Important!  Please bear with us while we work on verifying the accuracy of these resources and reformat this information.

TLS is always searching for additional entries to share in this section of the resource guide. We welcome your suggestions and contributions. There are many commercially available materials made of hemp, kenaf, rice hulls, straw, bamboo, soy, sunflower seeds, recycled glass, and various fibers. We’ll try to include them here, but you can help by sharing those products you have discovered or use. We’d appreciate your help!

TLS assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of claims of the companies and/or products listed, nor does TLS guarantee or endorse the services, sales, or products themselves.


Bale needles can sometimes be found in farm and antique stores, farm uctions, junk shops.

Or make your own bale needle. All you need is a steel rod about 3/8-in to 1/2-in diameter or a flat piece of steel about 3/8-in to 1/2-in wide, about 28-in long or 32-in if you want a handle on it. If you use the steel rod, flatten one end, punch one or two holes in the flattened end. If you want a handle, bend the rod or flat piece of steel at an L about 4-in wide. The two holes are used by some people to keep track more easily of the twine or wire that goes on each side of the bale as itÕs being divided. You can add a notch in one side of the needle to hold the twine in place. (See TLS#51, Tech Tips, for more information.)

BALE PRESSES – Information posted on the TLS web site

BALESSee Straw Bales in this section of the resource guide.


American Bamboo Society. Bamboo Source List c/o Mike Bartholomew, ABS Publications Office, 750 Krumkill Rd, Albany NY, 12203-6976

Bamboo Fencer. 179 Boylston St, Jamaica Plain MA 02130; 800.775.8641, fax 617.524.6100 Traditional and non-traditional bamboo fences and gates, some woven with copper-clad steel wire.

Bamboo Flooring International. 20950 Currier Rd, Walnut CA 91789; <>

Bamboo Depot.  700A Independent Rd.,Oakland CA 94621; 888.273.6888, 520.430.2708, fax 520.430.9368

Basically Bamboo. PO Box 177, Kamuela HI 96743; 808.885.7722, fax 808.885.3431  Bamboo matting, gates, and other bamboo products for the home.


Eastern Star Trading Co. 405 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville IL, 800.522.0085. Bamboo poles and other garden equipment.


FrankÕs Cane & Rush Supply. 7252 Heil Ave, Huntington Beach CA 92647; 714.847.0707, fax 714.843.5645  All manner of tropical decor, including bamboo poles.


Inter-Mares Trading Co. 1064 Route 109, PO Box 617, Lindenhurst NY 11757; 800.229.2263 or 516.957.3467, fax 516.957.1005

<> Bamboo, wicker, cane, and rattan.


International Development Research Center. Tanglin, PO Box 9124, Singapore, Republic of Singapore; Bamboo and Rattan Research Network has published an annotated bibliography, ÒBamboo as an Engineering Material,Ó which covers a full range of construction-related topics.


Resource Fiber International. PO Box 11461, Bainbridge Island WA 98110; 206.842.1528

<> Source and develop bamboo products, and develop custom products.


Smith & Fong. 601 Grandview Dr, South San Francisco CA 94080; 650.872.1184,

fax 650.872.1185 <>  Plyboo flooring, paneling, gifts and other items made of bamboo.


Tradewinds Bamboo Nursery. 28446 Hunter Creek Loop, Gold Beach OR 97444, 541.247.0835,  A source for bamboo plants and books, as well as rhizome barriers, poles, flooring, paneling, and fertilizer.



Case Systems, Inc. 2700 James Savage Rd., Midland MI 48642; 989.496.9510, fax 989.496.9927 Case Systems Wheatstraw Casework.


CHEMICALS (copper sulfate and others)

J R Simplot. Utah;


Chemicals for mixing in plasters can usuallly be found at any agricultural chemical dealer.



American Clay Enterprises. LLC, 551 W Cordova Rd #458, Santa Fe NM 87505; 886.834.1634



DAWN  SouthWest.  6570 W Illinois St., Tucson AZ 85735; 520.624.1673; fax 520.882.8676

<> and Ask about other available materials.


Earth Accents (American Clay). 866.223.9990 


Hopper Handcrafted Specialty Finishes. Phoenix AZ; 602.273.1338 (earthen plasters)



ChemTone Acid Stain. 800.788.0014


Kemiko Concrete Stain. 903.587.3708


MasonÕs Select. Superdeck, 800.825.5382


Acid Stains for Concrete are available through concrete and buildersÕ supply companies including


For cement stamping supplies and ideas. Visit



Compressed Earth Block Machines. OSKAM V/F, Opperduit 66, 2941 Al Lekkerkerk, Holland;  +31 (0) 180 663998, fax +31 (0) 180 664380 <>


FIBER – Tom and Satomi Lander. HC66, Box 123, Kingston NM 88042; 505.895.5029; <> Fine straw fiber for earthen plaster/floors and natural paints.



