Guide for Green Paint

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The production and disposal of paint has serious environmental impacts, but what’s on the wall also affects the indoor environment. Green the paint where you live and work by choosing environmentally-preferable products.

Why It’s Important:

According to the EPA, the air inside a home is, on average, two-to-five-times more polluted than the air outside. Paint is a large contributing factor to poor indoor air quality and can emit harmful chemicals, such as VOCs, for years after application. There are serious health and environmental concerns surrounding paint. Using paints that are free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as benzene and toluene, free of heavy metals such as lead or cadmium, and/or made of post-consumer recycled content can aid in reducing exposure to toxics both for you and your environment.

The potent smell of fresh paint actually comes from the vapors released from the toxic ingredients used as solvents in conventional paints known as VOCs. While there is considerable range in the toxicity of VOCs, many are known carcinogens and neurotoxins; exposure to most VOCs can also exacerbate asthma as well as eye, nose, throat, and skin irritations, and can induce headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, and even liver and kidney disease. VOCs are also environmentally destructive, as they contribute to ground level ozone (smog), indoor air pollution, and the tainting of groundwater during the wearing process. Fortunately, paints with reduced levels of VOCs or even VOC-free are available.

The fact that a paint is VOC-free does not necessarily mean that it is free of toxics such as formaldehyde, ammonia, acetone or odor masking agents. If it contains masking agents, then that’s just another unnecessary chemical that is hiding whatever effects may be occurring. Thus, it is important to consider levels of toxic ingredients such as heavy metals in addition to VOC levels.

Fortunately there is a truly non-toxic paint, and it’s going to be sold exclusively at Home Depot. It’s called Freshaire Choice, and it’s a zero VOC paint.

Another innovative feature of this line of paint is that the tints are also zero VOC. It’s the first paint that can make this claim – on average, up to 150 grams of VOCs are added back into paint once the color is mixed. That means that even if you buy a boutique, all natural paint, as soon as you tint it to the color you desire, you just defeated all the work you put into locating and purchasing the paint (except for naturally pigmented paints, like clay paints).

The Freshaire tinting system uses pre-measured packets of dry tint that color the paint without adding any VOCs to the paint. Thiszero VOC system is an industry first. No other tint system for paint can make this claim. Another innovation isthat the tint comes in a packet that dissolves into the paint completely. By using pre measured, standardized packets, Freshaire ensure consistent colors no matter when you buy more paint. The only drawback to the system is that you can only use the 65 colors that are currently available so no custom matching.

Freshaire Choice has a Green Guard certification (one of the most stringent independent test laboratories in the United States).Freshaire uses 100% recycled materials for the can, the can is recyclable when you are done, 75% recycled fiber material is used for the can’s label, the label is printed with soy ink. Another innovation is that the paint chips are also completely recyclable as well being made from recycled materials. As far as I know, only Freshaire allows you to recycle actual sample paint chips.

If you would like to find out more information check out. and freshairechoice

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