PAINT, AU NATUREL – Spruce Up your walls, without breathing in (or throwing away) the toxins!
What most paint stores won’t tell you is this: Paint can be full of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, naphthalene (Should I stop now?) and a whack of other nasty ( and sometimes carcinogenic) volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs contribute to ground-level ozone outdoors and air pollution inside your house. Studies show that breathing in vapours from these compounds can irritate your eyes, nose and skin, and trigger headaches and asthma – and the vapours can hang around in the air inside your house for months.
Repeat after me: I will never use oil-based paint again. It contains up to 10 times more VOCs than 100% acrylic paints, which works just as well on any job.
Both Resene and Porters Paints have Low-VOC and non-VOC paint products available as illustrated with Resene’s Zylone Sheen VOC Free product range. For more information on non or low VOC products contact us.
FOR AN ONGOING PAINTING PROJECT, DONT’ WASH YOUR BRUSHES OR ROLLERS EVERY DAY. WRAP THEM IN A PLASTIC BAG, SQUEEZE OUT ANY AIR POCKETS AND STORE THEM IN A DARK PLACE. THEY’LL LAST UP TO A WEEK. WHEN YOU DO FINALLY WASH UP FOR GOOD, CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES AND ROLLERS IN A BUCKET WITH WATER, NOT IN THE SINK. The grey water can then be tipped onto the garden.