When it comes to eco-friendly building, it is easy to conjure up ideas of bamboo, cork, and hemp in your home’s walls and floors. However, did you know that paint is quite eco-friendly, as well?
Some consumers are insistent that their wellness, along with the wellness of their family members, is contingent upon the chemicals that they use inside their homes as well as the materials they use to build the outside.
Eco-friendly paint is not only good for the environment; it is also good for a person’s well-being and health, too.
Health Benefits of Using Eco-Friendly Paint in Your Home
Typical traditional paint contains VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Chemical paints manufactured in factories have high components of Volatile Organic Compounds. Eco-friendly paints have less or no Volatile Organic Compounds and are safer and healthier to use.
Not only are these chemicals dangerous from the point of manufacture, but also from the point of use. When a homeowner opens that can of paint and begins applying it, many illnesses can occur such as:
• Asthma • Allergies • Rashes • Difficulty breathing • Dizziness • Itching of the eyes, nose, and throat • Skin cancer • Headaches • Long term exposure may cause lung cancer
With eco-friendly paints, these health worries are eliminated. Eco-friendly paints are made with natural ingredients such as seed oil bees’ wax and do not promote any unsafe emissions.
While many folks think of something that is less expensive as cost-efficient, here is the thing with eco-friendly paints; it is better to spend money wisely on low-odor, naturally made eco-friendly paint than to spend money at the doctor’s office. Going to the doctor means time feeling ill, time out from work, and money spent out-of-pocket. Being penny-wise and pound-foolish in this case is not wise. It is worth the extra money spent.
No Residual Side Effects
Everyone knows that when you paint, you absolutely have to leave the windows and maybe even the door open to alleviate the strong odor from the chemicals in the paint. With eco-friendly paint, you do not have to worry with residual side effects for days, weeks, and even longer when you paint, as they have a low odor.
Exposure from Volatile Organic Compounds from your paint is possible for up to five years.
Of course, from its name, eco-friendly paint is friendlier to the environment, as it is made from natural plant extracts, such as lemon peel. If it is good for the environment, chances are it is good for you, as well.
Posted January 13, 2014
by Gabriel Posternak.