Eco-friendly paints are here

What the paint!?

We've all spent an unprecedented amount of time at home, staring at our walls, this year. As a result, we've embarked on lots of DIY. We've re-decorated and renovated to improve our livelihood in these loomy times... but we haven't considered the potential toxicity within our homes (no, we're not talking about your significant other).

Traditional household paints contain a high volume of volatile organic compounds, which can trigger many respiratory issues, from asthma to nausea and general lethargy. The good news is (you guessed it!) there are eco-friendly paint options out there.

Although there is no standardised definition of what is considered an eco-friendly paint, a general rule of thumb is that eco-friendly paints are manufactured in a sustainable manner with less toxic chemicals. Eco-friendly paints still contain volatile organic compounds similarly to traditional paints, but the volume of those compounds tends to be considerably less.

Considering that eco-friendly paints are a relatively new concept, and potentially at risk of being greenwashed, we made it easy to understand what to look out for: 

  • There is no such thing as zero volatile organic compounds
  • It’s important for your walls to breathe too - look out for microporous paint!
  • Water based paints are more sustainable (and less toxic) than their oil based counterparts

That’s enough paint content for one week. We’ll let this post dry up before next week’s positive news ;)

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