The term 'green' can mean several different things. It could mean that you are reducing your home's carbon footprint by keeping it well-insulated thereby reducing your dependence on fossil fuels. It could mean you are using a renewable product, instead of depleting the earth of her natural resources. It could also mean that you are choosing solutions to insulate your home that are all-natural as opposed to chemical-based. Or, it could be all of the above. With today's available technology, there is no reason that your insulation choice for your tiny home has to be an 'either- or' decision. The tiny house movement is based on reducing one's carbon footprint and living a simpler, greener life.

1. Newspaper: Recycled newspaper, or cellulose, is shredded and blown into the wall cavities after construction. It;s natural insulating properties have been used for a long time. In fact, some Canadians have been re-using their daily papers this way since 1919. Plus, it's a great way to breathe new life into old newspaper. In order to install, you need to rent a hopper and blower system, but it is extremely easy to use. 

2. Wool: Wearing a wool sweater keeps us warm, but it can also keep your tiny house warm. Sheep's wool is one of the most renewable products on the market. Once shorn, the sheep just grows more wool. Wool not only keeps sheep warm, but it has an outer layer that resists moisture that continues to resist moisture in your walls. As an added bonus, wool insulation is easy to install, making it a great do-it-yourself project for tiny house builders. 

3. Denim: Fabric scraps from the cutting room floor of blue jean factories around the world are now recycled into batt insulation that you can purchase at your local home improvement super store. The untreated cotton is on a paper backing just like the traditional rolls of pink insulation, except -- of course -- it's blue. Installation is the same easy process as the pink stuff, too. As you might suspect, the Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters is insulated with this form of denim insulation in the ultimate display of standing by your product. 

4. Soybean: Spray foam is a great insulation product in that it expands to fill every last nook and cranny, keeping out cold air. It is, however, petroleum-based. Petroleum-based products not only depend on a non-renewable resource, but they can be potential carcinogenic. Luckily, scientists figured out a way to make spray foam from soybeans. This vegetable-based spray foam has the same great insulating qualities, but is a renewable and all-natural resource. Like all spray foams, however, the product can expand rapidly and, if you aren't not experienced with its application, can cause damage to your tiny home. Use a professional installation service. 

5. Stone: Slag is the term used for stones and rocks leftover during industrial projects. Normally, this would just be discarded, but it is now pulverized and spun into batt insulation that can be easily installed by the average tiny home owner. Often called 'mineral wool', this fiber-like stone insulation is a great way to use up scraps and put a natural product between your walls. As an added bonus, this slag is often locally-sourced, fire retardant, and cuts down on noise. 

A tiny house is often a labor of love. Love for the building process, love for what the house represent for you, and love for the earth and her longevity. Getting additional info and using an insulation that is green in every sense of the word is just a continuation of that love. Choose wisely.  

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