The easiest way to visually freshen-up the inside of a house is paint. Add a new color and, instantly, the place looks lively again. In fact, every year approximately 630 MILLION gallons of paint are sold in the U.S. alone.
After recently having new windows installed in our home, I found myself in this exact situation and needed to purchase paint to cover all of the new trim. While some of us might get caught up in the color palette, I found myself laboring over the SAFEST paint.
The concern? VOCs – volatile organic compounds. These off-gassing, toxic chemical emissions contribute to ozone and smog formation and are linked to respiratory illnesses and memory impairment, so they put both our health and our environment at risk. In fact, the concentration of indoor VOCs is often higher than outdoors (by about four-to-six times as much) as a result of paints, stains, and varnishes used in our home, and these emissions can continue for multiple years after the finish is applied.
You can avoid this health and environmental hazard by choosing low- or no-VOC finishes… always. Simple as that.
If you think a little bit of paint can’t possibly matter, consider this:
The amount of VOC toxic emissions saved by purchasing just a few gallons of low-VOC paint each year is equivalent to the VOC that would be saved if you didn’t drive your car for an entire year.
So, pick your palette, go crazy with the colors but just remember to say “hold the VOCs, please!”