Choosing Toxic Free Flooring

Joel-hirshbergMy guest today is Joel Hirshberg, Co-founder and President of Green Building Supply. He opened one of the nation’s first green building supply retail stores in 1991, followed by one of the first online green building stores in the country. Today Joel and I will discuss toxic-free flooring. When I asked him what he wanted to talk about he said, “Instead of talking about a lot of things wide and shallow, can we talk about one thing narrow and deep? And can I ask YOU questions?”So today we’re talking about flooring “narrow and deep” and he may ask me questions.  Joel has an extensive and varied background in building, in addition to selling toxic free building products. He’s a contributor to the US Green Building Council Green Home Guide website. He built a custom home modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright combined with Vedic Architecture. He’s an entrepreneur, real estate developer, custom home builder, retailer, teacher, sailor, husband, father and lover of knowledge and architectural design.




Pick the Pillow that is Just Right for You

marlon_pandoMy guest today is Marlon Pando, President and Owner of White Lotus Home. We’ll be talking about pillows: toxic free materials, different sizes and shapes, and how to choose a pillow that’s just right for you. Marlon worked in his family business until he purchased White Lotus Home, a company that has been making natural and organic bedding in the USA for 34 years.




How to Find Toxic Free Appliances

Andrea-FabryMy guest today is Andrea Fabry, toxic free blogger and owner of Just So Natural Products. We’ll be talking today about toxic exposures from appliances and how you can find the safest ones. Following a health crisis in 2008, Andrea and her family discovered the wonders of natural living. Andrea is a former journalist and the mother of nine children ranging in age from 29 to 13. She is also the founder and president of momsAWARE, an educational organization designed to empower others to live healthy in a toxic world. |




Interior Design: Healthy, Colorful and Fun

rowena-fineganToday my guest is Rowena Finegan, BBEC, Managing Partner and Interior Designer of Pine Street Natural Interiors in Sausalito, California. She says: “Our mission has always been to provide a next wave of green furniture and design, one that combines social responsibility and healthy habits with color and texture and, well, fun.” The idea for this particular combination hatched years ago as Ms. Finegan visited various countries all over the globe, where she developed her design sense, which is especially influenced by African and European pattern and style. Emigrating from Brighton, England when she was in her early thirties, she started her business life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She built a tiny shop handling ski clothing alterations into a very successful interior design concern that handled high end clients and hotels in the area. Not satisfied with the essence of her work, she eventually sold her business and enrolled with the Institute for Bau Biologie and Ecology, which promotes the use of healthy building principles in homes and also teaches its students how to identify elements in the home that might be dangerous, such as mold and volatile organic compounds released from such materials as carpet and plastics. Ms. Finegan earned a certification as a Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC). For the past ten years, Ms. Finegan has been using the principles of Bau-biology in her work, specializing in Healthy Home Interior Design. In 2004, Ms. Finegan collaborated with Cisco Pinedo, owner of Cisco Brothers, a furniture manufacturing company in Los Angeles, to create a sustainable, fully upholstered furniture line, utilizing natural, non-toxic and sustainable materials.




Design for a Healthy Home

jc-scottMy guest today is JC Scott, artist and Founder/Owner of JC Scott eco Design Associates Inc. We’ll be talking about how he designs healthy home interiors for his clients, including clients with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. JC has been creating memorable hospitality, commercial and residential environments for over 30 years from his live/work studio in Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His award winning and cutting edge designs range from restaurants to resorts, from homes to offices and cafes to cafeterias with design project locations throughout Vancouver Island and from the Baja to the Bahamas. Today, JC is focussed on local design solutions and sustainable healthy materials with what he coined in recognition of the local food movement as “100 Mile Design.” Eco conscious, WestCoast style and detail are evident in all JC’s design work. Jc has focussed on indoor air quality, toxin free building and finishing materials and energy conscious passive and natural ventilation systems. JC works for clients who care about their health, their community and how sustainable design can show people new ways to live.




Toxic Free, Child and Pet Safe Adhesives and Sealants

frank-langeMy guest today is Frank Lange, President/Owner of ECO-BOND Adhesives, manufacturer of the best nontoxic building adhesives and caulks. We’ll be talking about the toxic exposures from ordinary adhesives and caulks and how ECO-BOND products are different. ECO-BOND Adhesives was formed out of the need for a REAL, toxic free, zero VOC off-gassing, child and pet safe adhesive and sealant. While building his home, Lange, one of the founders of ECO-BOND Adhesives, found that his wife was getting sick from the odor emitted by standard adhesives and sealants. Concerned about the long-term effects this may have on his family’s health he searched for a non-toxic, low odor alternative. While he found some options in the market, they were either considerably more expensive, much less effective for bonding and sealing or the low odor/low VOC claims did not hold true. After much research he turned to the commercial and industrial world and discovered an adhesive technology that could be used in manufacturing and commercial construction as well as the DIY market. Working with that basic formulation and technology used in the production of the commercial grade adhesive the ECO-BOND Adhesives’ line of products were honed. Today, ECO-BOND is now the market leader for non-toxic, lowest odor, fastest shower ready time and best bonding and sealing line of adhesives and sealants. Additionally, ECOBOND provides a full product assortment as an alternative to any toxic Caulks, Adhesives, Sealants and Silicones. ECO-BOND is taking off as the best non-toxic option on Earth and soon in space as ECO-BOND will be utilized on the International Space Station in May 2015 In addition to launching ECO BOND, Lange spent over 22 years working in advertising marketing from Clear Channel Worldwide to his current Senior Partnership position at Achieve Marketing and Entertainment, he has brought that experience and knowledge to launching and building ECO-BOND.




