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Eco-Friendly Tips to Insulate Your Home

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Eco-Friendly Tips to Insulate Your Home

It is hot out there! We know that insulation helps us run that air conditioner a bit less, but what you might not know is that there are lots of different insulation options, and certain types are much more environmentally sound than others. Insulators like spray foam contain harsh chemicals and even emit greenhouse gases!

Here are some insulation options that get it right.

Blue Jeans

In 2008, Levi’s recycled over 200,000 pairs of discarded jeans into insulation for the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, and you can find recycled denim insulation for the home, too. Not only is denim insulation easier on the environment, you’re keeping all of that discarded material out of the landfill!

For folks looking to score denim insulation for the home, Bonded Logic makes home insulation using post-consumer cotton and denim.

Sand

Sand is a renewable resource, and EcoBatt has sorted out a way to turn that into home insulation. They combine sand with post-consumer recycled glass to create natural insulation that’s Greenguard certified.

They even have a handy locator tool to help folks find it by state.

Straw Bale Construction

Straw bale is a totally natural insulator that’s easy to source locally in many areas. It’s a great addition to a natural building project, because it’s easy to work with. A great insulator, straw is a renewable resource and contains none of the harsh chemicals you’d associate with conventional insulators.

A great way to learn more about natural materials like straw bale is to hunt down sustainable building courses in your area. The more you know how to do yourself, the more money you can save on construction costs.

Up Next: A few more healthy options for insulating your home.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:20PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Good post. also liked the comment mentioning using rolls of wool insulation. If it's humanely harvested that'd be an amazing insulation alternative!

4:05PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

We have the denim in my house!

4:43PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Nice article! I am going to look up some of these options in more detail!

8:21AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

These ideas get me thinking.

10:15AM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

Thanks to this article, we began to open our options. Now we are just waiting for them to become more common & cost-reduced.

6:47AM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

You straw and straw/clay infill. Both cheap and great.

5:19AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

thank you.

4:23PM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

Great tips!

4:50AM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

Very interesting. Thanks to all the extra information from other posters.

8:48AM PDT on Aug 7, 2010

Very interesting article, and also thanks to kym s. for the additional information. My concerns about these materials, though, sre the same as those of Amanda L. Also, what about the use of those materials as inviting mice?

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