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5 Green Material Tips for a Healthier, More Sustainable Home 

The owner of Brilliant Environmental Products in Bend gives five tips for a more sustainable home in Central Oregon.

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  • If you want carpet, go wool, a cradle-to-cradle product that can be composted or recycled. Wool is more durable than its synthetic counterparts, longer lasting, all natural and feels amazing!
  • Choose flooring surfaces like wood and bamboo that can last a lifetime. A new product called "Woven Bamboo," is one of the hardest flooring surfaces available on the market - sustainable, renewable and durable!
  • Add color with non-toxic paints, exterior and interior stains and plasters. A great way to be "green" while helping the environment.

  • Eliminate PVC. Use natural linoleum instead in your bathrooms, kitchens and high-traffic areas like laundries and mudrooms.
  • Lower allergens and impact the environment less with a rapidly renewable resource like cork flooring. Strike the balance from carpet to hard surface with a resilient, warm and durable cork floor.

Extra Green Tip: It's a myth that cork can't take moisture, use SOLID cork in a bathroom, it keeps the wine in the wine bottle and can take all of the water your kids can splash from the tub. No need for under-floor heat as it maintains close to 70 degrees year round and feels awesome barefoot!

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The author is the owner of Brilliant Environmental Products in Bend, which won the Environmental Center's 2010 Small Business Sustainability Award.


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