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Nontoxic Materials For Your Home

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So you're tired of hearing about how your home contains toxins. Maybe you want to do something about it. Or you'd like to at least learn more about some green alternatives.

"Cars, appliances and now entire homes have made the jump into the 'green' realm, and eco-living doesn't stop with solar panels, tankless water heaters and double-paned glass. Aesthetics are going green, too."

Bamboo can be turned into countertops, rugs, cabinets and butcher blocks. Concrete does not offgas because generally it doesn't contain toxins.

Cork contains no PVC or formaldehyde binders and is antimicrobial. LED lighting is energy efficient, and though bulbs are expensive, they last far longer than incandescent bulbs.

Nontoxic paint don't contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Natural plaster doesn't contain gypsum. Unpigmented plaster is available.

Reclaimed wood reuses old wood floors and beams, etc. Recovered wood makes use of trees that have already been cut down.

Recycled glass has been turned into countertops. Recycled aluminum has been turned into countertops and backsplashes as well as wall and floor tiles. Compressed blocks of recycled paper is also being turned into countertops.


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