Published: April 27, 2015

    Home Improvement with Eco-Friendly Products

    Sustainability is a critical consideration, thanks to diminishing resources and expanding consumer needs. Unfortunately, when they seek to spruce up their houses with a few targeted improvements, many homeowners choose products that harm the environment either directly or indirectly. If you’re interested in enhancing your home’s look or efficiency in a sustainable way, consider the following eco-friendly home improvement options.

    Composite Decking

    Since it’s made from a combination of recycled plastic and wood waste, composite decking yields superior longevity, strength, and dimensional stability. It also won’t crack, warp, rot or splinter like wood decks.

    Paper-Based Countertops

    Comprised of tree pulp harvested from managed sustainable forests, these countertops are an ideal alternative to plastic and stone surfaces. They’re also available in a diversity of colors and are heat-, scratch- and stain-resistant.

    Bamboo Plywood

    Since it grows rapidly, bamboo is a great sustainable wood for bathroom vanities and other household surfaces. Just be sure to choose bamboo plywood made with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) adhesive.

    Rubber Mulch

    Composed of recycled tires, this versatile product is suitable for the vast majority of landscapes. It also makes a safe play surface for kids, while preventing weeds and allowing good air and water flow.

    Lumber from Sustainable Forests

    It’s hard to match the quality, versatility and durability of traditional lumber. That said, you can reduce your environmental impact by choosing lumber harvested from sustainable forests. To identify these products, check for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

    Water Softener Alternatives with Salt Free Technology

    Because they eject salt brine back into the environment, traditional water softeners can cause harm to wildlife and local water systems. On the other hand, salt-free devices, such as Pelican’s NaturSoft® Water Softener Alternative with Salt Free Technology, eject no harmful brine back into the water supply, while wasting absolutely no water.