Looking to improve your home but want to go as “green” as possible? Here are a few eco-friendly building materials to use:
Cotton batting — Instead of using regular fiberglass or cellulose insulation, try cotton batting! It’s made from recycled jeans, and it’s a fully renewable material that doesn’t release any of the VOC chemicals that are common with artificial insulation.
Wool bricks — These aren’t cheap or easy to find, but they’re surprisingly strong–up to 37% tougher than regular bricks. They are made with both clay and wool, and the binding agent is a polymer that is derived from seaweed.
Cork — Rather than using bamboo or wood for your flooring, why not try cork? It’s a great alternative, one that can be harvested without affecting the tree itself. It gives your floor a nice amount of give, is great to walk on, and even protects your floor from insects. It’s even resistant to fire and hypoallergenic!
Paper — For insulation, try paper. Cardboard and paper are recycled, mixed into a slurry with minerals like boric acid and calcium carbonate, and dried. The result is a special, eco-friendly type of insulation that does the job surprisingly well.
Strawboard — Drywall is neither clean nor eco-friendly, making strawboard a much better choice. It’s made from rice or wheat straw, the byproduct of harvested grains. The material is denser than regular drywall, and comes in the same sizes. It’s as versatile as regular wood, and is even resistant to termites. Best of all, it’s absolutely renewable! New straw is harvested every year, so purchasing this material will not affect the environment at all.
If you want to go green, these are the eco friendly building materials you should install in your home!