Roundup: Eco-Friendly Stains

Roundup: Eco-Friendly Stains

We've covered the range of eco-friendly paints before, but finding eco-friendly stains can be a little bit tougher. But they are out there, and ready to use for your project, low-VOC's and all. Check out our list after the jump!

AFM Safecoat Stains & Sealers: Very low-VOC content, durable and works for both interior and exterior applications. The water-based DuroStain comes in eight wood tones using natural mineral pigments and contains no aniline dyestuffs, no gilsonite or asphalt, no aromatic solvents, formaldehyde or UV inhibitors.

BioShield Interior/Exterior Wood Stains: BioShield Healthy Living Aqua Resin Stain Finish is a solvent-free water-based, zero VOC, wood stain finish for interior and exterior applications. It comes in eight standard wood tones and ten color stains, all using natural pigments.

Vermont Natural Coatings: This product made the 2008 list of Building Green's top products. PolyWhey is a waterborne wood finish that uses recycled whey protein, a by-product of the dairy industry, as a binder. Available for floor or furniture, these low-odor coatings contain no toxic heavy metals and have a VOC level less than 180 g/L. It is available in a number of finishes and the cans are made from 100% pre-consumer recycled polypropylene.

Minwax 250 VOC Compliant Wood Finish: Minwax, long a tried and true wood stain product, has come out with their own low-VOC line of stains to match their traditional line. The 250 VOC Compliant stains are oil-based and available in twelve wood tone colors.

TimberSoy: TimberSoy is a natural wood stain made from soybean oils, and according to the manufacturer the "technology contains the only 100% solids, bio-based zero VOC colorant pigments." It is available in twelve standard wood tones, but can also use their pigments to create custom tints.

Sansin EnviroStain: This low-VOC product comes with an amazingly high count of color options &mdash 71! Sansin is water-based and contains modified natural oils and resins that work to enhance your wood without harsh or flammable solvents. Available in both interior and exterior formulations and a variety of finishes.

For more information check out this great Green Seal report on wood stains and finishes.

Do you have an experience with any of the above products or know of one that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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