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Non toxic paints, a win win situation!

Posted by: Cindy Lam

In today’s market, there are vast products that are made with the environment in mind.  From wall paper to shoes, designers are more conscious about the products they specify and the long term use of such things.  Last week I talked about the psychology of paint colors and with that said, I’m sure some of you may want to consider the different options you have when it comes to the types of paints you can use. 

For those of you who are not familiar with low VOC points, VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound.  This means chemicals are released by certain interior paints affecting indoor air quality which may trigger asthma attacks, eye irritation and respiratory problems, nausea and dizziness among other symptoms.  For products to be categorized as low-VOC and zero-VOC, paints must meet standards set by the U.S. Environmental protection agency. 

There are many alternative paint options we can choose from such as: Low Odor or Low VOC Paint, Zero VOC Paint and Non-Toxic or Natural Paint.  Low VOC paints use water as a carrier instead of petroleum based solvents.  There are harmful emissions as regular paint but there is a lower solvent coating therefore making it a Low VOC.  Zero VOC paint with VOC’s in the range of 5 grams or less can be considered “Zero VOC” according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  High fumes in some paints can cause eye and throat irritation, as well as headaches, nausea and dizziness. 

Why not use paint that is good for your family and better for our world?  The next time you go out to buy gallons of paint, you may want to consider the health hazards it has on your environment.  Many people are discouraged that low VOC paints cost more than the regular paints but to my surprise, there is not a big difference between the two.


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