Most conventional paints and coatings emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to poor indoor air quality as well as to smog. This overview includes a link to a product listing of healthier low-VOC, zero-VOC, and natural paints.
According to the USDA, consumers can feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased claim and can make better informed purchasing decisions.
Before buying a toy, the first consideration should be its health. We’ve seen a lot of recent news about unhealthy plastics and paints in inexpensive children’s toys. Making sure any toy you select is healthy should be your number one priority.
James discusses exactly how to paint a beehive. Sometimes it can be a fiddly job but using an array of stepladders and poles it can be pretty simple
FrogTape’s latest painting tape provides endless design possibilities and masking protection.
If you want to learn how to paint your house without the help of professionals, this article from the archives is for you. Exterior home painting can be a snap with the right tools and information.
Painting tree trunks white can help you reduce the effect of erratic temperatures on the trees’ bark.
Thinking of repainting your house? You may want to check out the EPA’s new lead paint requirements. Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, there may be safety concerns you should be aware of when sprucing up that old room – especially if you have children.
Each year, the success rate for hens hatching and raising chicks at Rancho Cappuccino contines to increase, and it seems there's more than luck at play. Read about watching natural selection in action on the farm.
A new Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report reveals traces of lead and other heavy metals in children’s face paints.
Believe it: With patience and pecking around, you can find low-voc paint for little more (maybe even less!) than you'd pay for conventional paint. What's your experience?
Some of Natural Home’s favorite paint and wallcovering companies get pretty in pink.
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Pickin' Chicken app has expanded its content to include more breed photos and profiles, along with additional search functions, to help you find the chicken breed you need.
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
Our good and bad decisions on selecting a dealer and a wood stove.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
Conventional flooring and wallpaper products contain high levels of toxic chemicals, an Ecology Center study finds.
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
We are inundated with green messages that can sometimes be confusing or misleading. This phenomenon is especially true when it comes to the paint industry. There is much talk about No-VOC and Low-VOC paints, but what is the truth behind it?
The sustainability of one’s home depends as much (if not more) on its location as on how the house is built. If you’re looking to buy land or to buy (or rent) a house, consider the following sustainability criteria when comparing property locations.
Alma Hecht's renovated century-old cottage is artistic and beautiful--and it inspires her to create wonderful watercolor paintings. Her home is both an outlet and a source for her creativity.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
Finally! Design experts and contractors say granite and marble have lost their luster. Find beautiful, natural alternatives to that and solutions to other common design mistakes, including dull color pallettes and overused water features.
The author figures out a way to outsmart tree-damaging rodents.
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
So many paint colors to choose from for Simran Sethi’s home, but one standard must be met: no VOCs or harmful chemicals.
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.