While pink batt insulation is a perfectly acceptable building material, there are some homeowners, tiny home builders in particular, that are curious about other, greener, home insulation options.Luckily, there are plenty of choices on the market, from new products to tried-and-true.
1. Denim: Levi & Strauss, the original denim makers in the United States, noticed that they had excessive scraps of denim on the cutting room floor of their factory, so they did something about it. They created rolls of batt insulation with it and used it to insulate their headquarters in San Francisco. Luckily, you can now buy the same product at your local home improvement super store.
2. Cork: Sheets of cork are an eco-friendly alternative to rigid insulation on the exterior of a tiny home. Unbeknownst to most people, cork is the hand-harvested bark from trees in warmer climates near Spain and Portugal. It was discovered over 300 years ago and has slowly gained a following ever since. The bark grows back quickly and the removal doesn't hurt the tree at all. Plus, harvesting without mechanical means keeps the carbon footprint of this product very low.
3. Wool: Another tried-and-true insulation is wool. Natural wool, or rock wool as it is sometimes called, has been used for generations. Modern construction now uses it as a batt insulation for ease of installation. As can be expected, if you are allergic to wool, using it as insulation may bot be your best choice.
4. Cellulose: Blown in insulation is another for eco-friendly insulation because it is made from recycled newspapers. The product is blown in to wall and ceiling cavities. The machinery can be rented at home improvement stores everywhere and is a popular weekend project for DIY folks.
5. Hemp: One of the newer players in the green insulation game is hemp. This sustainable fiber can be transformed into both a blown-in insulation as well as a semi-rigid product.
6. Flax: Another plant-based form of insulation is flax. The plants are a fast maturing plant that is naturally pest resistant in the field and naturally fire resistant in your home. The plant's fibers are spun into a batt insulation that is just as easy to install as the traditional, pink fiberglass batt insulation.
7. Cob: While not a form of insulation exactly, cob bears mentioning here. Cob (not corn cobs) is a naturally insulating building material. Soil, straw, and water are combined and applied to a substrate. The cob then dries to a hardened material that insulates well from heat.
If you want to select a greener option of insulation for your home, there are plenty of products on the market that are both well-insulating and easy to install. For more information, contact a company like All Weather Insulation today.