paints that won’t endanger your health

Mar 30, 2010

According to the EPA, indoor air is 3x more polluted than outdoor air and is one of the top 5 hazards to human health.  Paints and finishes are among the leading causes due to their VOC emissions.

VOCs – volatile organic (don’t let this word fool you) compounds are additives that at normal temperatures, pressure, humidity, etc. can emit gasses that negatively affect air quality and can contribute to the greenhouse effect. Measured in grams per liter, the lower the number the fewer VOCs

3 categories of paints and a few brands that have lines of paints in the category listed:

  • Natural Paints – safest for health, made from natural ingredients such as milk, bees’ wax, earth and mineral dyes, plant oils, water, etc.

  • Zero VOC – less than 5 grams/liter  ** note adding a color tint can bring the VOC level up to 10 grams/liter;  may contain biocides and fungicides with VOCs

  • Low VOC –  less than 200 grams/liter;  no or very low levels of heavy metals and formaldehyde; 300 grams/liter for varnishes

For brands you are familiar with that fall within these categories please visit – Earth Easy if you don’t see your favorite brand here, check out their web site, as brands can be region specific.