Wool Insulation- Havelock Wool
There is nothing like a wool fiber. Nature’s R&D department looks back some 10,000 years. Wool fiber has evolved to protect sheep from the elements – hot and cold; damp and dry. The same goes for your van. Wool inherently manages moisture against 65% relative humidity (see below for more), absorbs harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, NOx and SO2, crushes road noise and can be reused or composted (to grow award-winning heirloom tomatoes) should you choose to move into a new rig.
We combine the best technical features available with a clean and simple design. The results are extremely versatile products that fit for every trip and everyday.
Choose the Green Package and get this sustainable wool as the insulation in your van!
Blue Kill Pine- Ceiling
Beetle Kill Pine is the result of blue stain fungus that spreads from bark beetles to Whitebark Pine trees. The blue stain pine fungus works symbiotically with the beetles by turning the tree wood into nutrients. Healthy trees would usually expel the beetles by producing resin, but cycles of warm weather have weakened many trees and prevented them from producing enough of their defensive resin.
A byproduct of the damage done by this hungry duo is a strong and beautiful piece of blue pine lumber that is streaked with a natural blue-grey stain. The beetles do not weaken or contaminate the wood, and the fungi is actually burnt away during the kiln drying process. Affordable, eco-friendly blue stain pine is all that is left behind.
Choose the Green Package and get this unique wood as the ceiling in your van.
Want to visit your local parks and feel good about it? Now you can, by offsetting your van’s carbon footprint. Based off of driving 20,000 miles per year, your carbon footprint (per year) is around 15,552 lbs of CO2e. That's equivalent to planting 181 urban trees. Now through The Vansmith and Terrapass, you can offset all the driving you do in your van!
Our green package offsets the gasoline you burn for 5 years, if you drive 20,000 miles a year. Don’t drive that many miles a year? Then you have offset your van for even longer!
Start small. Be conscious of the impact your actions have on the environment and figure out what you can do to lessen the blow. Calculate, conserve, and offset.
Bamboo is an extremely sustainable plant and doesn't typically need fertilizer, pesticides or irrigation to improve it's growth. Because of this we have chosen to use bamboo in our Green Package. Fear not, bamboo still performs just as well, if not better, than our typical countertops . Bamboo is durable, hard and easy to refinish.
Choose the Green Package and get this unique wood as the countertop in your van.
"TO TRAVEL IS WORTH ANY COST OR SACRIFICE"
OUR GREEN STANDARDS
Whether you choose the Green Package or not, rest assured that we choose green where we can.
Low VOC (Volatile Organic Chemical) Glues and Adhesives
You are going to spend a lot of time in your van (at least we hope so). We don't want you to be constantly breathing in harsh chemicals in your van! So, we choose to use healthier adhesives where applicable.
Wood Finishing- OSMO
When finishing our countertops and cabinets we use all natural OSMO Oil. OSMO offers a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to standard wood finishing. The products are based on rapidly renewable, natural vegetable oils that penetrate deeply into the wood, keeping it elastic and healthy, whilst preventing it from drying and becoming brittle. Low VOC and solvent free.
We try our hardest to source our products from local suppliers.
Construction projects can often be wasteful. Not here at The Vansmith. When designing our cabinets we nest items as efficiently as possible to reduce scrap material where possible.
OMAZE X THE VANSMITH
You may recognize this sprinter van conversion from an Omaze campaign to raise money to support Alex Honnold's Non-Profit - The Honnold Foundation.
Here is the video from the campaign for you to enjoy!
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