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Widely Available Low-VOC Paints

by nicholas •

At Metaefficient, we try to only feature products that are toxin-free. Take interior paint, for example — how can a paint be considered “efficient” if it leaks toxic substances into your home for months or even years? According to the EPA, VOC-laden paint is a primary contributor to unhealthy indoor air, and it can significant impact your health. As anyone …

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Efficient Wall Design: Building In Energy Savings

by Benjamin Roman •

A wall is one of the most deceptively complex elements of a home. A smart wall system utilizing efficiently designed and produced components will not only reduce energy consumption, it will make living in a home more pleasant. And it will be durable enough to help avoid the hassle of frequent or costly repairs. Read on to learn about some …

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Freshaire Choice: A Zero-VOC Paint To Be Sold At Home Depot

by Justin Thomas •

Wow, this is a truly non-toxic paint, and it’s going to be sold exclusively at Home Depot. It’s called Freshaire Choice, and it’s a zero VOC paint. According to the EPA, the air inside a home is, on average, two-to-five-times more polluted than the air outside. Paint is a large contributing factor to poor indoor air quality and can emit …

A Paint Stripper Made From Corn

by Justin Thomas •

Conventional paint strippers are usually very toxic substances that you’d be better off not bringing into your home. But one company, Green Products, has created a bio-based paint stripper and solvent called aMAIZEing.

Eco-House: Non-Toxic Products for Artists

by Justin Thomas •

Eco-House makes a range of non-toxic products for painters. No longer will they have to suffer from inhaling dire substances! Eco-House offers solvents, thinners and finishes. They have a turpentine substitute which combines the solving action of orange peel oil with highly purified mineral oils. By contrast, petroleum-based solvents have toxic aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons, which also cause their obnoxious …

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SafeCoat: Non-Toxic Paint

by Justin Thomas •

Why does almost all of the paint sold in the U.S. contain toxic ingredients? Because chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetone) are cheap. The resources needed to study the long-term effects of the thousands of chemicals contained in paints, stains, and varnishes would be immense. The . Other non-toxic ingredient could be used — but they are slightly more expensive. …

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Agalia: Plant-Based Paints

by Justin Thomas •

Agalia Paints are plant-based paints produced by the Germany company Beeck’sche Farbwerke. All Agalia products are 100% natural. They are made with unique combinations of plant oil and minerals. Here is a full list of ingredients (PDF file) used in their paints. They also produce wood finishes called Aquasol. The finishes are an alternative to solvent-based products. These natural oil …

Metaefficient Wood Stains

by Justin Thomas •

Napier Environmental is a company in British Columbia that sells non-toxic wood stains that replace the hazardous products widely used to treat wood today. An example of one of their products is Natural Desk Oil, a waterborne blend of natural oils designed to penetrate deep into wood, and protect it like the true oils found in wood. You can buy …

American Clay: Natural Earth Plasters

by Justin Thomas •

American Clay natural interior plasters resist mold growth, do not outgas, are easily repaired, and are available in twelve earth inspired colors. Here is an article explaining the advantages of earth plasters. Available from: American Clay

Eco-Effective: Mineral Silicate Paints

by Justin Thomas •

Mineral silicate paints are non-toxic, odorless, vapor-permeable, naturally resistant to fungi and algae, non-combustible, light-reflective, resistant to acid rain, and extremely durable.