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Here are some ideas which will Save You Money

and Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions:




In just one year, the average American consumes enough wood and paper to make a tree 100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter.  Home remodeling is the largest use of wood products.  It takes over 64 trees to create the wood products used in an average home, EXCLUDING the lumber used for framing! 


Sustainable forest products are produced from resources such as wood harvested from responsibly managed forests or contain a high percentage of recycled materials.  Look for products such as The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certify wood products that come from forests where environmental, social and economic interests and benefits are safeguarded.


Purchasing FSC certified products help protect forests.  Currently there are over 208 million acres of FSC Certified Forest providing habitats for nearly 6 million species that would otherwise be lost due to deforestation.


Only plants, including trees, can produce enough new oxygen to support life on Earth.  Rainforests alone generate 40% of the world’s oxygen.  Protecting these forests and trees will ensure a healthy living environment for many years to come.  Purchasing FSC Certified Wood Products aid in the protection of the world’s much needed forests.


Forests supply us with much more than lumber and oxygen.  One fourth of the medicines today and 70% of the plants found have anticancer properties originated within the rainforests, and many more continue to be discovered.  Rainforests are rich with biodiversity containing millions of species of plants and microorganisms.  Therefore, it is important to select wood that comes from forests managed in ways that will ensure their protection, as well as the protection of many other natural resources.






“Dimensional lumber” is the term given to all of the standard cuts of lumber used

in construction.  Because most homes are constructed with wood using dimensional lumber, purchasing dimensional lumber that is certified as coming from sustainable forests will help ensure that we provide wood products for today’s generation without eliminating wood supplies for future generations to use.


Trees affect our environment in many ways, including the amount of rainfall we receive as well as the quality of the water we drink and the air we breathe.  Since trees naturally absorb Carbon Dioxide (CO2), one of the leading causes of the greenhouse gas emissions, trees naturally help clean the air.


While trees and the wood we get from them are a renewable resource, in some countries the growing demand for wood is taxing its regenerative capabilities.  Therefore, it is important to select wood that comes from forests managed in ways that will ensure wood as a resource is cultivated.



Doors make up a large percentage of wood products used within a home.  The average single family home has 19 interior doors totaling over 444 board feet of wood.  That’s two trees worth of doors in your home.  Purchasing doors made of certified wood instead of non-certified helps protect forests and ensure cleaner air.



Attractive and reasonably priced, bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly and durable alternative to traditional hardwood.  Since it is a grass, bamboo is harvested for commercial use every three to five years, making it a sustainable, renewable resource.



Eco-friendly wallpaper is now incredibly stylish and costs the same as traditional wallpaper.  This particular wallpaper is printed on recycled paper using low VOC vegetable inks & dyes.  It is recyclable and biodegradable.  The production of this wallpaper is less chemically intensive & emits less greenhouse gasses than the production of traditional wallpapers and because it is made of recycled paper, it also saves trees (which absorb carbon dioxide).



The first way to reduce your carbon footprint is with paint.   Use paint with no volatile organic compounds (or VOC’s as they’re called) which are chemicals that evaporate at room temperature.  It’s what makes that bad “paint” smell.  They are bad for your health and they pollute air indoors & outdoors.  If you don’t have the money for major decorating/renovating, paint can do a lot.  A fresh coat of paint can give a room an instant face-lift.  Zero VOC paint can be less than $20 per gallon, which makes “being environmental” also “being thrifty”!  About 10% of the garbage that is depleting the ozone in the US comes from paints and other surface coatings w/ VOC’s.  Zero VOC paints have no harmful chemicals and can be even less expensive than some traditional paints.  Now they come in wide variety of colors — today you don’t have to sacrifice style to be good to the planet.


Once you start going green around the house, you’ll see how small changes can really add up.



Educate yourself so that you can take action and make small changes.  You can use an online calculator to get an estimate of your (or your family’s) personal greenhouse gas emissions.


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