There is nothing like deck-time in the summer. No matter if you’re an urbanite, suburbanite or someone who lives on acreage, great things happen on your deck. Let’s look at the best ways to make your deck happen.

  • #1: Build One! Now’s the time to build that deck you’ve been dreaming about.
    1. dassoXTR’s decking brings high style to your deck with huge benefits- like hidden fasteners (no nails or screws to step on) and finished ends ( so the butt ends don’t lift when you join them together) and the look of highly esteemed tropical Epi wood (which is rare enough it ought not be harvested). The incredible story behind this decking is that it’s made from bamboo! And it’s LOW MAINTENANCE! Call our locations to get the facts and a quote – you’ll be delighted!
  • #2: Restore Yours! We can make it so much easier than it was “back in the day!”
    1. Osmo’s Wood Reviver is the simplest, least time consuming, and best for your deck and its surrounds product out today! Every customer who has used it has raved about its performance and ease. Here’s how easy it is: dampen the wood, brush it on, wash it off! WOW- and no horrid chemicals to hurt your plants, the wood, or to inhale! Wood Reviver comes in two sizes, with the larger one you also receive the preferred brush for application.

      Once your deck’s wood is bare of its former finishes and the graying effects of UV, we have the best solutions for you to use for its care and protection. OSMO deck oil brings incredible beauty to your deck in 7 great color choices and made from natural oils. For those who prefer the look and feel of traditional water-based finishes, without the nasty high levels of VOCs, Vermont Nautural Coatings provides both beauty and eco-friendliness. Very easy too apply and provides a tough finish that will provide great protection against the elements and wear.Between these two naturally based product lines you’ll have the deck of your dreams!
  • #3: Add color and texture to your outside cement walls! We have the products and tools to help you get outstanding results! You can change those bland concrete walls into design elements of a beautiful home!
    1. Ecoprocote’s DecoPoz offers you the ability to create a smooth surface that cover concrete’s irregularities or imperfections with ease- you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to do.

      Ecoprocote’s Soycrete stain adds the beauty of 32 colors to create that artisan look you’ve always hoped to see.

      Variance is a brand new addition to our product lineup, Variance excels at delivering all forms of textured treatments to exterior walls- with colors tinted into the product making this simple and expressive all at the same time. We will have this available first in Seattle and Portland- please call either location for up to date information!

    Bring beauty with exciting outdoor wood treatments! Wood adds charm, warmth and personality to your home. As a natural product it does need occasional care to keep its natural beauty; and sometimes it needs to be replaced. Here’s some exciting projects that will make everything look fresh.

  • #4: Replace old siding with new Cedar siding.
    1. Our FSC Certified Vertical Grain Siding is easy to install, is engineered to provide exceptional dimensional stability, and will update and “up-style” every exterior wall . Our in-house experts will provide you with all the knowledge you need- and we’ll throw in the firring strips that will make install a breeze.
  • #5: Revive or Re-stain your existing siding and trim with top performing products from:
    1. Osmo- this is a German company started by and still run by wood lovers instead of chemists. There’s an outstanding selection of One Coat Finishes from Osmo that don’t require the regular maintenance most others need. With a large assortment of colors, including clear, you can find a great product that brings out the beauty of your wood. Come to our store to find out more!

      Ecoprocote’s Eco-Tuff clear zero-VOC finish comes in Matte or Gloss and can be brushed or sprayed on. Eco-Tuff will truly outperform other topical treatments in the market – and it is as green as it gets.

    One of my all-time favorites takes advantage of the great weather and all the activities that go on all summer. This project goes so much better when there’s room to get things out and I’m not displacing others while making the home fresh and up-to-date!

  • #6: Repaint the interior on those rare rainy summer days! We have an outstanding selection of fine paints in outstanding colors that will delight the eyes. Of course we provide the broadest selection of Zero VOC paints- and we have them in all sheens and sizes- from the small to very large project. Custom tinting is readily available, as is our knowledgeable staff for any assistance you may need.
    1. Consider the new colors of Colorhouse – their palette offers the latest color trends with that special Colorhouse touch! (You may remember them as Yolo – they’ve just revised their name to highlight how color-focused they truly are!)

      AFM Safecoat is renowned for their commitment to protecting personal health. We carry the full line of AFM Safecoat products from their primers to their Zero VOC paints in all of their finishes. We also carry their Sealers, Cleaners and Adhesives.

    We hope you enjoy our list and have a wonderful summer!

