Wednesday, December 30, 2009

iCertified: Freshaire Paint

Say no to VOCs. Choose zero VOC paint. Freshaire iCertified by Riot of Reasons
I thought I would get ready for the new year by giving my thinking room a new coat of paint. The room was badly in need of new life and the wallpaper from the 80s had to go. Plus it gave me a good opportunity to revive the good old iCertified series of posts.

I used to cringe at the very idea of painting. To me, the toxic smell caused by the VOCs in the paint is a big no no. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-based chemicals that evaporate at room temperature. They are really bad for health. Per EPA, here is a list of health effects.
Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.  Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.

[E]ye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to some organics.

[M]any organic compounds are known to cause cancer in animals; some are suspected of causing, or are known to cause, cancer in humans. 

Over the last couple of years consumer awareness of the harmful effects of VOCs appears to have increased as is evident from the number of zero VOC paints that are available in the market today. This brings me to Freshaire zero VOC paint. I have been using it for over two years now and it has consistently yielded great results. Minus the toxic off-gassing.

In the US, they are sold exclusively through Home Depot stores, which makes it easily accessible. At about $27 per can, it is more expensive that the regular toxic ones you get. But isn't good health worth the price?

To add to its green goodness, the paint can is made of 100% recycled material. The Home Depot sales person tells me it is recycled car battery containers. The labels are made of 75% post consumer fiber printed on soy ink. The brochures are made from recycled fiber as well. All in a all a great product worthy to be iCertified.

Like I mentioned previously, there are several other options available in the market today. I haven't used them so I cannot vouch for any of them. To get a list of paint options and eco painting accessories available, head over to Green Depot (the green home improvement store).

Wishing every one a great green new year ahead!

Disclaimer / Disclosure
I am NOT getting paid by any one to say all this. It is my intention to promote products that genuinely appear to be green. It is not my intention to encourage rabid consumerism. I cannot be held liable/responsible for anything good, bad or otherwise that might happen by your purchase of this product.


Raghu Kashyap said...

VOC free paints are really worth it. We used it to paint couple of our rooms.

Like the new theme of your website :-)

Anonymous said...

The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people's minds for the following sins:::
1. Alcohol
2. Drugs
3. Preditory "earning"
4. Homosexuality
5. Gambling
6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.

Your job as a future mother is to learn the god's ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today's society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today's environment.
Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don't want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don't be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. Revelry will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles will survive the 1000 years. They will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during Planet Earth's history.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new population, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial element in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.

Only children go to heaven. By the time you hit puberty it is too late. This is charecteristic of the gods:::Once you realize what you have lost it is too late.
Now you are faced with a lifetime to work to prepare for your next chance. Too many will waste this time, getting stoned, "Hiking!", working, etc.