Green building materials have become like the hip new popular kids in school, except of course, their intentions are pure and they’re more interested in helping out than in keeping up appearances. So who’s the newest green kid on the block? Beautiful and oh-so-breathable plaster walls.
Green paint options may have been all the rage when they first came out, but many people are now realizing that even a new type of paint doesn’t change the fact that it tends to seal walls and keep moisture hiding out where it shouldn’t. And it might still be made with some combination of harmful chemicals.
Plaster, on the other hand, is more natural and thus more sustainable for the home. American Clay is one plaster line made in New Mexico that can actually help keep humidity levels low while eliminating condensation that tends to settle in walls. And as if that weren’t enough, it can also help keep spaces cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Shikoku International, a Japanese company, created their own line of plaster walls called EcoDeVita. Using diatomaceous earth, a few of their products are actually able to break down harmful toxins, cleaning the air for occupants.
In truth, plaster has been a viable homebuilding option forever. Now it’s just a matter of upping the demand and getting more dealers to carry it.
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