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    2015 is just around the corner and it is time to set our New Year’s resolutions. Winter time is the time of the year to get cozy with warm socks, hot-chocolate, and sit by the fire until Spring arrives. We at Green Depot believe that while winter is a great time for relaxation and spend it with our families, it is also a great time for fun, refreshing, and creative indoor home projects that will reduce your energy bills and make your home extra cozy. Here is a short list of projects that we recommend.

    Clean Windows: Wash the inside of your windows with Green Depot’s Glass & Window, a biodegradable and nontoxic cleaner. It’s an effective glass cleaner that uses a plant-based non-ionic surfactant that easily breaks up grease and dirt. We also love what is not in it; alcohol, petroleum distillates, heavy metals, ammonia, bleach or formaldehyde to name a few.

    Interior Paint: VOC-free paints are the best choice to paint interior walls. Colorhouse paints offers great coverage and have very low odor. Colorhouse performs like a premium conventional paint but we love it because it has no odor, harmful chemicals, or added solvents. Tinted with 0-VOC tints for a true VOC free color paint.

    Install New Flooring: Freshen up your kitchen, hallways, or bedrooms with sustainable cork flooring that is easy to install from Natural Cork Floors. Cork floors have a warm and soft underfoot. If you’re looking for a harder surface then we recommend Foundations Bamboo Click flooring.

    Insulate Pipes: Reduce your energy bill and heat loss by insulating hot water pipes.

    Install Dual Flush Toilets: Toilets are a primary source of needless water waste. You can save water and money by installing a dual flush toilet. Caroma dual flush toilets offer superior water savings and performance.

    Change To LED Light Bulbs: Making the switch to energy-efficient LED light bulbs can save money and energy. While LED’s are initially more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs and CFL’s, you will save over time. LED’s are long lasting, more energy efficient, and mercury-free.

    From everyone at Green Depot,

    Happy Holidays!

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    As we move into the heart of the summer now is  the time to plan exciting outdoor projects that bring satisfaction all year long. Summertime brings great memories – like eating outdoors, enjoying the sun, watching the sun rise, and on and on….Made from natural plant oils

    Most of us have an opportunity to capture these moments at home. Outdoor spaces, from patios to decks to rooftops, let us spend time with family and friends. For existing structures, it’s easy to bring out their best with any of our coatings – such as Osmo Deck Oils or Vermont Natural Coatings; while quite different in their application, both bring out the very best in wood spaces like decks and walkways. To get those jobs started use Osmo’s Wood Reviver Power Gel, this has got to be the easiest, safest and most wood-friendly product available. It doesn’t use harsh chemicals that damage wood, does not require power washing (another wood destroyer), and when it is rinsed off it won’t harm surrounding vegetation. Plus application is a snap!

    You may not know that concrete can also be treated, sealed and stained to create a warmer, friendlier space. Ecoprocote’s line up of concrete mix, sealers, etchers and architectural stains do amazing things with what was once just a hard white surface (or a discolored stained one!). Our staff can help you make great decisions that’ll bring that old space a brand new look.

    For those who don’t have a deck but want one, consider our Western Red Cedar Decking. It’s solid, wide, beautiful to look at and to walk on, and affordable. Our FSC certified Tigerwood decking is remarkable- it’s beautiful varied hues make a statement to all who see it….and it’s from a sustainable harvested tropical source! Be sure to check which locations have these decking materials – once sold out they may not be available until late in the season. 

    Moving indoors, there’s no better time to install a new floor than in the summertime. Whether you’re considering a replacement or a refinish, doing it while the weather is best will make it easier on everyone who lives there. We have gorgeous Foundations strand-woven bamboo flooring available for the DIYer and the Professional – while it is beautiful to look at, its real beauty is what you don’t see after it’s down: our Foundations lineup is all solid strand which will add years to its life and performance. On top of it being solid, it is also 14 mm thick… a rarity now as almost all manufacturers are opting to decrease their thicknesses down to almost half of ours. Don’t hesitate to call our stores if you need more information!

    The beauty of natural hardwood flooring is unmistakable. We have an outstanding selection of hardwood floors from a select group of top quality suppliers. Consider the options by perusing our Serafina lineup, which includes 10 species in various widths, our FSC Tigerwood flooring or our selections of NW Big Leaf Maple, California Chestnut, NW Madrone, or NW Myrtle. Also available at our West Coast stores is DuChateau, an outstanding FSC certified hardwood flooring pre-finished with beautiful oil finishes.

    Another very popular option is Marmoleum. There’s no other resilient flooring material that provides such a selection of remarkable colors and designs than Marmoleum. Available in sheets, tiles or easy to install click-in planks; homeowners are delighted with their new floors from Marmoleum.

