Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Eco approved wood sealant

Natural Furniture Finish
The search for a wood sealant is over.

Vermont Natural Coating is getting it right. The company was founded by a Vermont native who attended UVM and collaborated with UVM chemist to create a superior product. The company is located in Vermont, utilizes excess whey from Vermont's agriculture and employs locally.

Here's what they say about their products. "By using recycled whey protein we eliminate the need for heavy metal driers and displace both the toxic co-binders and carcinogenic solvents typically found in wood finish. Whey is a natural byproduct of cheese-making, a traditional strength of Vermont agriculture. Excess whey can end up on fields and in streams. To help keep our farms and waterways clear of excess whey, our goal is to reuse as much of this byproduct as possible in durable, safe coatings for your home."

The woman who answered their phone when I called told me she used the product on the wood floor in her bathroom and after 3 years she still does not have any water damage.  

Vermont Natural Coating can be found locally in San Diego at Rockler.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Children's Designer Height Chart

All you need for these designer DIY beauties is below...
A few quick steps:-
Paint or stain according to your color scheme.
We measured 2 1/2 " from the bottom of the wood for our 2' start mark. 
We taped the tape measure to the centre of the plank to line up the brass number stencils.
We were careful to tape the stencils and paint carefully. You could also spray paint and mask accordingly.... 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

New California Fire Retardant Standard

Good News! Previously California manufacturers had to adhere to California Technical Bulletin 117, in order to comply with this manufacturers had to use a series of horrible highly toxic chemicals in the foams to ensure they were flameproof. Now, there is a new standard out which is centred around a new smolder test and uses far less chemicals than the previous standard necessitated.

These toxic chemicals contaminate our bodies - and the bodies of our children. Flame retardants have been linked to lower IQ in children, impaired fertility and increased cancer risk. And they don't even prevent fires effectively. In furniture, they can actually make fires more deadly by releasing even more smoke and toxic gases.

The new fire retardant standard is effective 2014 so make sure you check when you purchase your sofa. 

DesignerEco only works with eco friendly manufacturers. If you are looking for a healthy custom built sofa, send us a picture of one you like, specify the fabric or let us know if you want some inspiration, the dimensions and we will get a quote to you within 24 hours.

For more info & technical details click here