I need to replace insulation. I'm chemically sensitive and need product suggestions.

Asked by Laura
Quincy, CA

I hear that wood-eating insects like to nest in polystyrene. I live in a very wet climate in winter.


Dear Laura,

I would suggest Bonded Logic's UltraTouch insulation. It is made from recycled blue jeans; it is 85% post-industrial recycled. Naturally it is light blue in color, soft and it does not irritate skin. It meets ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness.

I have also been happy when using blown-in cellulose insulation. The brand I have used is called GreenFiber Cocoon. This is made from 85% engineered paper fiber obtained from recycled newspapers and paper products. Made from locally available materials, GreenFiber insulation is manufactured at 11 plants strategically located across the U.S. It has fire-retardant qualities (see their website for ASTM fire ratings). It was easy to use and did not itch like fiberglass. It can be blown into ceilings, walls and floors.

For more information:

Read Green Home Guide's Buyer's Guide to Green Insulation to learn more about safe and energy efficient insulation options.

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