Green a Room With Non-Toxic Paint

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Looking to spruce up a room? One easy fix is to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. If you’re not keen on the odor that fills your space as soon as you open the paint can, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are non-toxic, virtually odor-free paints now available.

Conventional paints contain harsh chemicals, like petrochemicals, solvents, mercury, formaldehyde, benzene, lead, cadmium, chromium, dibutyl, and diethyl phthalate that are detrimental to you and the environment. Chemical soups like those found in paint, emit VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, into the air we breathe. They even pollute outside air by creating ground-level ozone.

The American Lung Association reports that VOC’s can produce a number of physical problems such as: eye and skin irritation, lung and breathing problems, headaches, nausea, muscle weakness, and liver and kidney damage, Some of the chemicals used in conventional paints are even suspected human carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems may be most at risk.

So, non-toxic paints are great alternatives. They are durable and long-lasting, and are available in numerous colors, some of which can be tinted to a shade you like. Some companies offer non-toxic primers, along with paint finishes in flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Most are comparably priced to conventional paints. Here’s a few to choose from:

Many big box retailers now have paint lines that are low-VOC or zero-VOC, but they may still contain some toxic compounds.

Tag(s): For Kids, Green Furnishings, Greening the Home, Hazardous Products / Health Issues

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