Green paint has a whole new meaning nowadays; it no longer refers to just a color. The idea of “green living” or using more earth-friendly products in everyday life is an important factor to many homeowners. From reusable grocery bags to eco-friendly lawn care, it’s no wonder the painting industry has been impacted as well. Eco-friendly paints are filling more and more shelves; their range of colors just as broad as any traditional paint.
The growing popularity of “Green” or eco-friendly paints stems from their health benefits. VOCs (volatile organic compounds), pigments and the fungicides and biocides found in some paints have recently caused concern. These toxins can find their way into the air inside and outside a home. “Green” paints contain less breathable toxins than their traditional counterparts. Painting with these eco-friendly products yields nearly identical results to traditional paints as well as a safer living environment.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing an earth-friendly hue. All “Green” paints contain one or more of the following. Read on to find what makes a paint “Green,” and how to best use it in your home.
Low or zero-VOC
Volatile organic compounds found in paints allow toxic gasses to seep out even years after painting a surface. New regulations have prompted a wave of low and even zero VOC products. Depending on your preference, you may want to check the difference in VOC levels. Some paints use the minimum requirement from the EPA while others have an even lower VOC count. The lowest are between 0-100 gm/l. Oil-based paints contain the highest levels of VOCs.
Low Biocides and Fungicides
Most interior paints will fit this category but exterior paints with low levels of fungicide are harder to come by. Since all exterior paints contain levels of biocides, Green America recommends finding an exterior paint that uses zinc oxide as a fungicide for the safest product.
Take a tip from the founding fathers—in Colonial times, milk paint was a popular product. Made from the milk protein casein and lime as well as natural pigments, this paint is said to enhance interiors. Look for other natural pigments that come from plant and mineral sources.
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