Though the term eco paint is flouted about commonly not all eco paint is in fact environmentally friendly and completely green.
Of course, it is not hard to tell the difference between eco-paint and real paint and anyone who has ever smelled eco-paint will instantly recognise a difference with eco-paint. Eco-paint UK has a very faint smell unlike the traditional paint which emits a range of greenhouse gases into the air when opened.
Conventional paint is full of a range of chemicals, adhesives, hardeners, dyes and solvents and all of these together are known as VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. These are all blended into a liquid and then escape into the air around when you paint your home. These can even create smog when they blend in with many of the other chemicals already in the air and are bad for the respiratory system and can cause a whole range of illnesses. What makes things worse is that these VOCs are prominent for a long period of time and will continue to emit long after the paint has dried.
House based paints can contain a large amount of these VOCs, though there are many paint companies who aim for far below the recommended limit. However, this does not mean they are green. Many paint companies will try and market paints with these reduced levels of VOCs as green. However, this is not always the case. They still contain damaging toxins and there are a range of problems surrounding them.
There are plenty of paints that have low levels of these toxins, though only eco interior paint has none and very little or no environmental impact. These paints are free of all the toxins, VOCs and plasticizers that come in other paints and will not cause damage to your home or the people who live there. If you are looking for these eco paints you will often find they are accredited by green companies who have tested them to be of the very highest standard and will certify their green credentials. This is something of a benefit and will showcase the differences between these completely VOC free paints and paints that merely have low VOC content and still cause damage.
These paints are often made from foods and proteins found in things such as milk, lime and also plants. The will be non-toxic and are eco-friendly. The paints are tested to the highest standard and in most cases are found to be almost as durable if not equally as durable as many of the traditional paints with high levels of VOCs. This means that there is little or no excuse to purchase the alternative. They also don’t cost a significant amount more than the paints with high levels of VOCs, cementing their place as a choice for people looking for paints.
Purchasing eco-paint can really make all the difference to your home, health and that of your family and should be considered for your next project.
Olive Loves Alfie offer a great range of eco interior paint which is fabulous for babies rooms, playrooms and bedrooms