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Eco friendly Paint

September 3, 2010

Here is one more step towards saving our earth from global warming and our health. Lot of people give least importance, while painting the house.It shouldn’t be like that.

If your remodel plans include painting, it’s well worth your time to look at the eco friendly paint options that are available on the market today. Traditional paint emits lots of nasty chemicals that contribute to poor indoor air quality, and can cause serious health risks.

Understanding the risks associated with traditional paint and knowing your options will help you to make wise and well-informed choices when buying new paint.

What’s Wrong With Traditional Paints?

It’s been said, by the EPA, that the air indoors is up to 5 times worse than the air outdoors. Since most of us spend most of our waking hours indoors, that fact should be extremely concerning.

To understand why traditional paints are harmful, it’s important to understand something called VOC’s, or Volatile Organic Compounds.

VOC’s are carbon-based chemicals that are found in paint and other products. When the paint is applied to your wall, the VOC’s are released into the air. The highest concentration of VOC’s is released when the paint is applied, but paint can actually continue to “off-gas” these harmful chemicals for up to 5 years!

Traditional paints have a high concentration of volatile compounds – sometimes more than 400 grams per liter.

But, you’ve got to paint your house, right? The solution to having a beautiful home while being healthy and environmentally conscious is to choose eco friendly paint.

What Is Eco Friendly Paint?

There are a number of eco friendly paint options available on the market now, we’ll try to explain them all to you in terms that are easy to understand. I don’t know about you, but when people start throwing scientific terms at me, I get lost in a hurry!

In theory, eco friendly paints include any paint that is approved by the EPA as having a low concentration of VOC’s, also known as low VOC paint. Because these paints have a smaller concentration of VOC’s, they are healthier for you and the environment.

But, let’s take it a step further. Beyond low VOC paints, there are also zero VOC paints and even natural paints that are made with natural products, making them especially green. Understanding the options that are available to you is key in making decisions.

Low VOC Paint

We’ve already established that low VOC paint has less than 1/2 the chemicals that are present in traditional paints. The EPA regulates what can be marketed as a low VOC product, so you can rest assured that all paints marketed as low VOC has met certain standards.

Zero VOC Paint

There are now eco friendly paint options on the market now that have Zero VOC’s. These products, too, are managed by the EPA. It’s important to note that paints must go through an approval process before they can be sealed as a zero VOC paint.

Organic Paint Choices

Organic Paint is another option for those looking to improve indoor air quality and the health of their families. There are a growing number of options available on the market, but cost and color choice may be a factor in whether or not you decide to use a natural paint product.

Things To Remember When Painting

Even if you are using eco friendly paint, you should still protect yourself, especially during application. Use proper protection to keep yourself and your family safe.

Always paint in well-ventilated areas. Even if you are using a low VOC or Zero VOC paint, it will emit some gases, especially until the paint is dry. Good ventilation will help to reduce any negative affects.

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