Home and Office:

Appliances:

The green guide looked for appliances with the following attributes: HCFC Free, Moisture sensor, Self-cleaning, Convection, Secondhand, as well as appliances with ENERGY STAR® rating.

Appliance buying tips – Energy Solutions Centre
Appliance Operating Tips
– Energy Solutions Centre
Front-Loading Clothes Washers
– Energy Solutions Centre
What you need to know about appliances
– Natural Resources Canada

Art & craft supplies:

The green guide looked for the following attributes in art and craft supplies; non-toxic, Yukon made or grown, organic and/or natural materials, handmade, recycled and those with low or zero VOC’s as well as products with EcoLogo™ or ACMI AP Seal labels.


Safe Use of Arts and Crafts Materials
– Health Canada
Safety in the arts
– Canadian Child Care Federation
ACMI’s searchable database – Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI)
ACMI’S listing of Certified Products
– 590 KB February 10, 2010.

Children’s products:

The green guide looked for the following attributes in children’s products; BPA free, PBDE free, Phthalate free, PVC free, Handmade, Natural materials, Nontoxic, Organic, Recycled, Secondhand, Unbleached fibres, and Yukon-made as well as products with EcoLogo™ or GreenGuard® labels.

Chemicals and Children’s Health – Government of Canada
Protecting Children’s Health – Government of Canada

Cleaning products:

The green guide looked for the following attributes in cleaning products; Non-Toxic, VOC free, Biodegradable, Paraben free, Phosphate free, made in Canada, Eco Packaging, Plant based, Chlorine free, NPE Free as well as products with EcoLogo™ or GreenSeal labels.

Good Stuff? – Cleaning Products – WorldWatch Institute

Paints and other chemicals:

The green guide looked for the following attributes in paints and other chemicals products: Non-Toxic, VOC free, Biodegradable, Paraben free, Phosphate free, made in Canada, Eco Packaging, Plant based, Chlorine free, NPE Free as well as products with EcoLogo™ or GreenSeal labels.

Good Stuff? – Paint & Varnishes – WorldWatch Institute

Construction & renovation:

Alternative building methods: The green guide looked for  those offering specific building methods and whether or not that method had been applied as a; Specialty, in the Yukon, Public building, Private building, Demonstration project, or  as the Main construction method.

Building certification: The green guide looked for construction projects meeting LEED, R-2000, YHC GreenHome, or YHC SuperGreen standards.

People building certifications: The green guide looked for People with R-2000, EnerGuide Evaluator, or LEED certifications.

Maintenance or repair service:The green guide looked for those offering repair and maintenance services for Batteries, Motors, Power tools, or Sharpening services.

Building materials and components:The green guide looked for the following attributes in construction and renovation: building materials and components: Yukon sourced, Yukon made, Recycled as well as those meeting FSC, SFI, or CSA certification.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Doors – Energy Solutions Centre
Windows, doors and skylights
– Natural Resources Canada

Flooring: The green guide looked for specific flooring products as well as flooring meeting CRI – Green Label or Green Label Plus, EcoLogo™, FSC, GREENGUARD, or SFI standards.

Insulation:The green guide looked for BioBased, HFC free, PBDE free, Formaldehyde free, Natural fibres, Non-toxic, and Recycled content and SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) as well as products meeting EcoLogo™ standards.

Plumbing equipment:The green guide looked for specific water or energy efficient products as well as products meeting the WaterSense certification.

Windows and window coverings:The green guide looked for Low E + Argon (or other inert gas), Energy efficient, Made in Canada, Quadruple glaze, Recycled, Secondhand, Triple glaze, and Yukon made.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Windows – Energy Solutions
Windows, doors and skylights
– Natural Resources Canada

Heat and energy:

Alternative energy equipment and services: Equipment, Installation, Maintenance, and Consultation services.

Space heating equipment and services: Equipment, Installation, and Maintenance services.

Let’s Clear the Air About Wood Smoke – Environment Yukon

Water heating equipment and services: Equipment, Installation, and Maintenance services.

