10 Eco-Friendly Substitutions For Glue, Caulk, and DIY Tools

As anyone who's ever tried doing some DIY projects at home, you'll know that a lot of the products that you use improving your home—glues, paints, varnishes—can be somewhat toxic. Are there better alternatives? In some cases, definitely. Read on for more after the jump.

From staining your wooden floors to painting your interior walls, here are some better, healthier alternatives to your standard DIY supplies:

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1 Osmo Wood Finishes ($80-$150 per gallon): All of Osmo’s wood finish products are made from natural oils and waxes which, when purified and refined, are completely safe for humans, animals and plants. Whether you want to finish your cork floors or stain your deck, you can rest easy knowing that their products are solvent-free, low VOC, LEED compliant, and very durable.
2 Recycled Paint Supplies: the paint tray, roller tray, drip catcher, paint trim cup, and paint trim tray are all made from 100% recyclable R-PET, which is lightweight, durable, and derived primarily from recycled beverage bottles.
3 EcoGlue Green Wood Glue ($9.67): a PVA water-based, solvent-free formula that contains less than 1% VOCs and is free of phenol and/or urea formaldehyde resins and isocyanate.
4 Coccoina Glue Sticks ($6-$9 a tube): non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. Plus, they smell of almonds!
5 Eco-Bond Sealants and Caulks ($6 to $9 a tube): Contains zero VOCs, non-petroleum based, and non-toxic with no/low odor.

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6 Henkel's Green Series Indoor/Outdoor Sealant ($5 per tube): extremely low VOC and Greenguard certified, which means that it's safe to use indoors and will maintain indoor air quality.
7 Heirloom Quality screwdriver sets from Elementary ($68 for set): This expertly crafted set has a wooden handle finished in pure linseed oil.
8 Enviro5 Multipurpose Oil ($12.99 per can): The eco-friendly alternative to WD-40! A fully biodegradable multipurpose oil that works as a penetrating rust solvent, degreaser, lubricant, and for superior corrosion protection. Contains no petroleum or synthetics. Made in the USA from renewable resources. Also see Chester Lube.
9 Auro Stains and Finishes ($110 to $130 per gallon): a European company offering wood non-toxic and solvent-free stains and finishes made primarily with ingredients like linseed oil and mineral pigments. They have worldwide distributors, but are currently not based in the US. (We've heard that's coming soon.)
10 BioShield Clay Paints, Stains, and Finishes ($40-$55 per gallon): all of Bioshield's products are no-odor, non-toxic, and no-VOC. Their collection of paints, stains, thinners and waxes are made primarily from naturally-derived raw materials including citrus peel extracts, essential oils, seed oils, tree resins, inert mineral fillers, tree and bee waxes, lead-free dryers and natural pigments.

Want more? Check out these previous posts:

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