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Please be aware of the difference between non-toxic or "safer" materials and those that are considered "green."

Green building practices and products are those that are considered to be good for the environment, which we applaud, but are not necessarily good for human health. For example, recycled products such as those made with plastics, rubber, and other petrochemical products help to keep these materials out of landfills, but they may not be healthy in terms of indoor air quality.

Increasingly, green building programs are addressing the issue of indoor air quality, with attention to products that emit no or low levels of VOCs into indoor air. VOCs, short for volatile organic compounds, are very small chemical molecules, which disperse into the air, or offgas, over time. Off-gassing is like a process of evaporation from solid surfaces. You canít see it happening, but when inhaled, those VOCs can be harmful to human health.

However, because green builders are more concerned about the environment and are already "thinking outside the box," they are likely to be aware of indoor air quality issues or at least open to considering them. So they are a good place to start. As always, ask for details.


We are fortunate to have the following local stores who supply green, non-toxic, and safer products right here in the Austin area.


Eco-Wise

Sustainable and less/nontoxic products for the home

http://www.ecowise.com/


Environmental Depot

Local source of many safer home products

http://www.environmentaldepot.com


City of Austin Green Building program

 http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/greenbuilder/srcbk_1.htm


The Healthy Home Institute

John Bower's website about building an MCS friendly home

http://www.hhinst.com/index.html


Natural Home Magazine

Inspiring magazine dedicated to healthy, non-toxic, environmentally sound homes

http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/


 

 

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