landfills pretty quickly since they just don’t last. And worst of all, they can seriously […]
Homeowners love the warmth, comfort and quiet of carpeted floors. Unfortunately, traditional carpets can contain nasty chemicals like VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and their resource-intensive manufacturing process can be extremely wasteful. FLOR carpet tiles aim to change all that, offering high-performance flooring with an emphasis on sustainability all the way from its design to disposal.
Many people purify their drinking water, either with built-in under-sink filters or with pitchers in the refrigerator. But few homeowners think about filtering their shower water, even though contaminants can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled in steam. Luckily, a Vitamin C shower filter extremely effective and easy to use.
A high-quality polyurethane finish is the key to preserving wood furniture and floors. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based products (and even many water-based finishes) contain some pretty nasty chemicals. Produced in Vermont using whey protein from the dairy industry, PolyWhey is a natural, safe, and durable alternative to these toxic finishes.
Bioshield is a natural wood countertop finish perfect for butcher-block surfaces, as well as other types of wood and bamboo surfaces. Bioshield is made from various natural wood oils, and is safe to use on food preparation surfaces.
The kitchen is the heart of a modern home, so we’ve selected some of the best environmentally friendly kitchen- and food-related gift ideas. Read on for some holiday inspiration.
Ironically, some of the products commonly used to clean a home can actually introduce some pretty nasty chemicals. But good old fashioned steam cleaning can quickly remove dirt and grime, as well as sanitize surfaces – without a single toxic chemical. The Oreck Steam It is one of the most versatile and user-friendly options we’ve […]