    Of course, there’s lots of other projects to consider, and we invite you to browse our website and find all the eco-responsible products that deliver outstanding performance to make your home beautiful. And of course, we’ll be delighted to see you at one of our stores.

     

     

     

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    Earth Day is celebrated every April 22, and it does a wonderful thing- it reminds us to stay (or get) focused on the environmental challenges we face.  First held in 1970, Earth Day was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who saw the opportunity to take the growing public concern about pollution of all kinds (some of us remember the intense air pollution over Los Angeles, the industrial pollution of waterways and skies around cities like Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and the growing impact of pollution on our wildlife back then) and focus that energy in a positive manner- not just be more aware, but to make sure to do something about it.

    We’ve seen great things take place in the past 34 years- not to say there isn’t much more to do, but to recognize that we’ve gone from being relatively unaware and naïve to now knowing there are positive actions we can and need to take at all levels. Each individual step we take is a viable and important part of bringing us to the goal.

    Green Depot uses our Green Filter to identify products that enable everyone to make the best choices for our planet.  We have a continually growing lineup of products to meet your needs- here’s just a few;

    We have an exceptional selection of Flooring products, such as Marmoleum resilient tiles and sheets, Vida Cork and Capri Cork Tiles and Planks, Serafina, Nature’s Lodge and many other Hardwood Floors, and Wool Carpets from Bloomsburg, Woolshire along with a host of other fine manufacturers.

    Whether it’s for rooftops, backyards, courtyards or balcony spaces, we now have remarkable choices that contribute to a better world. From rapidly renewable bamboo decking and tile products to durable and economical FSC Western Red Cedar to exotic FSC Tigerwood or composite  Trex decking,  our selection of products will satisfy the discriminating customer all while delivering on the commitment to being environmentally responsible.

    And there’s no need to sacrifice style, color and innovation while being environmentally responsible by using Zero VOC paints. All of our paints from Yolo, Ivy Coatings, and AFM Safecoat provide excellent performance for both residential and commercial uses while positively contributing to our environment by eliminating Volitile Organic Compounds.

    This year’s Earth Day global theme is Green Cities. We need to look both inward and outward to see the undeniable need for the world’s communities to become sustainable.  Without each of us, nothing big can, or will happen. This is a magnificent world we have the privilege to share and the responsibility to protect. Happy Earth Day to all of us.

     

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    Creating a room for your new baby is a very big part of getting ready for his or her arrival! But, picking the colors and prints for fabric and walls and finding the right furniture are only part of the picture. It is important to make sure that the materials and supplies you choose for the room support your child’s health and development as well! Babies and small children breathe in more air for their body weight than adults do – which means that their exposure to air pollution can actually be greater than for adults – at critical stages of development too.  In this blog post, we offer Green Depot solutions to reduce your child’s exposure to chemicals of concern in the nursery like Formaldehyde, PVC, Flame Retardants, and more.

    Flooring
    Flooring is one of the greatest sources of chemical off-gassing in a home – and since small children often spend a lot of time on the floor, their exposure to those chemicals can be greater. Choose flooring that is PVC-free, has no-added-urea-formaldehyde, a non-off-gassing finish or chemical treatments of other kinds.

    Wool Carpet is an excellent choice for a nursery. Naturally flame resistant and easy to clean, wool carpet does not need the stain treatments and flame retardants that can get added to synthetic carpeting. Wool feels great soft and cozy underfoot and is known for its durability too – so it should last well into (or past) your baby’s college years!

    Cork Flooring is a quiet and resilient flooring option. This beautiful flooring is available in planks that click together and “float” without the need for adhesives.

    Natural Fiber Area Rugs are a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to baby’s room! Put one down over your wood floor to quiet footfalls during naptime.


    Paints & Finishes
    People say that high contrast and colors are great for a baby’s nursery so go bold if you want to, but choose a zero-VOC paint! We have several paint lines that are high on performance and  low on toxins. Click here to see our full selection! The finishes that you choose for flooring and furniture are equally important. Look for wood finishes that are low-toxic and won’t off-gas into the room for months. OSMO’s Polyx Oil wood finish meets German regulations for safety on children’s toys; and Vermont Natural Coatings is made from whey – a by-product of Vermont’s cheese industry!

     

    Clothes and Bedding
    When choosing bedding and clothes for our child make sure that there are no chemical hazards lurking. Believe it or not, some baby bedding and even pajama’s can contain toxic flame retardants! These chemicals are added with good intentions, but scientists are beginning to tie them to serious health and developmental concerns. Fortunately, we have a full line of organic cotton clothing and bedding products that are free of chemical treatments.


