Do you wan to repaint a room, maybe even your entire house? What color do you want? Moreover, what type of paint do you want to use? Consider these tips, as you begin planning your project to redecorate, that will help to make your home more eco-friendly. It’s not as hard or as costly as you might think. In the past “green” paints weren’t available, but as more people are becoming alarmingly conscious about their health and the health of the environment paint manufacturers have responded by providing some quality and budget friendly alternatives.
• You can find eco-friendly paint at your local hardware or DIY store very easily these days, but you might not trust any can that says, “eco-friendly”, so let’s find out what eco-friendly paint really is. In the truest form of the word, eco-friendly paint is paint that has very low to no VOC (volatile organic compounds) output. This is a relatively new term. What does VOC mean? Without getting into the big words, VOC’s are chemicals that evaporate into the air over a very long period of time. Indoor air is up to, if not more than, 3 times more polluted than outdoor air. The EPA considers it one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Processed paints and finishes are among the leading causes of health problems in homes today.
• Natural paints and finishes, however, are safer because they use natural raw ingredients. Popular elements include milk casein and natural latex, along with minerals such as clay, chalk, and talcum. Natural oils and beeswax are often used for finishes. These have no VOC’s and very few people are allergic to them. When you go to the hardware store, you’ll notice that most of the name brands offer low or no VOC lines of paint. The cost is usually comparable to the regular paint, which means that you’re getting a better deal because not only does your wallet get saved, but your family will reap the health benefits for years to come.
Now that you know all of this, what can you do with it? If you are doing the job yourself, ensure that that only paint and finishes you buy are eco-friendly. If you do not want to do the job yourself, or you feel that you are not qualified, hire a professional. If you do hire a professional, ensure that the products that they are using on your project are eco-friendly low or no VOC products.
• When selecting colors use paint samples, not paint chips. The color in paint changes as the light in your home changes. By using paint samples and painting a small part of the wall in the room you are redecorating, it will allow you to see how the color will adapt to various light conditions in the room you are painting. Try more than one variation of the color your interested in. You can ask for paint samples at your local hardware or DIY store.