Smart Shopping

These durable, efficient products will last for years-and save you money in the long run.

  • Print
  • |
  • Email
 Building Products  
Choose sustainably harvested and reclaimed wood flooring, or chemical-free recycled or manufactured alternatives such as carpet, stone, brick, and tile.

Armstrong; 800/233-3823 or 
EcoTimber; 415/258-8454 or 
Endura Wood Products; 503/233-7090 or 
Flooring Alternatives; 510/550-4449 or 
Golden Look; 800/433-5397 or 
Greener Lifestyles; 206/545-4405 or 
Interface FLOR; 866/281-3567 or 
Mohawk; 800/266-4295 or 
Teragren; 800/929-6333 or

Look for natural and recycled fibers without chemical additives or offgassing from volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Bonded Logic, Inc.; 480/812-9114 or 
InnoTherm; 828/466-1147 or 
Johns Manville; 800/654-3103 or 
GreenFiber; 800/228-0024 or

 Windows and Doors 
Opt for designs that minimize wear and tear. Seek Energy Star-certified products to help reduce power bills, and buy impact-resistant and UV-protective glass to guard your interiors.

Andersen Windows and Doors; 888/888-7020 or 
Comfort Line, Ltd.; 800/522-4999 or 
Henselstone Window & Door Systems; 540/937-5796 or 
JELD-WEN; 877/535-3462 or 
Marvin Windows and Doors; 888/537-7828 or 
Pella; 800/374-4758 or 
PGT WinGard; 
Simonton Windows; 800/542-9118 or

 Paints and Finishes 
Read labels to find finishes with low to no offgassing.

American Clay; 866/404-1634 or 
Auro; 888/302-9352 or 
Benjamin Moore; 
Ecological Paint; 520/628-1553 or 
Olympic, available at Lowe's; 800/445-6937 or 
Rodda Paint; 
Safecoat; 800/239-0321 or 
Sundance catalog's Prairie Paint; 800/422-2770 or 
Yolo Colorhouse; 503/493-8275 or

 Framework and Exterior Finishes 
Shop for hurricane-resistant bracing systems and low-maintenance composites that protect natural resources. These long-lasting products won't warp, rot, or crack, even in coastal environments.

AZEK; 877/275-2935 or 
Eldorado Stone; 
Simpson Strong Tie; 
Tamko Building Products (also offers composite roofing systems); 
TimberTech; 800/307-7780 or 
Trex; 800/289-8739 or 
Trimax Building Products; 866/987-4629 or

 Appliances and Fixtures 
Renovating a kitchen? Look for the Energy Star label on appliances. When shopping for bath fixtures, choose dual-flush toilets and other water-saving devices.

Broan; 800/558-1711 or 
GE Appliances; 800/626-2005 or 
Jenn-Air; 800/688-1100 or 
Lennox; 800/953-6669 or 
Moen; 800/289-6636 or 
NuTone; 888/336-3948 or 
Toto; 888/295-8134 or 
Viking; 888/845-4641 or 

Look for the Energy Star label here, too. The bulbs listed below last longer and save more energy than incandescent bulbs. They also help purify the air.

Greenlite; 800/930-2111 or 
Ozone Lite; 800/494-8292 or

Page 1

More Ways To Get Coastal Living



JavaScript must be enabled to use this Calendar module.

Top 21 Beaches, Coast to Coast

Plan your summer getaway now: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

The Cove Beach, Cape May, New Jersey