Flame Stop II and Flame Stop I-DS. commercial applications for straw and thatch. Flame Stop, Inc., 877.397.7867


Inspecta-Shield. Northeast Fireshield, 631.563.0960


No-Char Fire Preventer. RainDance Enterprises LLC, PO Box 910, Tijeras NM 87059; 505.281.4040



Eco-Friendly Flooring. 100 S Baldwin St., Ste 100, Madison WI 53703; 866.250.3273, fax 608.441.3264 <>


EcoTimber. bamboo, engineered hard wood, salvaged/reclaimed wood, exotic hardwood flooring.

1611 4th St., San Rafael CA 94901; toll free 888.801.0855, 415.258.8584, fax 415.258.8455  Also available at Earth Accents, 866.223.9990


Green Building Supply. 800.405.0222 Bamboo, cork, Marmoleum, wood.


Natural Cork, Inc. 800.404.2675  Natural cork floors – eco-safe and durable.


Smith & Fong DuraPalm. coconut palm flooring and plywood, 866.835.9859



GreenKrete Buildling Systems. Ron Bessette or Kurt Kleinschnitz, 2007 W Grimes Ave., Fairfield IA 52556; 641.472.0067 (o), 866.306.0939 (sales), fax 642.472.0219 <>

Combines plant fibers (rice hulls, hemp hurds, kenaf) and ÒnaturalÓ cement into building blocks.



Gripple Inc. 313 Oswalt Ave, Batavia IL 60510; 630.406.0600


Laconia Earth Anchors. 603.598.9100  A low-tech tie-down option; may work for non-concrete foundation attachment.


Loos & Co. Naples FL; 800.321.5667



Used Ð antique and junk shops, auctions.



Hyde Manufacturing Company. 54 Eastford Road Southbridge, MA 01550; 800.872.4933, fax 508.765.5250 <> – Tom and Satomi Lander. HC66, Box 123, Kingston NM 88042; 505.895.5029 <> Japanese style wooden hawk.



Recycled Cotton Denim Insulation

UltraTouch. Bonded Logic, Inc., 411 East Ray Rd, Chandler AZ 85225; 480.812.9114  Known as blue jeans insulation, 85% post-industrial denim treated with borates, a fire retardant which also acts as an inhibitor to pests, mold and mildew. R-value 3.45-3.71 per inch depending on thickness, Class-A fire rating (60 minutes).


Johns Manville. Product Information Center, 800.654.3103; JM Headquarters, 303.978.2000

PO Box 5108, Denver CO 80217-5108

Thermal, Acoustical, Mold and Mildew Resistant Fiber Glass Insulation. Lightweight thermal, acoustical insulation. Long, resilient glass fibers bonded with acrylic thermosetting binder. Facing serves as integral vapor retarder additionally protected against potential fungi growth. Pre-cut batts, including EasyFit, that fit standard wall cavities. MRª Faced Batts are available in a variety of R-values up to R-38.



HLQ-125 Masonry and Plaster Sealer. Sinak Corp, San Diego CA; 800.523.3147


Keim Mineral Systems, Lewes DE; 302.644.1007


Moxie 1400 Sealer, Moxie International,




Cracker Barrel. 800.578.4889


The Craft Place. PO Box 150559, Grand Rapids MI 49515;



Balemaster, Digital Balemaster. Protimeter Inc., 500 Research Dr, Wilmington MA 01887;

800.321.4878  Also available through Building with Health Materials Center, PO Box 113. Carbondale CO 81623; 970.963.0437, fax 08-/073/3318



F-2000 Hay Moisture Testers. Delmhorst Instrument Company, 51 Indian Lane E, Towaco NJ 07082; 800.222.0638, fax 973.334.2657


New Holland Model HMT-2 by Farmex. Available from New Holland dealers.


Protimeter, Protimeter Mini, Protimeter

Hygromaster, Surveymaster. 87 Modular Ave., Commack NY 122725; Meter House, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow Bucks SL7 1LW England; +44 (0) 1628 472722, fax +44 (0) 1628 474312 <>; Protimeter, Zweignlederlassung dar Bowthorpe GmbH, Wilhelp Rupperstr. 38 D-61147 K8ln, Germany; (02203) 62091, fax (02203) 62700 Digital instrument for assessment of moisture levels in straw and hay bales.





