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The greenest building is one already built.  Green features from big to small can be incorporated into any project.  The Natural Built Home Store ( and Moss Envy (, both located in Minneapolis, carry a wide variety of green products including countertops, flooring, paint, and building materials.

Natural Built Home Natural Built Home Moss Envy Moss Envy

Architectural salvage, reuse and surplus stores can also be found in our area. 

Many interior finish materials contain recycled content.  Recycled content is split into two categories: post-consumer and pre-consumer.  Post- consumer products contain recycled content provided by consumers, like recycled soda cans.  Pre-consumer products contain recycled content provided by consumers.  Pre-consumer products contain content resulting from manufacturing waste that is then recycled.

See below for more information on salvage/reuse/surplus, countertops, flooring, tile, paints and finishes, and furniture.

Minnesota Green Star – Residential Building Standards and Green Certification Program

US Green Building Council – Green Home Guide

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Residential Green Building

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Green Building Products and Materials

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Where to Find Products for Building Green

Home Depot LEED Initiative Points & Products Finder


Minnesota Materials Exchange

Twin Cities Free Market

Better Homes and Garbage - Sales and Salvage of Reusable Building Materials

The Green Institute – The Re-Use Center
1727 Hwy 36
Maplewood, MN 55109

All State Salvage
1354 Jasckson St.
St. Paul, MN 55117

Architectural Antiques
1330 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Art & Architecture
3338 University Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Bauer Brothers Salvage, Inc
2432 Second Street N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Building Materials Outlet
2795 Hwy 55 East
Eagan, MN 55121

City Salvage
507 First Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Guilded Salvage Antiques
4430 Lyndale Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55412

Northwest Architectural Salvage
981 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

Old Growth Woods & Mendota Mantels
1896 Norfolk Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Siwek Lumber & Millwork, LLC
2536 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
350 Valley View Dr.
Jordan, MN 55352

Waldon Woods
2612 Hwy 55 SE
Buffalo, MN 55313

Building Materials Reuse Associate – Contains Database


There are a variety of sustainable countertops available including recycled glass, paper, plastic, and metal.  The links below provide some resources for choosing a countertop.  The Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy carry a variety of countertops.

Natural Built Home Store

Ice Stone – recycled glass

PaperStone – recycled paper (also found at Moss Envy)

Eco – recycled porcelain, mirrors, glass, and stone (also found at Moss Envy)

Vetrazzo – recycled glass

Rinato – recycled glass

ShetkaStone – recycled paper


There are a variety of sustainable flooring choices available for flooring including cork, bamboo, natural linoleum, natural and recycled carpet, and finished concrete.  The links below provide some resources for flooring.  The Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy carry a variety of flooring products.

Eco-Friendly Flooring:  Green From the Ground Up (Mother Earth News)

Cork Flooring at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy

Cork Flooring at Home Depot (selection available in store varies)

Bamboo at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy

Empire Today - Cork and Bamboo

Lumber Liquidators – Cork and Bamboo

Unique Wood Floors – Cork and Bamboo
1201 5th St. S.
Hopkins, MN 55343

Floor Coverings International – Eco-Flooring Options
1153 E. Cliff Rd.
Burnsville, MN 55337

Linoleum at Natural Built Home Store

Armstrong Linoleum Flooring

Hardwood at Natural Built Home Store

Recycled Rubber Flooring at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy

The Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label/Green Label Plus provides testing for carpets and carpet cushions to ensure good indoor air quality.

Carpet at Natural Built Home Store and Moss Envy

Concrete Treatments Inc.
6737 LaBeaux Ave, Suite 3
Albertville, MN 55301

EDC Install Solutions, Inc. - Concrete polishing
6425 2nd Ave.
Newport, MN 55055

Polished Concrete Plus
6870 Hwy 10 NW
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379


Many tiles contain recycled materials including glass and metal.

Fantasia Showrooms – Recycled glass, metal and brick
275 Market Street, Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Kate-lo Tile & Stone

Plymouth MN Showroom
171 Cheshire Lane North, Suite 100

Burnsville MN Showroom
3201 West County 42

Oakdale MN Showroom
358 Helmo Ave. North

Glass Tile Oasis - Recycled Glass Tile

Natural Built Home Store

Paints and Finishes

Indoor air quality to be adversely affected by using paints and other finishes high in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  There are paints available containing low or no VOCs.  These can be found at the Natural Built Home Store and home improvement stores like the Home Depot.

Mythic Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store – Non-toxic, ultra low odor

Yolo Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store  - Zero VOC

Yolo Paints at Home Depot

Safecoat Paints & Primers at Natural Built Home Store – Zero VOC

American Clay at Natural Built Home Store  - plaster

Stains & Clear Finishes at Natural Built Home Store

Natural Finishes and Paints at Natural Built Home Store – Diluent/Reducer, Penetrating Oil, Wax

Concrete Stains at Natural Built Home Store

Soy Paint at Natural Built Home Store

Behr Low VOC Paint at Home Depot


Moss Envy Furniture

Baltix Sustainable Furniture
2160 Daniels Street
Long Lake, MN 55356

Erik Organic Furniture – Locally harvested wood
3125 East 78th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Jeff Builds Furniture - Made from reclaimed barn wood
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Worthington Direct - Eco-friendly school, office, daycare, and church furniture


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