- Green Product Buying GuideDownload PDF 500 K.
- Bedding made of natural latex, wool or organic cotton can help to reduce allergens and are biodegradable, so they will break down at the end of their life.
- Consider buying used, recycled and antique furnishings to reduce demands on natural resources while helping to create period-specific aesthetics, while oftentimes saving you money.
- Keep furnishings at least one foot from baseboard heaters and floor registers, and make sure they
- do not cover baseboards, wall heaters or forced air heat vents.
- Choose low-toxic, low-VOC paints since they are safer to handle, easier to clean up and do not emit harmful fumes as they dry.
- If your house was built before 1978, make sure you test for lead-based paint before you do any sanding or wall demolition, especially in a nursery or child's bedroom. Because their brains are still developing, children are very vulnerable to lead, a highly toxic neurotoxin.
- Consider lighter-colored paints to reduce artificial lighting needs.
- Select clay plaster as an alternative to paint to create a rich, natural texture. It is breathable, mold resistant, hypo-allergenic and low-toxic.
- View more Eco-Cool Remodel paints and coatings resources
- View more Eco-Cool Remodel flooring resources
- View more Eco-Cool Remodel lighting resources
- EcoBusiness Environmental Directory external link
Provides an extensive list of links to companies that specialize in eco-friendly products for any home remodeling project
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options – from the King County Solid Waste Division
Provides information on how to best dispose of household hazardous waste
- VaPrecision external link
Online store for purchase of calcium chloride vapor emission test kits for concrete floors
- King County Solid Waste Division What Do I Do With…? website
Provides information about where you can recycle carpet in King County
- Carpet America Recovery Effort external link
Contains a searchable map of places you can recycle carpet
- Consumer Reports Greener Choices external link
Consumer Reports guide to choosing green products
- Insulation and Air Sealing from the U.S. Department of Energy external link
- U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Audits external link
- Build It Green external link
Fact sheet on Green Carpet
- Ravenworks Joinery external link
Produces finely crafted and detailed environmentally-friendly furniture and cabinetry
- EcoBalanza external link Eco-friendly sofas
- Urban Hardwoods external link Wood furniture made from local salvaged lumber
- Dunn Lumber external link
A family-owned supplier of building materials including FCS certified lumber
- Green Home Solutions external link
A Seattle-based company providing quality green building products including certified flooring, cabinets, countertops and tile
- Norberry Tile external link
A specialty tile showroom featuring sustainable surfaces