Green Building Products

Recycled Materials - Bottles

One of the major way we’ve impacted and keep on impacting the planet is building out.

In human history we’ve gone from huts to log buildings to brick houses, but we’ve always managed to build a space that just enough for the person/family to fulfill their need of roof over their heads. With the exception for the high royalty and wealthy few, all the living spaces were always small making impact on the planet minimal.

But, as the number of humans on Earth expanded with an incredible speed and the financial means become available to many, we began to build a lot and in bigger sizes.

When before, a family of 4 would live in a 2 bedroom house (often 1 bedroom) about 600 sq ft in size, today we have 2 people occupying  3 bedroom house of 1800 sq ft. And if the wasn’t enough, the trend of MacMansions pushed this trend to the top.

So, can we do? The number of population is not getting smaller any time soon, so we have to build to accommodate it.

New trends in living arrangements, such as tiny houses, moving back with parents, building smaller structures in the backyards, renting out garages and guest houses, building smaller properties all making a difference in our impact and our mindset when it comes to housing.

We can take it one step further by using green, recycled materials when building these structures thus reducing the number of additional trees being cut down, the pollution or trash produced by fabrication of building materials, transportation costs, etc.

To save you time, we did a research on top green building materials available and hope that you’ll consider them in your next project.

Made entirely from recycled materials

  • NewspaperWood – created by rolling up paper and solvent-free glue, it’s then sealed so it’s waterproof and flame-retardant
  • Nappy Roofing – created from nappies and sanitary products by extracting polymers and creating roofing tiles
  • Recy Blocks – made from old plastic bags that are heat molded and can be use to create non-load bearing divider walls
  • Plasphalt – made up of grains of plastic from unsorted plastic waste, used instead of sand and gravel that are usually used in asphalt production. It has shown to handle the weather better than traditional asphalt

Salvaged materials

  • Seattle
    • Second Use – great place to find anything from ducting fans to pedestal sinks to granite counter tops collected from constructions sites
    • Earthwise Architectural Salvage is a warehouse of salvaged goodies. They also accepts custom requests like stained glass, etc
    • Ballard Reuse culls reusable fixtures and raw materials from construction projects and resells them to the public in an effort to “keep them from landfill”
    • Urban Reclamations sources local recyclables and turns them into everything from boardroom tables to garden benches.
  • Los Angeles area
    • TRP – by de-constructing (instead of demolishing) a building, TRP is able to salvage up to 80 percent of the materials and channel them back into the marketplace through donations and sales at its network of retail outlets
    • Reclaimed Wood Products – Southern California’s largest selection of RECLAIMED LUMBER
    • Freeway Building Materials specializes in buying and selling building materials, fixtures and rare objects built before 1960
  • New York area
    • Big Reuse is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials
    • Demolition Depot is a source of vintage plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, shutters, railings, gates, grills, mantels, stone and terracotta pieces
  • Chicago area
    • The Rebuilding Exchange creates a market for reclaimed building materials by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through the retail warehouse
    • Urban Remains carries a little bit of everything–hardware, stonework, millwork, glass, lighting, and a large collection of vintage industrial and medical furniture

There are many more companies and materials than this that try to make the smallest impact on Earth and stop the materials entering the landfill.

So, next time you are build, be mindful of your impact and select the materials wisely.

Green Beauty Products

Burt's Bees Products
We’ve seen that one of the first times when people become interested in going green is when they stop and think of the products they want to put on their body: shampoos, make up, cremes, body wash, toothpaste.

Let admit it, even of someone convinces you that having poisons chemicals in your household cleaning supplies is ok, it will be pretty hard to believe that it’s ok to put any kind of harmful chemical onto your body.

As we learned from school, skin is the biggest organ we have and everything we put on it seeps through and into our blood stream. If you have a choice, why not use products that have only natural, good for your ingredients?

With everything that’s available online and in stores today there is no excuse to poison your body, no matter how wonderful the product claims to be.

