Why flooring from torn down barns is all the rage
Superior dimensional stability and a rich patina are just a few reasons more people are seeking reclaimed flooring. This video offers a first-hand look at why this is a great flooring choice, and one of the most sound building practices on the planet.
Are you relying on retailers who are “being green,” or screaming green?
Each time a regional publication distributes its annual “Green Issue,” loaded with “green” business advertising, I am naturally reminded that some retailers still don’t get it. Particularly when it comes to environmental flooring and interior products.
Their advertising messages scream that they are “green” because of such things as selling recyclable nylon carpet, other products from manufacturers who meet their own “environmental stewardship standards,” or they sell cork, bamboo and linoleum.
Much like 10 years ago when the “green” interior product market started getting attention, these businesses still view “green” as a specialty market that is of interest to a small percentage of customers and, therefore, requires occasional advertising but little in-depth knowledge or understanding. This theory ignores market research that shows more consumers are seeking healthful products, in addition to an increase in the U.S. green building market from $10 billion in 2005 to an estimated $85 billion in 2012, with expectations that it will exceed $200 billion by 2016. Continue reading…
Exclusive online prices now available on products with Natural Interiors® Scorecards
Have you been considering a cork floor that has a third-party indoor-air quality certification, but the price is just a little higher than you want to go? Or maybe you’re more inclined toward chemical-free carpet, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified hardwood finished with natural oil, or a strand bamboo that’s verified indoor-air friendly?
Now is the time act. In celebration of launching three Natural Interiors® Design Centers, Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home and Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors have joined us in offering exclusive online pricing from October 20 until November 30, 2013. Continue reading…
Why didn’t you mention reclaimed trees in your reclaimed wood article?
But you didn’t mention flooring made from trees that are removed to make way for development. Companies that make lumber from trees that have to be cut down also help produce wood products without cutting down trees that can keep growing and helping the planet.
Please let your visitors and people who want to build LEED-certified homes know that this option exists.
A. Making flooring, mantels and other items from trees that have to be removed for a variety of reasons is a very cool idea. This type of salvaging, however, does not qualify for reclaimed wood credit under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Only wood salvaged from old structures counts toward LEED’s Resource Reuse Credit. Continue reading…
Southwest Ohio Natural Interiors® Design Centers celebrate kick-off with Nature’s Carpet discount
Contact Natural Interiors at 513-984-9472 or email@example.com to receive the discount and have a representative bring samples to your home and measure your job. Four retailers – Buddy’s Flooring America in Beavercreek, OH; Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home and Schumacher & Co. in Milford; and ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings in Cincinnati are participating in this sale. Continue reading…
Do synthetic backings on natural carpeting defeat the purpose?
Q. I have been looking into wool carpeting because wool is a natural fiber that does not emit chemicals. But I am learning that most wool carpets have plastics and other synthetics in the backings, and they also are treated with moth proofing agents, which many experts have told me is unnecessary. Does this negate the indoor-air friendly and planet-friendly aspects of natural wool carpeting?
A. All discussions about “green” products involve levels or degrees of greenness. That said, the answer to your question is yes – to some extent. Because it is not made from petrochemicals, the wool fiber in the carpet will be far more indoor-air friendly than traditional synthetic fibers, despite the use of synthetic backings like polypropylene.
Keep in mind that there are products like Nature’s Carpet “Dark Green” line that offer New Zealand and British Wool carpets with no chemical treatments and natural jute backings. Not only does this eliminate any concern you have about chemical emissions, but leads into the second point you’ve raised about planet-friendly aspects. Continue reading…
Organic comforters have been claimed, but there’s still time to win some low-VOC paint
There are two days left to answer questions in the Natural Housewife 2012 Contest. The top three winners – those who will receive organic comforters from Vivetique Sleep Systems – have been selected and will be announced next week in a post that shares their natural tips!
But because a multitude of additional entrants answered only a few of the six questions in the contest, we will continue to receive entries for fourth- and fifth-place prizes – a room’s worth of Earthpaint – until 5 p.m. eastern time June 15. Continue reading…
Why is Vivetique Better for People?
