Hi! Everyone it’s me Turbo. I smell a rat. LOL Ok so it is just a stuffed rat that I put in my mom’s bed to scare her. It worked too, I think I rubbed her fur the wrong way. But as usual I am always in the doghouse. This week I want to discuss interior paints that are safe for us furbabies, our parents and the environment. I was inspired by the fact that my mom is repainting the trim in our house.
Is your home safe for your family? According to the EPA, indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air and is considered one of the top five hazards to the health of humans and furbabies. Paints and finishes are are among the leading causes.
Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these emissions is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of paint. (If us furbabies breath in these toxins they might put us in a cat-atonic state.)
Conventional interior paint typically contains VOCs which evaporate and cause harmful fumes during paint curing. Prolonged exposure to these organic solvents can lead to kidney disease and cancer. (If that happens you might have to get a cat-scan) In addition, petroleum based paints contribute to ozone layer damage. Most paint manufacturers offer high-quality, non-toxic paints made from natural products that pose no health risks to humans, furbabies or the environment.
Things to remember when purchasing paint for for your home.
Look for an EPA registration number on paint cans. The EPA only regulates paints that contain toxic ingredients. For the same reason, stay away from paints regulated or restricted by OSHA or DOT. (If you see and EPA registration number turn tail and run)
Understand the difference between no or low-VOC paint, and non-toxic, natural paint. Most paint companies designate certain products as low VOC or low odor, which should not be confused with a non-toxic designation. Although low VOC paints have almost no odor and are much safer than conventional interior paints, they still contain harmful chemicals and can irritate the eyes, throat, lungs and skin. (Stop pussyfooting around and get educated)
Read paint ingredients carefully. (Otherwise you might get sick as a dog) Non-toxic interior paints contain natural, non-hazardous products like plant dyes, essential oils, milk protein, clay and resin.
Add a natural color tint. Conventionally color tints usually increase a paint’s VOC content, so purchase premixed colors or buy specially designated non-toxic color additives to achieve a desired shade. Using natural pigments can limit color choices, (a bit of a cat-ch 22) but paint manufacturers recognize and are now responding to the demand for more non-toxic paint products.
Be prepared to spend a bit more. Non-toxic paint is often more expensive than conventional paint, but remodeling your home with products safe for you, your furbabies and the environment is worth the additional cost.
The following is a list of recommended interior paints that have no or low VOCs……..
- Benjamin Moore Eco Spec, WB Silver Interior Latex. www.benjaminmoore.com
- Benjamine Moore Natura. www.benjaminmoore.com
- Sherwin Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex. www.sherwin.com
- Glidden Lifemaster. www.glidden.com
- AFM www.afmsafecoat.com
- BioShield Paints. www.bioshieldpaint.com
- Devoe Paint. www.devoe.com
- Duron Paints and Wallcoverings. (Genesis Oder-Free Products) www.duron.com
- ICI Deluxe Paints. www.icideluxpaints.com
- kelly Moore. www.kellymoore.com
- Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. www.milkpaint.co
Well I gotta sign off now, it is about time for my cat-nap and a cat-pucinno. It’s tough living in the Lap of Luxury!