We searched far and wide and here are the natural alternatives we’ve found to take care of your body.

Facial Care:

  • JuiceBeauty’s STEM CELLULAR Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask
  • JuiceBeauty’s GREEN APPLE Brightening Eye Cream
  • Alba Botanica GOOD & HEALTHY oil-free radiance cream
  • Alba Botanica GOOD & HEALTHY spots be gone corrector daily moisturizer
  • Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract
  • FYSIKO Eyelash Serum

Hair Care:

Body Care:

  • Alba Botanica HAWAIIAN COCKTAIL BODY WASH creamy piña colada
  • Juice Beauty GREEN APPLE Mousse Hand & Body Cleanser
  • Lavanila The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Vanilla Passion Fruit
  • Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash

Sun Protection:

  • Alba Botanica VERY EMOLLIENT SUNSCREEN active kids clear spray spf 50
  • Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
  • Lavanila The Healthy SunScreen Face Cream SPF 40
  • Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother

As you can see, there are plenty of offerings on the market for the products that are good for you, good for nature, smell amazingly and not to hard on your wallet.

Make a smart choice and next time you are shopping for personal care product, pick one of the eco-firnedly, green beauty products.

Green Household Cleaners

Seventh Generation Green Laundry Detergent
One of the tasks that everyone is faced with sooner or later is cleaning the house.

Often, cleaning bathroom and kitchen involves use of harsh chemicals. These harsh chemicals end up on your skin, get airated and make way into your lungs, may get into your eyes.

Even if you clean the surfaces after you use harsh chemicals, the residuals can make their way into your food.

Why put yourself in this danger, when there are green alternatives to these solutions?

Here are the alternatives we’ve located.

Dish washing solutions:

  • Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid – use it to wash dishes by hand
  • Seventh Generation Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs – use it to wash dishes in your dishwasher
  • Seventh Generation Natural Dishwasher Detergent Gel – use it to wash dishes in your dishwasher
  • Seventh Generation Rinse Aid
  • Ecover – Dishwashing Liquid, Grapefruit & Green Tea
  • Earth Friendly Products – Wave Auto Dishwasher Gel, Free & Clear
  • Nice! – Dishwasher Packs Single Dose Detergent

Bathroom cleaning solutions:

  • Seventh Generation Tub & Tile Natural Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Natural Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
  • biokleen Bac-Out Bathroom Cleaner, Lavender Lime
  • Eco-Me Phil Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Ecover Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Pine Fresh

Laundry solutions:

  • Seventh Generation Natural 4X Concentrated Laundry Detergent
  • biokleen Free & Clear Laundry Liquid
  • Planet Ultra Powdered Laundry Detergent, Hypo-Allergenic
  • Sun & Earth Laundry Detergent, Light Citrus
  • Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach, Free & Clear
  • Ecover Non-Chlorine Bleach Liquid
  • Nature Clean Oxygen Bleach
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner
  • biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus
  • GrabGreen Bleach Alternative Pods

Surface Cleaners:

  • Seventh Generation Glass & Surface Natural Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes
  • Citra-Solv Citra Clear Window & Glass Cleaner
  • Bon Ami Powder Cleanser
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner
  • biokleen All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate
  • Earth Friendly Products Orange Plus All Purpose Everyday Cleaner

And the list wouldn’t be complete if we haven’t mentioned cleaning solutions you can make yourself from natural ingredients.
Have these on hand at your house and you’ll be ready for anything.

Homemade cleaning

  • Vinegar – use to clean windows, brighten up laundry, freshen up your sink
  • Baking soda – use to clean surfaces in the bathroom, clean up tea and coffee stains, freshen up your disposer
  • Lemon – use to freshen up your disposer and trashcan, clean brass
  • Borax – use to boost your laundry cleaner, surface cleaning in the bathroom
  • Hydrogen peroxide – use to bleach and disinfect
  • Rubbing alcohol – use to get streak-free glass and mirrors, disinfect

Check out this article for a variety of home-made natural cleaning solutions.