Residential Water Heating – Energy Solutions
Domestic hot water equipment eligible for a grant
– Natural Resources Canada

Funding/rebate programs:

Good Energy Program – Energy Solutions Centre
Home Repair Program

Natural Resources Canada Residential Program - Natural Resources Canada

Dry cleaning:

The green guide looked for the following dry cleaning attributes; Wet cleaning, PERC Free.

Good Stuff? – Dry Cleaning – WorldWatch Institute

Electronics:

The green guide looked for the following attributes in electronics: Renewable Energy Technologies, Secondhand as well as products meeting ENERGY STAR® or EcoLogo™ standards and those offering repair services and take back programs.

Good Stuff? – Computers – WorldWatch Institute
Good Stuff? – Cell Phones – WorldWatch Institute

Furnishings:

Soft furnishings and kitchenware: The green guide looked for the following attributes in soft furnishings and kitchenware: BPA free, PVC free, Biodegradable, Handmade, Yukon materials, Natural fibres, Recycled content, Secondhand, Stainless steel, Recyclable, Yukon made as well as products that were Certified Organic.

Carpets and rugs: The green guide looked for the following attributes in carpets and rugs: PVC free, PBDE free, Low or Zero VOC’s, Biodegradable, Handmade, Yukon sourced materials, Natural fibres, Recycled content, Secondhand, Yukon made as well as products meeting CRI (Green Label or Green Label Plus), Ecologo™ or Certified Organic standards.

Furniture and mattresses: The green guide looked for the following attributes in furniture and mattresses: BioBased (particle board or *MDF), PBDE free, Biodegradable, Handmade, Natural fibres, Recycled content, Secondhand, Formaldehyde free, Yukon made as well as products meeting FSC (wood) and Certified Organic standards.

Good Stuff? – Furniture – WorldWatch Institute

Lighting: The green guide looked for specific products that are believed to be more energy efficient options including; Light Emitting Diode (LED), Compact fluorescent and Flashlight/lantern (hand-powered).

Residential lighting – Natural Resources Canada
Good Stuff? – Lighting – WorldWatch Institute

Office equipment and supplies: The green guide looked for the following attributes in office supplies: Renewable Energy Technologies, Secondhand as well as products meeting ENERGY STAR® or EPEAT® standards and those offering repair services and take back programs.

The Environmentally Responsible Green Office at a Glance – Public Works and Government Services Canada
David Suzuki at work – toolkit

Paper & printing products: The green guide looked for the following attributes; 100% Post consumer recycled content, Secondhand, Non-petroleum based inks, Aqueous coating (water-based lacquer coating), Non-chlorine bleached as well as products meeting the FSC standards.

Good Stuff? – Paper – WorldWatch Institute

Clothing & apparel: The green guide looked for the following attributes in clothing and apparel products; Organic content, Handmade, Yukon made, Natural fibres, Recycled content, Secondhand, and Yukon grown fibres as well as venues offering the following services: Accepts items for reuse or Consignment.

Good Stuff? – Clothing – WorldWatch Institute

Personal care products: The green guide looked for the following attributes: Biodegradable, Organic content, Eco packaging, Yukon made, Non-toxic, Non-chlorine bleached, Reusable, DEET free, Ozybenzone free.

Good Stuff? – Personal care – WorldWatch Institute
Good Stuff? – Soap – WorldWatch Institute

Pet and animal products: The green guide looked for the following attributes in pet and animal products; Bulk, All natural, Yukon Made, Yukon Grown, Made in Canada, Non-toxic, Recycled content, Biodegradable as well as products meeting Certified Organic standards.

Pets for the Environment – Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Pet Eco-tips – Environment Canada

Recycling and disposal: The green guide looked to identify appropriate disposal options for household waste materials including: Recyclable – Nonrefundable, Recyclable – Refundable, Recyclable – Fee for Service, Exchange/re-use, Compostable, Landfill is the ONLY option as well as to identify the disposal options for household hazardous waste materials including; Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection Day, Fee for service and Accepted for proper disposal.