When people think about remodeling their homes, it’s not surprising that they often forget about green products, such as eco friendly paint. Most people don’t even know that traditional paint emits harmful chemicals that can cause poor air quality in your home as well as posing serious health risks to you and your family. The first step towards using eco friendly paint is understanding why traditional paint should be a product of the past.
Why Are Traditional Paints So Bad?
The EPA has reported that the air inside our homes is easily up to five times more polluted than the air outside, depending on your location. This may not be too alarming if you live outside, but since most of us spend the majority of our waking hours indoors, I’m sure this has piqued your attention.
There are things called VOC’s, an abbreviation of Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC’s are the reason why traditional paints are so harmful. VOC’s aren’t only found in paints either, they are also found in many other products. Because VOC’s are carbon-based chemicals, once paint is applied to your walls, the VOC’s are released into the air of your home. The absolute highest concentration of these chemicals is emitted when traditional paints are first applied, but they can continue to leak from your walls for up to five years after application.
Traditional paints have an incredibly high concentration of VOC’s. Sometimes traditional paints have more than 400 grams of VOC’s per liter! That’s a lot of poison in the air you breathe. But if you can’t use traditional paint in your house, what can you use? The answer is eco friendly paint, allowing your home to be both beautiful and environmentally conscious.
How is Eco Friendly Paint Different?
Due to an increasing awareness in the dangers of traditional paints, many manufacturers are now producing eco friendly paint options.
The difference between traditional paint and eco friendly paint is that eco friendly paint has been approved by the EPA as having a low concentration of VOC’s. Usually, eco friendly paint will have something on the label that says it’s low VOC paint.
There is also eco friendly paint with zero VOC’s. There are also natural eco friendly paints that are made with natural and sometimes organic products, making them incredibly environmentally friendly.
Organic paint, the especially eco friendly paint, also has a growing number of options available on the market today. Eco friendly paint may cost a bit more and the organic paint may not come in all the color varieties that you would like in your home, so that may be a factor that decides which eco friendly paint you use.
A Final Note on Safety
It’s good to remember that even when using eco friendly paint, the room or area you are painting should be well ventilated. All paint types emit gasses that can be harmful until the paint is dry. Eco friendly paint will not emit as much, or any, VOC’s, but it still releases other gasses. Keeping your home well ventilated while painting will help reduce any negative effects that you or your family may experience from the fumes.
If you want to take another step towards reducing your carbon footprint and maintaining cleaner air in your home, switch to eco friendly paint today!