We are only a month away from moving to our new home now and my husband and I went shopping for paint colors yesterday. One of the things we had promised ourselves with our new home was that we were going to paint with eco-friendly, non toxic and VOC (Volatile organic compound)-free paints. So off we went to find such a marvel!
I had done a bit of research on them before, especially after posting about plants and the way they can help purify the air we breathe indoors, and was shocked by the amount of negative impact one can of traditional paint could have on your health and environment.
According to Eartheasy.com, there are many benefits to using non-toxic paints :
- Health : Reduced toxins benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
- Environment : Reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants.
- Effective : Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage, scrubability and hideability (covering flaws on previous coats).
- Water-Based : Easy cleanup with soap and warm water.
- Little or No Hazardous Fumes : Low odor during application; no odor once cured. No off-gassing. Painted areas can be occupied sooner, with no odor complaints.
- Not Deemed Hazardous Waste : Cleanup and disposal greatly simplified.
Their section on non-toxic paints is WELL WORTH A LOOK and offers a great and extensive list of Natural, Zero-VOC and Low-VOC options. The natural paints even included soy and milk protein based paints. I thought that was simply wonderful! Until I tried finding such brands here in Quebec and hitting my head to a wall. The only one that was anywhere near me was Benjamin Moore and up here, they are so expensive, I couldn’t even imagine buying gallons over gallons. Plus they are in the low-VOC category and I wanted VOC-Free.
So back to square one, my husband and I headed to Home Depot and SURPRISE! We found one!
C.I.L. Dulux, a long standing paint manufacturer from Canada, has come out with their own line of 100% acrylic, VOC and solvent free paints that are eco-friendly and practically odor free. It also comes in eggshell and semi-gloss finishes. The best part is that, any color in their color swatches that is white-based (symbol W/B) can be made from this paint. Now, I understand that adding color pigments may compromise a bit of the “pureness” of the paint, but the solvents and VOCs will still not be there.
So I was pretty happy and cannot wait to start decorating our new home! I will keep you posted on the progress when the time comes.
Have you looked around for ways of reducing harmful materials in your home? Please share!