Before starting to redecorate our house, we should try to choose materials who offer the best quality-to -cost ratio. We all heard about the dangers of exposure to high concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in conventional paints. Doctors and specialists recommend a minimum exposure to paint fumes, especially for children, pregnant women or asthmatic persons.
Rather than avoiding the freshly painted room, the removal of the product that gives off VOCs could prove to be a more effective solution. While most products containing VOCs will give off harmful gas vapors for a shorter period of time, others will continue to emit them for a longer period of time. The best thing to do is to stay informed and choose the best products for you and your family.
Any product produced after September 1999 must respect the EPA law regarding the limits on volatile organic compounds for the Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) industry. But, EPA isn’t the only one who should guard upon our health; we can do that by ourselves, when choosing a product, by verifying what harmful substances it contains. On a short list of harmful VOCs there could be substances like: Ethylene glycol, Perchloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Xylene.
Products sold after the fall of 1999 have to respect the Environmental Protection Agency law regarding the limits on volatile organic compounds. When choosing a product; we should read the label and see for ourselves what harmful substances it might contain. Ethylene glycol, Formaldehyde, Perchloroethylene, Xylene, Toluene are just some examples of popular Volatile Organic Compounds that are found in paints.
The slightly increased cost of environmentally friendly paints should not stop us see the great number of advantages offered by odorless paint. Why using vinegar, onion or baking soda or in order to remove the paint stinks from our house when we can be healthy and breathe easy by using eco paint? Most scientific health studies have been conducted on single chemicals. We don’t know much about the health effects of exposure to combinations of chemicals. Therefore, people should get accustomed to use ‘green products’ for their homes, in order to protect their families from serious side-effects that large amounts of VOC can produce.