    Baby Care and Toys
    When buying baby care items avoid plastics as much as possible as they can contain chemicals called pthalates, many of which are known endocrine disruptors. We have a full category of options here.

    Diapers: 60% natural materials, and chlorine free for when you need diapers on the run
    Baby Bottles: made from glass with silicone sleeves for grip
    Silicone nipples: latex, BPA, phthalate and PVC free

    Latex, BPA, phrhalate and PVC free
    Latex, BPA, phrhalate and PVC free


    Laundry & Cleaning
    It is a little ironic that many of the cleansers available on the market today can actually pollute our homes with toxic fragrances and dangerous anti-bacterials at the same time that they claim to be making homes cleaner. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website to see how the cleaning products in your home rate for chemical safety. We’d like to highlight these healthy options for keeping your house cleaning as clean as possible:

    Charlies Laundry Soap: hypoallergenic, non-toxic, biodegradable and concentrated – use approx 1 oz per load!
    Green Depot All Purpose Cleaner: our house brand, biodegradable, non-toxic and refillable at our refill stations
    AFM SuperClean: super concentrated, tough enough for toilets and safe enough for dishes!


    Green Depot Registry!
    If you’re expecting, our online registry program makes it easy to share the products you’d like with your community! Click here to sign up!

     

    Want to look deeper into chemical safety for kids?

    + The Center for Environmental Health has an excellent page on Children’s health at home here.
    + CHEJ is another informative resource for information about chemicals and child health.
    + The State of Minnesota also has some great information here.
    + Read what the American Lung Association says about Indoor Air Pollution here.
    + The Environmental Protection Agency has a very informative website about child health here.

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    Cooling Down the House

    July 19th, 2013 | Posted by sschultz in Green Homes - (0 Comments)

    July 19, 2013: NY1 has reported record-setting heat at LaGuardia airport  — 100 degrees — the highest on this date since 1977!  So, it seemed like a good time to review some steps you can take around your home to help keep you and your family comfortable through the hot summer months.

    1) Keep your blinds and curtains drawn
    While this can sometimes make your home feel somewhat dark and maybe dreary compared to the bright day outside, it is an easy step to help keep your interior shady and cool. Blocking the suns rays can go a long way. If you need to replace your window coverings, consider blinds that have insulating qualities. Comfortex offers window coverings that provide R-Value in addition to privacy.

     

     

    2) Turn on your fan
    A good fan will use a lot less energy than an Air Conditioner and keeping the air circulating will help you feel cooler. Based on the sleek design of a jet engine, our Charly Fans can move up to 81,000 cubic feet of air per hour! Maximize the cooling effect of the fan by keeping a spray bottle of water handy to spritz your brow. Refreshing!

     

     

     

    3) Seal the cracks around your home’s doors and windows
    Maximize the effects of your air conditioner by keeping the cool air inside. This is a tip that we bring up a lot — but it bears repeating: Caulk the cracks around your door and window frames to prevent air exchange with the outdoors. If there is existing caulk in the cracks that is failing, scrape all of it out before applying new product.

     

     

    4) Insulate Everywhere
    Fully insulating your home will help keep you cool and save you money.  Attics can especially heat up in the summer and will work against your air conditioner as it works to cool your home down. Make sure that you have great insulation up there, and that it is fully covering the floor of the attic – even the door to it! You might also consider lining the inside of your roof with a reflective insulation like Nest or Reflectix – this will bounce the heat-waves away from your attic in the summer. Once you’ve checked the attic, check the rest of the house. Even small gaps can make a big difference. Ultratouch Multi-Purpose rolls are perfect for filling crannies like the  areas around pipes, newly installed vents, and more.

     

     

    5) If you have an attic, make sure that it is ventilated
    An attic fan, installed with proper vents from which to draw, can have a huge effect on the temperature in your attic, and the load on your electricity.  The SolaTube Solar Attic Fan attic fan is one of the most technologically-advanced, environmentally-friendly ventilation solutions available. It circulates air and ventilates your attic space, to help keep your home cool and comfortable. Powered by Solar Star’s proprietary 10-watt solar panel, the Solar Star attic fan will not add to your energy bill while it helps lower it!

     

     

    6) Stay hydrated
    Dehydration can exacerbate the discomfort of the heat and cause some serious health problems too. Carry a re-fillable water bottle with you at all times! The Vapur Anti-Bottle is collapsible and freezable too so you use it as an ice pack until the water inside melts! It conveniently flattens out when empty so it can easily be tucked away into a bag or pocket.

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