Mattresses and bedding from Vivetique Sleep Systems and The Natural Bedroom are Better for People because:
a.) They are made from natural, chemical-free materials like natural latex and PureGrow™ Wool and organic cotton instead of petroleum-based products that release chemicals that humans breathe and absorb.
b.) PureGrow™ Wool controls humidity, is cool when it’s hot, warm when it’s cold, promoting restful sleep.
c.) Vivetique Sleep Systems is the oldest natural bedding company in the United States and has the most experience in making mattresses, pillows and bedding products that meet individual needs.
d.) All of the above. Continue reading…
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One answer is not enough to win
Only one of more than 50 contestants in The Natural Housewife Contest 2012 has answered all four of the weekly questions posted to date. There are three top prizes — a $600 organic comforter from Vivetique Sleep Systems.
This means that two new or existing contestants who submit answers to all of the posted questions can still win a first-place prize. There also are two second-place prizes of a room’s worth of Earthpaint. Continue reading…
What does the “green” label on your paint can mean?
The more you answer, the better your chances of winning a $600 organic comforter from Vivetique Sleep Systems or a room’s worth of Earthpaint. So don’t delay.
Here is Question No. 4: Of the following the “green” certifications available to test paint, which prohibit any level of an ingredient this is a known carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive toxin, hazardous air pollutant (HAP) or ozone-depleting compound? Continue reading…
Keep the answers coming Keep racking up your points, or jump into The Natural Housewife contest now for a chance to win a $600 organic comforter or a room’s worth of Earthpaint. Get full contest and prize details here, and help from the Facebook pages of our hint-droppers – Greener Stock and Brothers Floor Covering. [...]
Better for people? Better for the planet? Let the contest begin! If you have read the rules and contest details, you know that three winners will receive luxurious organic comforters from Vivetique Sleep Systems and two more will each get a room’s worth of Earthpaint. And you know you will get the weekly, multiple-choice questions [...]
Contest winners to receive organic comforters from Vivetique or a room of Earthpaint The theme of this year’s Natural Housewife Contest takes hold during a vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, where The Natural Housewife tells us it’s time to take actions that are better for people or better for the planet. Part of doing [...]
Organic bedding from a national, natural leader There is a sentence I love in a 2007 LA Times article about Vivètique Sleep Systems – the company that will be supplying luxurious organic comforters to three winners in this year’s Natural Housewife Contest: “There isn’t a speck of polyurethane foam, by far the most common filling [...]
Greater Cincinnati’s Annual Home & Garden show proves “green” products are here to stay, but knowledge of trends and environmental attributes is still playing catch up There was a time not too long ago when we had to search to find “green” products and companies at the annual Greater Cincinnati Home & Garden Show. But [...]
Studies that show what “fringe,” green proponents warned of all along are an overdue validation of the environmental products industry I distinctly remember a small group of co-workers who voiced concerns that the windows did not open while everyone else was extolling the beauty of the newly constructed newsroom we worked in, complete with new [...]
Past and present green building trends mean 2012 will bring increased interest in healthy indoor air quality, reclaimed and recycled products, and smaller homes Residents on the West Coast have been walking the green building walk longer. But even in the Midwest, which often lags behind, people who build or remodel in the New Year [...]
Year in review shows Natural Interiors visitors focus first on style and indoor-air-quality, then concern for planet health We couldn’t head into a New Year without a baby. Fortunately, the winner of our Natural Housewife Contest – one of our Top 10 traffic generators for 2011 – now has one. 1. Sara Eickhoff reports that [...]
Toledo customer wanted a planet-friendly product that also offered healthier indoor air Ordering and installing Nature’s Carpet “felt great for a number of reasons,” says Julee, who now has “Clearwater,” part of the “Dark Green” line, in her home in Holland, OH. She found the carpet at Carpets by Otto, which has several locations in [...]
More than a decade after its U.S. entry, Nature’s Carpet gets mainstream attention and could be part of a market that is “ready to explode” Some rolled their eyes and suppressed laughter at the idea that a chemical-free, biodegradable, un-dyed carpet could make it in mainstream America. But when Brian Cox saw Nature’s Carpet in [...]
