I have to admit, I was very skeptical when I first heard about Home Depot’s new, green paint, The Freshaire Choice. I associate large corporations like this, who are not generally known for being environmentally or socially responsible, with a concern for their bottom line, not the earth. Whether or not this is true, Home Depot has made an impressive eco-friendly step with this line of paint.
You’d think bamboo floor is pretty cut and dry, but EcoTimber, a leader in the push towards environmentally-friendly flooring options, has found a way to innovate in this area. They’ve just released a new, prefinished, strand-woven bamboo flooring that doesn’t look like your regular bamboo. The top image is a blown-up version of the amber color (view others below). Looks like a regular hardwood, doesn’t it? It actually acts like a hardwood, too. It took about two years to develop and can be sanded and refinished just like regular hardwoods. With a suggested retail price of $5.99 sf, there’s no reason to stick with the old growth products. Seriously.
Here are a few green reasons to like this new EcoTimber Bamboo offering:
Milk Paint has been around for thousands of years, with the roots as far back as 6,000 years ago when it was used for cave paintings. It is now gaining recognition as a biodegradable, green product. Milk paint is made from milk and crushed, natural pigments, and it is used for walls, furniture, and even art. It is very durable, as it hardens with age. But, beware, there are companies who market "milk paints" which are not natural and contain harmful chemicals.