Masonry Heater Association of North America. 1252 Stock Farm Rd., Randolph VT 05060; 802.728.5896, fax 802.728.6004




See also Catalog & Mail Order Sources, and listings in the appendices of books listed in the resource guide.


Building for Health Materials Center.

<> Non-toxic building materials; knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions about natural and healthy building options.


Environmental Home Center. 206.682.7332


Green Building Supply. 508 North 2nd St., Fairfield IA 52556; 800.405.0222, 641.469.5558,
fax 641.469.5601  Natural linoleum, bamboo, cork and other natural flooring; cabinetry, paints and finishes, and many other products and materials.



Lancelot. King Arthur Tools, 3645 Hartsfield Rd, Tallahassee FL 32303; 800.942.1300 Chain saw teeth around a wheel.


Twisted Wire Flat Wheel. Generally available at welding supply and industrial tool supply stores.



Bioshield. 3215 Rufina St., Santa Fe NM 87507; 800.621.2591, fax 505.438.0199

<> www.bioshield


Earth Accents. 866.223.9990  AFM Safecoat Paint.


Eco-House Inc. PO Box 220, Stn. A, Fredericton, New  Brunswick E3B 4Y9 Canada


Joelee Joyce – DAWN SouthWest. (See Natural Building Materials Showrooms and Sources for listing)


Keim Mineral Silicate Paint. Cohalan Company, Inc., 3 Port Lewes, Lewes DE 19958; 302.644.1007, fax 302.644.0866


Low- and No-VOC paints. Listing of manufacturers is available at:


Southern Diversified Products. 2714 Hardy St., Hattiesburg MS 39401; 601.264.0442  American Price Vegetable oil-based Latex Paint (Interior Latex Paint).


Frank & Ingrid Leusch Thomas. Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow Strawbale Construction, 16 Fisherman Rd., St Georges Basin, New South Wales, Australia; 61 (0) 2 4443 5282, mobile 61 (0) 408415806 <>  Specializing in natural paints, renders and surface treatment products including casein and render primer, clay, casein lime paints, marble fiber and soft fiber render, floor ois and waxes, pigments, lime putty



Radiant floor heating PEX plumbing supplies.



Carlson Systems. 8990 F Street, Omaha NE 68127-1491; 800.233.7447


Portable Strap-Pak. National Bag Company, 2233 Old Mill Rd, Hudson OH 44236; 800.247.6000


La Habra Products Inc. 1631 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim CA 92803; 714.774.1186


Omega Products Corp. Midwest Sales,



Thoro Wall. Harris Specialty Chemicals, Jacksonville FL; 800.327.1570



Arizona Bag Company. 602.272.1333



U-Line Shipping Supply. 800.958.5463


Frank W. Winne & Son Inc. 44 N Front St,

Philadelphia PA;  888.266.7590, fax 888.266.9555



Keith Robertson – Sons Devel-opment Co. and Green Building Supply. 563 Idaho/Maryland Rd., Grass Valley CA 95945; 530.273.7875 <>

Emphasis on recycled beams, materials.


Scott Turner, Birch Creek Builders.1924 Haywire Ln., Corvaillis MT 59828; 406.369.0584,

fax 406.961.4046 <>



Caristrap¨ International Inc. 1760 Fortin Blvd., Laval , Quebec, Canada H7S 1N8, 450.667.4700, fax 450.663.1520 <>,



Oryzatech, Inc. PO Box 429, Yolo, CA 95697 Called O Block also.  The culm ( the rice straw stalk extremely high in silica) block derived from California rice straw contains thick-gauged, recycled wire webbing reinforcing the block for structural support, as well as conveniently providing a surface for stucco application that seals the wall from harsh weather. (See TLS#42, p19 and TLS #53 p10)



Ashland School of Environmental Technology. David Ward, President, 5765 Colver Rd., Talent OR 97540

Strawjet system uses the strength of undamaged straw by bundled into 4-in.x4-in. continuous ÒbeamÓ which is then coated with a plaster-like papercrete (a mixture of paper pulp, clay bearing soil, and Portland cement). The 4×4 can be cut to desired length and combined to form rafters, panels or other structural forms. (See TLS #53, p10)



Prestowall. Affordable Building Systems, 2747 State Hwy 160 Whitewright, TX 75491; 866.364.1198, 903.364.1198, fax 903.364.1108



Agriboard. Agriboard Industries, PO Box 151, Electra TX 76360; 940.495.3590, fax 940.495.3597 A straw panel system of compressed wheat or rice straw covered in a stress-skin of OSB that has both  structural and insulative properties. Also used in roof systems. Commonly known as a SIP (structural insulated panel) or SIP system.


