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A Greener Deck Sealant – SoyGuard


Decks, siding, fences and outdoor furniture that face esposure to mother nature need periodic sealing and refinishing. SoyGuard is a safe, non-toxic, biobased sealant and finish that is easy to apply, deep penetrating and long lasting (guaranteed up to 2 years). Soyguard is a renewable product composed of 90% domestically grown agricultural material and is a great alternative to petroleum based products — which are often toxic and increase our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.

For each gallon of SoyGuard used to protect a wood deck instead of a petroleum-based wood sealer or stain, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is reduced by more than 19 pounds.

It all adds up.

$29.99 per gallon @

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Monday, July 16, 2007

monday’s mixed bag of green news


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Costa Rica’s Gaia Hotel & Reserve


Yearning to get away from the bustle of the city? Soak up the lush natural beauty of Costa Rica’s rainforest at the adults-only, 5-star Gaia Hotel & Reserve, where guest density is 1 human for every 620 square yards. Whether your ideal getaway includes adventure or not, options abound. Onsite, you’ll find sailing, kayaking, fishing, golf, scuba diving, surfing and tennis among the most obvious of excursions: hiking.

A Small Luxury Hotel of the World and member of the “Green” Hotels Association, Gaia was founded when a group of researchers arrived from Italy to establish a botanical garden and work toward the conservation of Costa Rica’s many endangered species. Now, still heavily involved in local conservation, the resort’s goal is to provide “a safe haven for the beautiful flora and fauna that is being squeezed out by condominium and hotel developers.”

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