The Healthy Home Project: Affordable Toxic Free Remodeling

Erin S. IhdeToday my guest is Erin S. Ihde, MA, CCRP, founder of The Healthy Home Project. We’ll be talking about how she transformed a house project- by-project, using healthier, “green” materials, “all on a peanut-butter-and-jelly budget.” The Healthy Home Project blog follows the remodeling a 107-year old historic home in need of much TLC. Each posts features resources based upon a single theme, from healthier paints to safer disposal of household hazards. Resource links within the post are provided for more comprehensive information on each topic. Erin believes creating healthy spaces is one of the most important things we can do for the kids in our lives. She is a hospital-based project manager in environmental health, specializing in pediatric research and education. Erin has an MA in Environmental Education from New York University, where she received a fellowship from the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and a BA in English from the Honors Program at The College of New Jersey. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional through SoCRA. Most importantly, she is mom to two amazing kids.




The World of Sustainable Furnishings

Susan InglisMy guest today is Susan Inglis, Executive Director of Sustainable Furnishings Council. She has over twenty-five years experience working with artisans and in sustainable manufacture in the home furnishings, fashion, and gift industries. We’ll be talking about the Sustainable Furnishings Council and how they support reducing toxics in furniture. Susan has worked in twenty-seven countries on five continents providing services ranging from identifying procedures for insuring the sustainability of a natural resource base to market-led product development and how to access new markets effectively. Susan’s direction of the SFC has gained national attention and brought the organization widespread recognition as the primary source for verified sustainable home furnishings. Susan has spoken on behalf of SFC throughout the U.S. and abroad and has inspired many companies to adopt a sustainable platform for the future. She is the proud recipient of the 2009 WithIt WOW Award for Education.



A Truly All-Natural Carpet

James StinnettMy guest today is James Stinnett, founder of Earth Weave Carpet Mills. They are the premier North American manufacturer of all natural, non-toxic carpet, area rugs and padding—made using undyed, untreated wool on the face, along with hemp, cotton, jute and natural rubber for the backing materials. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in carpets as well as how Earth Weave makes their carpets and padding. James grew up in Dalton GA, the carpet capital of the world, then moved out west to Montana after receiving an Operations Management degree from Auburn University. There he started and ran a successful flooring company, Rocky Mountain Flooring. Inspired by his love of nature to make non-toxic carpet and rugs James returned to Dalton, GA with a passion for providing high quality, healthy, non-toxic products. His company, Earth Weave Carpet Mills, founded in 1996, is the first and only North American producer of truly healthy broadloom carpets. James oversees every aspect of the business ensuring the products he manufactures speak for themselves in quality and purity. After being in business for over 18 years Earth Weave has maintained a notable reputation for being North America’s premier manufacturer of non-toxic, natural carpeting products.




Overcoming the Challenges of Finding Toxic-Free Home Furnishings

Sarah_ValiantMy guest today is interior designer Sarah Valiant, Founder of Valiant Design Company. We’ll be talking about toxic chemicals in home furnishing and decorating products, the toxic-free products she uses for her clients, and how we can help encourage change in the interior design field. Over the last few years, Sarah noticed a substantial shift with her clients’ wishes for toxic-free options for the decor in their homes. As Sarah herself believes in a toxic-free environment for her own family, she eagerly embraced this change. So much of what we decorate our homes with is replete with formaldehyde, phthalates, VOC’s, flame retardants and toxic glues. With all of these chemicals being severely detrimental to our health, Sarah believes it is imperative that we work to bring to market, options that are safe for us and the health of our families. Sarah was very hard pressed to find healthy, yet attractive design items for her clients due to a severe lack of options on the market and so she decided to develop her own solution. Her company, Valiant Design Co., developed a product line called Healthy Home. Currently it designs and manufactures a line of organic and toxic-free cushions, but Sarah intends to expand that to include furniture, fabric, and bedding in the near future. Sarah acquired a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Queen’s University and began her career in event design. She later attended the KLC London School of Design in the UK. After graduating with Honors, she worked for two leading design firms in London and Paris before returning home to Canada to start up her dream company. Her passion to create beauty through functional and toxic-free design drives her from project to project.




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