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Category Archives: Health & Safety

Homeowner’s Guide To Choosing Eco-Friendly Paints (Part 1)

As a homeowner, it’s often empowering to feel the freedom that comes with being able to customize your home in any way you choose. For example, in a 2017 interior design trends survey, more than a third of respondents said they would choose a neutral color palette if redecorating their home, and you should have […]

How to Safely Paint Wooden Toys

So you found some old wooden toys at a yard sale or you received some hand-me-down blocks from a friend. For whatever reason, you’ve found yourself wanting to freshen up a wooden toy with a nice, new coat of paint. But is it safe to paint your child’s toys? Especially toys for babies or toddlers […]

How Can ECOS Help You in 2017? (Giveaway!)

We’re in the midst of planning our blog content for the New Year, but there’s a voice missing from our discussion – yours! What would you like to see or learn about? How can ECOS help you in 2017? Share your thoughts and you’ll be entered into this month’s giveaway!

Did You Know Green Offices Increase Health, Happiness & Productivity?

Did you know green offices increase health, happiness & productivity? It’s true! Working in an office that has low allergens and high ventilation vastly increases your cognitive functioning. The fact that fresh air is good for you might not strike you as a big shocker, but the history (and slight irony) of how we got […]

How Long Do Your Hardwood Floors Off-Gas After Refinishing?

Refinishing old, hardwood floors is a great way to give a room a fresh, new look. Plus, since you’re re-using your existing floors instead of buying new, it’s a more eco-friendly renovation choice. If you read the label of whatever product you choose, you’ll see how long you need to let the floors cure before […]

How Can ECOS Help You in 2016?

We’re in the midst of planning our blog content for the New Year, but there’s a voice missing from our discussion – yours! What would you like to see or learn about? How can ECOS help you in 2016? Share your thoughts and you’ll be entered into this month’s giveaway!

A Safer Way to Protect Trees From Beaver Damage

Do you have a problem with beavers? Do you need to deter them from damaging your property, but you don’t want to harm them? Well, you could wrap your trees with cylindrical cages, but that really compromises their beauty. We recently learned about a better method. Here’s a safer way to protect trees from beaver […]

Are Paint Fumes Harmful To Cats?

You probably know that good indoor air quality is important for protecting your family’s health, but what about the kitty cat member of the family? Do the chemicals that impact your health have a negative effect on your cat? According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the answer is yes. Although research on air quality […]

What’s The Difference Between Traditional Varnish & Polyurethane?

Everyone appreciates the elegant look of wood floors, cabinets and doors, but the ravages of time can leave fine wood looking old and neglected. In order to better preserve the inherent beauty of wood furniture and fixtures, a traditional varnish or polyurethane top-coat finish is usually applied. The downside is that this protection comes with […]

How to Safely Paint a Radiator

Radiators can appear to be quite the challenge to paint. They’re full of hidden crevices, have very little flat surface area, and look like they’d destroy a paintbrush. Have you recently renovated an entire room, but the radiator is still unpainted? Are you left scratching your head not knowing the right way to paint it? […]