Eco-Friendly Interior Trimwork

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Thinking of dressing up that tired old living room with some elegant crown moulding?  Or, perhaps you’re in need of new base mouldings, or casings to surround doors and windows.  Now there are more eco-friendly options available for trimwork. From recycled plastic to wood waste fibers, the following options readily accept paint and are easily cut, nailed or glued, and caulked.  They are even manufactured here in the United States, which reduces environmental impacts associated with transportation.

  • SierraPine makes formaldehyde-free MDF (medium density fiberboard) mouldings that are made with 100% recycled wood fiber, including post-consumer recycled wood fiber.  The company offers over 500 different moulding profiles which come primed with a low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, or  un-primed upon request.  These products are available nationwide from building supply stores and lumber yards.
  • Timbron produces its mouldings from recycled polystyrene plastic (75% post-consumer).  Its products don’t emit any VOCs and are waterproof and termite-proof.  These products are available at The Home Depot and at 6 millwork distributors across the country.

Tag(s): Green Building, Greening the Home, Reclaimed Materials, Recycling


2 Responses to “Eco-Friendly Interior Trimwork”

  1. Beth on January 19th, 2009 1:39 am

    Very timely post, I am looking to add crown molding very soon.

  2. Rob on April 20th, 2009 5:09 pm

    The main problem I’m finding is a putty replacement, or the kind of moulding paster that
    you use to patch up rotting wood outside. The
    main stuff in the industry is extremely toxic
    (says on the label it can cause cancer). It’s
    amazing there is nothing out there that is safe,
    and one of the leading manufacturer is even touting
    how green they are. I was thinking of testing air dried clay and painting over that.

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