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.