Eco-Friendly Building Materials for Your Home Remodel

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In any remodeling project, balancing factors like time, budget and aesthetics can be a challenge. But don’t forget the planet while planning and prepping! Whether you’re working with a contractor or doing it yourself, check out this list of eco-friendly building materials to lighten the footprint of your project.

Photo: Trex

Photo: Trex Company

1. Composite decking

Made from recycled or reclaimed materials, composite decking offers a sustainable alternative to virgin timber for your garden and outdoor living space.

Rather than using new wood, this lovely composite decking from Trex is made from reclaimed sawdust and recycled plastic from common household items like sandwich bags and newspaper sleeves.

Composite decking is also very low-maintenance and resistant to warping, rotting and mold, meaning you won’t have to use chemical cleaners or sealants to keep your outdoor area looking its best.

Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
Mary Mazzoni