Oct 24, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment
A fresh look for any room in your home is just a coat of paint away. With ecofriendly paints, you can make sure that your home’s facelift is good for the environment and your family.
Why You Should Go Green
Most paints contain some Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the form of solvents that keep the paint liquid while in the can. Once the paint is on the walls, however, it releases the solvents into the air as part of the drying process. VOCs can cause a host of respiratory problems as well as indoor and outdoor air pollution. Some may even be carcinogenic. Conventional paints release VOCs for days, weeks or even up to a year.
Low or Zero?
Just because it’s EPA approved doesn’t mean it’s safe – the agency allows up to 250g per liter of VOCs in water-based interior paints. Low VOC paints have less than 50g per liter of the offending compounds. These amounts are for the base paint, not its colorants, so one color may in reality have more VOCs than another color from the same line.