The latest on Home Depot’s Eco Options green products and Ron Jarvis

December 15, 2008

What is orange, green, and good for a residential home remodel or improvement project? GetWithGreen thinks one answer is the ever growing inventory of Eco Option products located around the corner at your local Home Depot.

This past week Ron Jarvis senior vice president of environmental innovation with The Home Depot and GetWithGreen.com, sat down to talk about the Eco Options program, and retail trends in green home product market.

Ron’s home improvement career spans 23 years, starting early on with Lowe’s, followed by 13 years at America’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot. For the last eight years Ron has been tracking energy products for the retail giant, and now leads the company’s Eco Options program, among other environmental initiatives, reduced energy consumption by stores, reduced waste and increased recycles as well as increased sustainability into all business functions.

Eco Options is Home Depot’s product labeling program that allows customers to easily identify products that have less of an impact on the environment. The 3,000+ products are located Read more

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‘Elements’, new from California Paints: eco-friendly, zero VOC finish

October 19, 2008

California Paints is now offering Elements, a new line of paints that are zero VOC, GreenWise Certified, and follow LEED guidelines.

Considered to last longer than ordinary zero VOC paints, Elements paint, is made with Microban TechnologyCalifornia Paints explains that this eco-friendly technology “contains a unique anti-bacterial additive that creates an internal germ-proof barrier within the paint formulation.”  Other anti-bacterial additives release harmful gasses or odors.  Microban protects gasses or odors from leaching into the paint over time.  Several of California Paint Products have Microban technology.  Click here to read more about these products.

California Paints is part of the California Products Corporation, committed to preserving the environment through waste management.  Products are created on site and evaluated by employees that have been trained in environmental issues.  California Paints is conscious of Read more

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Monocoat: Natural hardwood oil finish and VOC-free

October 12, 2008

To get the hardwood color you desire without the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), look into Rubio Monocoat’s natural oil finish.  Currently it is available in 34 colors, with a choice of matte or satin.

Originating in Belgium, Monocoat’s natural oil finish has been used throughout the world in many applications for almost 45 years.  It has been applied to wood flooring, windows, furniture, decking, and siding.   Feel comfortable applying Monocoat throughout your home, in your kitchen and bathrooms, and even high-traffic areas, such as commercial settings.  Completely plant-based, it will protect your wood from coffee, ink, wine, milk, and soft drinks. 

Not only is it a beautiful product, but it needs only a simple single coat application with a pad.  A chemical reaction is produced, and the Monocoat’s natural oil finish bonds with the cellulose in the wood.  In fact, if you try and add more, the flooring will not accept the second coat.  Should your floor be damaged, simply apply Monocoat, and you will find it difficult to distinguish where the damage had previously been.

Monocoat’s natural finish is durable and will provide Read more

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