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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    The EcoDorm at Warren Wilson College

    Imagine the state of your average college dorm room: lights left on, electronics left charging, garbage and recycling thrown together in the same bin. A dorm can seem like the last place a person would find any sort of concern for the environment. But, as it turns out, sustainability is now spreading to college campuses across the country! Programs such as The Sustainable Campus and others are working with universities to help them reduce their carbon footprint and provide eco-friendly housing to students. All over the country, schools are adjusting how they manage waste, protect indoor air quality, and save energy.

    From instituting programs that encourage students to change their behavior (turning off lights, unplugging electronics, and sorting waste) to adopting responsible building practices, colleges and universities are making great strides towards sustainability while improving their bottom line. In 2009 The New York Times  reported that more than 600 U.S colleges and universities had already made a pledge to become carbon neutral; and more than 90 dorms across the country were LEED certified. For example, they cite the EcoDorm at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina that consumes two thirds less electricity than a conventional building of the same size. Another example of a green dorm is a LEED Certified student residence building at Harvard University that features renewable bamboo flooring, low VOC finishes, and regionally sourced siding with recycled content.

    If you happen to know a student who is moving into a dormitory this fall, help them (and their roommates) go green in their dorm room with these Green Depot solutions!

    Keep Warm With Wool
    Help save energy by turning the thermostat down and using a comfy throw blanket while catching up on course work! The Eco-Wise Pendleton Throw is 100% wool and is machine washable. Wool is a naturally renewable fiber and the fabric in these blankets has been Cradle to Cradle certified.




    Prevent Phantom Energy Use
    For all your electronics, from your phone to your laptop, a TrickleStrip –Saving Surge Protector will greatly reduce the amount of vampire/standby energy consumed by dorm electronics. Be sure to flip it to “off” when going out!

      

      

    Wake Up On Time and In Style
    After a late night studying, it is important to have a high quality alarm clock. The bamboo-clad Vers Alarm Clock Radio is compact, and is also a dock for an iPod. Gorgeously hand crafted, this unit cuts down on plastic use and the company plants 100 trees for every tree they use in production.

     

      

    Deodorize the Dorm with Plant Oils – Not Petro-Chemicals
    It’s common for every college dorm room to have that smell every once in a while. Be it from people living in close quarters, or the resonance of that pizza from three days ago, or maybe you can’t put your finger on it. Whatever it may be, Airscense to the rescue! This room freshener doesn’t cover up odors; it neutralizes them using a petro-chemical-free formula.

     

    Charge Electronics Anywhere on Campus
    The Solar Back Pack, efficiently charges all hand-held electronics through built in solar panels even as it holds textbooks and a laptop in its spacious main compartment. On a cloudy day, the charger can also be powered up using a USB power cable.



    Zoe Bloom contributed to this post.

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    The LifeEdited Apartment transforms to allow for all aspects of home life in just 420 sf

    Graham Hill’s LifeEdited apartment is finally complete and, in a recent article, the New York Times is calling it the apartment of the future!

    Launched in 2010, the project began as an international competition. Graham Hill (the founder of Treehugger) challenged designers around the world to come up with a design that would allow for a large sit-down dinner party, comfortable lounging for 8, space for overnight guests (with privacy), a home office, a hideable kitchen and more! The winning design was submitted by Romanian architecture students Catalin Sandu and Adrian Iancu and construction began!

    The build out of the apartment included many green features from the drywall and the insulation to FSC flooring and 0-VOC paints!

    Graham Hill’s project is a thought provoking and inspiring demonstration of just how little space, and how little stuff, it actually takes to live a 21st century American lifestyle. Transforming apartments, along with transforming furniture and compact appliances, are becoming more and more popular and that means that soon, more and more of us may have the opportunity to live large by living small – just like Graham Hill.  Visit the LifeEdited website for more inspiring examples of compact living spaces and innovative, space-saving products.

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    Green Holiday Entertaining

    November 24th, 2011 | Posted by sschultz in Air Quality | Green Products | Living Green | Waste Reduction - (Comments Off on Green Holiday Entertaining)

    Are you looking for ways to make your holidays more sustainable? From reducing waste, to increasing energy efficiency, to reducing toxicity there are tons of ways to make our celebrations more sustainable. Our friends Corey and Lynn over at Celebrate Green have lots of creative ideas for greening Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.  Another great resource is Practically Green where you can find tips on avoiding BPA in your holiday meals, green gift ideas and more! Below are some of the green solution available at Green Depot! You can see all of our eco-friendly Holiday Supplies by clicking here.

    Holiday LED String Lights
    Light up your home this Holiday season with LED lights, the energy efficient version that uses up to 80% less energy to operate than traditional incandescent lights. Use them indoors or out to brighten your holidays

     

     

    Dinuba Stainless Steel Water Container
    This beautiful stainless steel container is stylish and functional. Use it for storing and serving water at events, or for everyday use on your countertop or in your fridge. This is a perfect alternative to the classic tub of plastic water bottles – even better it’s BPA-free! Great for water – or your favorite festive beverage! Comes in 5L and 15L sizes.

     

    Compostable Cups
    These compostable 12oz cups are made of Kraft Paper coated with corn-based lining. Great for hot or cold beverages – you can use them for hot apple cider, or rum punch. At the end of your party, unlike those red plastic cups, these don’t have to go to the landfill.

     

    Juniper Ridge Room Spray
    Few things evoke the feeling of holiday more than the fresh scent of pine trees. Juniper Ridge’s Room Spray was made to capture the smell of the forests of the Cascade Mountain range using real, wild-harvested botanicals, no toxic or artificial chemicals.

     

    For more, browse all of our eco-friendly Holiday Supplies by clicking here.

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