According to the EPA indoor air is up to three times more polluted than outdoor air and is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health (eartheasy.com). Paints and finishes are among the leading causes. Do you have a new baby or pets? These are two very good reasons to improve the health and eco-friendly aspects of your home. Also you can’t forget your long-term health.
You’ll want to look beyond the furniture, cleaning products, and carpet: Start with the walls themselves. Choosing a paint that’s low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — or, even better, totally free of them — can improve indoor air quality (and your health).
But keep in mind that even paints labeled “low” or “zero” VOC aren’t always created equal. The current standard for a paint to be labeled low-VOC requires that it have fewer than 250 g/L; zero-VOC paints have to meet a less-than 5 g/L requirement.
Reduced toxins benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants.
Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage, scrub-ability and hide-ability (covering flaws on previous coats).
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.
Sources: eartheasy.com, (http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_paints.htm)