by Keith Bancroft
There is a lot of attention being focused on green building and green building materials lately. But do you know what makes a given product “green”? How do you go about finding green products and how do you compare different products once you do find them?
The two resources listed below provide starting points for researching green products for your home or business. Neither directory charges for listing nor sells ads, helping to ensure that the product reviews are unbiased.
- “GreenSpec Directory” from BuildingGreen.com
The online GreenSpec Directory lists product descriptions for over 2,000 green products researched by the editors of BuildingGreen.com’s “Environmental Building News.” (Much of the content is free, although a membership is needed to access detailed information and product reviews.)
- “Green Product Directory” from Build It Green
The Green Product Directory lists suppliers of green building products within the Bay Area and is regularly updated to reflect local availability of products, introduction of new products and other new information. (Please note: I found the Build It Green web site to be a bit slow loading at times. Please don’t get discouraged—it’s worth the wait!)
Do you have other ideas and favorite resources for finding green products? Leave a comment below to share your tips.