Information

This section was created to provide information to help you create a healthy home for you and your family and to learn more about personal, community, and global environmental issues, and how you can help.

We are continually adding categories to the information section of this web site. We welcome any suggestions of topics you would like to see.

Carpet – issues and concerns of carpeting
Cement– Understanding the Footprint of Cementitious Materials
Certified Wood
– defining certifications
Color Theory

Textiles– Natural, Synthetic, and Recycled Fibers
Finishes –  Water-Based Finishes and Linseed Oil
Flame Retardants
– dangers of flame retardants
Foam – Poly-based Foam, Soy Foam, and Latex Foam
Mercury
– water, and fluorescent lamps
Metals – Impact of Virgin Metals vs. Recyced Metals
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities– Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Stone
– Understanding the Effects of Quarrying and Transporting Stone

Environmental Product Certifications
FSC – The Forest Stewardship Council certification ensures that products come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

GOTS – The Global Organic Textile Standard defines world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Final products include, but are not limited to fiber products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles.

GREENGUARD – The Green Guard certification helps manufacturers create, and helps buyers identify, interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. The standards are primarily for building materials, finishes, interior furnishings, furniture, cleaning products and electronic equipment.

Take a quiz to find out what your impact on this planet is.
Ecological Footprint

Recommended Magazines
YES! A Journal of Positive Futures: Award-winning quarterly magazine. website
Orion magazine: Explores an emerging alternative world view. website

Movies to Check out:
Blue Vinyl:
Documentary on the vinyl industry. website
The Hemp Revolution: Documentary on the history of Hemp.
Trade Secrets: Documentary aired on PBS about the public’s right to know the truth about the chemicals that surround us. website

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