Rocky Mountain Environmental Services. a division of Gen-X Systems Ltd., Jason Whitfield, Box 1658, Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0 Canada; ph/fax 877.782.6839 <>



Thermafleece. sheepsÕ wool thermal insulation. More information at:


Australians also use sheepsÕ wool thermal insulation. Contact AUSBALE members for information. See Associations/Guilds/Networks for AUSBALE web site address.



Before you buy, read Bale Wisdom on the TLS web site (click on Back Issues and scroll to 2003 Resource Guide or Command or Control F and type in Bale Wisdom). Remember that ÒhayÓ is not Òstraw.Ó Hay is baled grasses; straw is baled stalks of grain crops.


We have moved the TLS Bale Suppliers list to the web site so that you will have a more up-to-date and interactive database to use as you search for bales anda more extensive list of suppliers. There is a link at and on the TLS web site for the Hay Exchange list ( and for AgriSeek

( to broaden your search and for rice straw.

Other sources might be the grain associations in your state, local cooperatives, and nearby farmers and ranchers. Check with associations and networks listed in this Resource Guide as another sources for bales. See Human Resource List 2006 for additional suppliers.

Please let us know about your sources for bales so we can share that  information with others. Thanks!



PrimeBoard. 2441 N 15th St., Wahpeton ND 58075; 701.642.3286, fax 701.642.3287,

<> Particle board-like product made from wheat straw and a non-toxic, emission-free binding agent. Meets same specifications as industrial-grade particle-board.


Meadowood Industries, Inc.  <>

GrassBoard and MeadowBoard are designer materials used in residential and commercial buildings as accent walls, ceilings, room dividers, and as components for cabinetry produced from rye grass stems.



Humabuilt. 16869 SW 65th Ave #335, Lake Oswego, OR 97035; 503.699.0052, fax 503.697.3982




Ortech. (03) 9580 7766 <>  Australian manufactured straw wall and ceiling panels.


Solomit. (03) 9793 3088  <>  An Australian straw panel product; straw is reinforced with galvanized wire running along the full length of the sheets and held in compression with wire stitches.



Elastomeric Specialists. 866.352.7835 All-Weather Extreme EWC elastomeric stucco coating; Flex Seal Coat, high performance elastomeric coating for stucco, and other products.



Landware – Plaster Reinforcement Mesh. 4800 E Monument St., Baltimore MD 21205; 877.452.6397 <>



ecker Manufacturing. PO Box 370, Keokuk IA 52632; 319.524.3304 Galvanized Loxit clips. Order Item #00-B.14 ga.



Building for Health Materials Center. 970.963.0437 (See Natural Building Materials Showrooms & Sources for listing.)


Lanzadora Stucco Gun. Westox, Corregimento 21411; Independencia, Santiago, Chile, ph/fax 562.732.1573


Quick Spray Carousel. Quik Spray Inc, Port Clinton OH; 419.732.2611


MAKE YOUR OWN: Homemade Spray Gun, Plaster Pump Designs. TLS #13, Winter 1996; TLS #39 Fall 2002, p 17; TLS #42, Spring 2003, p 27.



Topleem. Contact Erik Vermue at <> for more information about this product manufactured in The Netherlands.



Natural Craft Supply. 1831 North Belcher Rd. Ste B-2, Clearwater, FL 33765; 877.770.5500, fax 727.669.0700  Offers a small collection of completely organic, chemical-free products including wheat paste and rice starch.



The following organizations offer valuable information on window selection, energy efficiency facts and tools, plus product lists and locators.


Efficient Windows Collaborative. Washington DC; 202.530.2245


Energy Star Windows. 888.782.7937 Voluntary partnership between DOE, EPA, and the fenestration industry to promote energy efficient windows, doors, and skylights. The Energy Star Window label is placed on products that meet energy efficiency performance standards.


National Fenestration Rating Council. Silver Spring MD; 301.589.6372


Building Materials and Products Databases

The databases listed below may not be continuously updated but provide a source of information to begin your search. TLS assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of claims of the companies and/or products listed, nor does TLS guarantee or endorse the services, sales, or products themselves.


Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES)  The National Institute of Standards and TechnologyÕs computer program in which the life-cycle impacts of different materials can be determined and analyzed.


Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), A Tool for Selecting Sustainable Materials. Minnesota Building Materials Database.


Ecological Architectural Resource Guide (ARG), a product listing and technical resource to help architects, designers, builders, developers, and homeowners identify and select products for sustainable design and construction. Primarily for West Coast and ADPSR members (Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility). Contact: ADPSR National Forum, 415.974.1306 ADPSR Northern California Chapter, PO Box 9126, Berkeley CA 94709; 510.845.1000,


Green Building Products  Published by Building Green as an annual list of the best green products.


GreenSage. Online source for green and sustainable building materials.


OikosGreen Product Directory  An online database updated regularly with the marketÕs newest and ost widely used green buildlng products.


Sustainable Building Sourcebook, See also Internet Resources section of this resource guide.


Natural Building Materials Showrooms and Sources



Originate Natural Building Materials Showroom – Natasha Winnik. 526 N Ninth Ave., Tucson, AZ  85705; 520.792.4207

Our thanks to Natasha Winnick for providing this list of Natural Building Materials Showrooms!


Joelee Joyce – DAWN SouthWest. 6570 W Illinois St., Tucson AZ 85735; 520.624.1673; fax 520.882.8676 <> and



Eco  Design ResourcesÐSanta Carlos – Alicia Peche. 633 Quarry Rd. Ste A, San Carlos, CA;


Eco Design ResourcesÐSanta Cruz – Alicia Peche. 1014 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA  95060; 831.421.0588


Green Fusion Design Center, 14 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960; 415.454.0174,
fax 415.454.0173



Hayward Lumber – Steve Brauneis. 10 Ragsdale Dr. Ste 100, Monterey, CA 93940; 831.643.1900;


Livingreen – Ellen Strickland. 218 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara, CA  93101; 886.966.1319



Bighorn Materials – Don Sather. 1241 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO  80498; 970.513.1575 <>


Building for Health Materials Center – Cedar Rose Guelberth. 102 Main St., Carbondale, CO 81623;  800.292.4838, 970.963.0437


ECO Products, Inc.- Steve Savage. 3665 Frontier St., Boulder, CO  80301; 303.449.1876


Gaiam/Real Goods (combining Jade Mountain and Real Goods), Gaiam, Inc., 360 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield CO 80021; 800.919.2400, Overseas orders 303.222.8700, fax 800.456.1139, Technical fax 303.222.3599, International
fax 303.222.3599  <>


Planetary Solutions – Paula Moseley. 2030 17th St., Boulder, CO  80302; 303.442.6228



Straw, Sticks & Bricks – Jen Carlson. 115 W 18th St. (between Baltimore & Wyandotte);  816.421.7171




Plan-It-Green. 1400 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; 847.864.9098



Green Building Supply. 508 N 2nd St., Fairfield, IA 52556; 641.469.5558



Birch Creek Builders – Scott Turner. 1924 Haywire Ln., Corvallis MT 59828; 406.369.0584, fax 406.961.4096 <>

Reclaimed material available.



Straw, Sticks & Bricks – Jen Carlson. 720 P St., Lincoln, NE 68508; 402.435.5176, toll free 877.435.5176 <> 



E.C.O.-Environmental Construction Outfitters – Paul Novack. 901 E 134th St., Bronx, NY 10454; 718.292.0626



Environmental Building Supplies-Portland. 819 SE Taylor St., Portland, OR  97214; 503.222.3881, fax 503.222.3756


Environmental Building Supplies-Bend. 550 SW Industrial Way Unit 32, Bend, OR 97702;



Eco-Wise – Jim Holland. 110 W Elizabeth St., Austin, TX  78704; 512.326.4474 <>



The Green Building Center – Ashley Patterson. 1952 E 2700 S, Salt Lake City, UT  84106;



Environmental Home Center. 4121 1st Ave South,

Seattle, WA 98134; 800.281.9785



Eco-Friendly Flooring. 100 S Baldwin St., Ste 110, Madison WI 53703; 866.2503273, fx 608.441.3264 <>  Women-owned

wholesale; bamboo, cork, recycled glass tile, reclaimed wood and more. Ship nationwide.



Harvest Homes. Ben Polley, Hillsburgh, ON Canada;  519.242.4681 <>

Canadian source for bale specific, other natural materials and buyers co-ops for preferential pricing of common materials.  Finishes, flooring, fiberglass windows, hydronic equipment and more.



Womersleys. Walkley Ln, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PG, UK; 01.924.400.651