Proper equipment, settings and training are needed to keep water away from carpet pad and subfloors, where lingering moisture could fuel mold We gave the expert in this week’s Natural Interiors® TV episode an ultimate challenge. We asked him to demonstrate his steam-cleaning on a piece of Nature’s Carpet – an all-natural wool carpet that [...]
Proper steam cleaning means no water gets through the carpet – even Nature’s Carpet® that has no plastic backings
You have served me well for a very long time, but there has to be something that holds dust better Dust containment. This is the term on my mind this morning as we near completion of our bathroom renovation project. My aging vacuum has done a commendable job, sucking up the sanded drywall compound and [...]
What makes carpet pad “green?” Q. It seems like every carpet pad on the market has some kind of “green” certification label on it. I am mostly concerned about indoor-air quality, and am worried that even if I buy a carpet with CRI Green Label Plus, I won’t benefit from the low chemical emissions, because [...]
Sara Eickhoff of Cincinnati, OH, claims the first-place prize and shares a few more tips for natural and healthy order
Reader says shopping for chemical-free carpet spurs confusion Dear Natural Interiors: Your blog and the Natural Housewife got me thinking about indoor-air quality, and wool carpeting, because I am getting ready to replace old carpet in my home. But after going to a local flooring store, I am really confused. The salesman showed me some [...]
Winners of first annual contest chosen in Ohio and Colorado After much deliberation, our judges have selected the first- and second-place winners in The Natural Housewife Contest.
If Nature’s Carpet is the leading chemical-free wool carpet used in homes, why not use it in houseboats, too? That was Kyle Kieper’s thinking when he selected the company’s Everest-style carpet for the houseboat he uses on the Ohio River.
Look for the winner on the next episode of Natural Interiors® TV From Florida to California, Natural Housewives — and Husbands – have stepped up for a chance to win our first annual Natural Housewife Contest by sharing their tips for keeping natural, healthy order. For most of them, healthy indoor-air quality is key. And thought [...]
The Natural Housewife shares tips for choosing products that do not pollute your indoor air. Join the conversation for a chance to win $500 in Nature’s Carpet.
Cincinnati, OH, woman inspires second episode of The Natural Housewife It’s lunchtime at the Woeber house in Anderson Township, OH. A fire warms the family room while Beth Woeber gets lunch for her children, ages 2 and 4, and plays hostess to the Natural Interiors® TV crew. We are in her home to tape the [...]
“Green” Manufacturers at Surfaces, the oldest mainstream flooring tradeshow, say they showed up Jan. 25 for the annual event – as they have for many years – because sustainable, natural floors are the hottest thing going.
Natural Housewives: Send in your tips for a chance to win! The Natural Housewife says, “Enough! We don’t keep our homes healthy or stylish with toxic chemicals, furnishings or decorating products. And contributing to landfill waste unnecessarily is just so uncool!” Join this conversation, and you could win prizes that include $500 in Nature’s Carpet [...]
The Natural Housewife says the home should be a non-toxic zone. Add your tips to the conversation for a chance to win $500 in Nature’s Carpet and other prizes.
While consumer demand for natural products is growing, they are a must-have for people with chemical sensitivities Kathy McDowell was upset to think she would have to stop playing with her grandchildren on the carpet in her family room. Every time she got close to the floor, the West Lafayette, IN, resident had a reaction [...]
How To Choose “Green” Carpet Carpet gives us a great demonstration of the many levels of “green” that exist in today’s marketplace. If you remember that “green” is defined as better for human health or the planet’s health, the Nature’s Carpet featured in this week’s episode of Natural Interiors® TV qualifies on both points. But [...]
‘Jane’ is allergic to chemicals, but she isn’t crazy. And any retailer who is capable of explaining natural products knows that, says Richard Munden, Nature’s Carpet Sales VP, from Vancouver, BC
What the Video Didn’t Tell You: Look under the Carpet If you are trying to eliminate chemicals from the products you use to furnish your home, you need a deeper understanding of what the CRI Green Label Plus label means, particularly when it comes to carpet pad Yes, as this week’s Natural Interiors® TV [...]
CRI Green Label Plus can help you choose a “green” carpet — if you understand what this label means