Green Sustainable Home Products

by Brian on March 24, 2011

It’s all the rage; “Going Green” and “Sustainable”.  These are a couple of terms you might hear.

Are the products affordable?  Do they last?  Are the products that work in Northern California good for other areas of the state or even the country?

Taking your time to do the research is very important, and with the internet, that research is made much easier.  Talking to professionals is also of value, because, each time you will learn something new to ask the next professional.
Below is a start with some products that help you in your search for flooring, roofing, countertops and insulation, just to name a few.
It is worth the research effort and maybe even the extra dollars, because, the alternatives are dreadful.
I just watched the movie Blue Vinyl, for the second time, and it is once again sobering…I recommend you watch it if you have the opportunity.  It effects all of us in ways you may not have considered, and that alone is of value.  You can get the movie here:  Blue Vinyl.

Blue Vinyl is a Toxic Comedy Look at Vinyl, the World’s Second Largest Selling Plastic.With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Her parents’ decision to “re-side”  their house with this seemingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take. The result is a humorous, but sobering, and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry in the feature-length documentary BLUE VINYL, which won the cinematography award in the documentary competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.”

POSSIBLE PRODUCTS to begin your search.  I will be dealing with more Green issues in coming posts.  Call me today if you are looking to get your  home ready to sell and would like some Green ideas.


There are a number of materials that can be used to create sustainable flooring. Green Building Supply, a national retailer of sustainable building products, offers flooring made from bamboo and recycled cork, as well as a natural linoleum, which is completely biodegradable and non-toxic. If you’re installing tile, considering purchasing recycled tile made from discarded glass or porcelain. You can also purchase recycled or wool carpeting, both of which are recyclable, free of chemicals and biodegradable.


There are a number of different ways to incorporate sustainability into your roofing without sacrificing durability or efficiency. Green Building Supply recommends the EcoStar line of roofing products, which incorporates shingles made from recycled plastic and rubber. You may also consider a living or green roof, which incorporates the use of plants and other vegetation to insulate and protect your home.


There are a number of green countertop options to choose from. Green Building Supply offers countertops made from bamboo as well as recycled materials. Both PaperStone and Richlite manufacture countertops made from recycled paper, while Vetrazzo countertops are made from recycled glass. Forbo also produces a line of natural linoleum countertops, which are made from linseed oil, wood flour, natural pigments, limestone and tree rosins.


Insulation is one of the most important components of your home and it can directly affect your home’s energy usage. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide recommends several different types of green insulation. Cellulose insulation is made from wood fibers or pulp and is typically made from 75 percent recycled materials. Cotton made from recycled denim or other textiles can also be used as insulation. Mineral wool made from steel slag or natural rock can contain anywhere from 75 percent to 90 percent recycled materials.

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