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About Non-Toxic Paint (video)

We are moving Green Diva Headquarters (which also happens to be my home!) in two weeks. Very exciting stuff, if not exhausting! We start painting next week and we’ve been researching this for a couple of months. We started back when we did a Sleeping Naked is Green segment with Chris Murphy of Smart Little House, who talked to us about the difference between low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound), non-VOC, and non-toxic house paints. What we learned back then was that while VOCs are now researched and determined to be toxic to humans, animals and the planet, there are a lot of other chemicals in house paint that is NOT researched or regulated. So, while the big paint companies are busy lowering if not removing VOCs from their paints, there are a lot of other hazardous compounds that have not been well researched or regulated, but are suspected to be carcinogenic to humans and animals as well as generally bad for the environment. ICK!

For this reason, my husband and I have chosen to go with Mythic Paint, which they call  ”zero-toxic.” According to Chris Murphy, we can paint with the windows all shut and we won’t smell it, and even a very chemically sensitive person can be in the room with no ill effects. Psyched to try it! I’ll definitely report back in.

So, I got to chat with GD Lisa who is traveling and is in Austin, TX right now, and here’s a brief video with more details on this topic as we get ready to get the paint brushes out here in NJ!

Our very own Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D) from NJ is sponsoring a the Safe Chemicals Act to regulate not only new chemicals coming into the market, but existing ones that are suspected to be toxic and tend to be pervasive in a variety of products, including household paints. I will vote for Frank again! Please read up on the act and if you agree with its intentions, please contact your own senators to help gather support for the Safe Chemicals Act!

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2:27PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for posting!

9:26PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thanks, I need this type info as I have many allergies.

6:01PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

thanks!

6:01PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

thanks!

6:00PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

thanks!

2:23PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thank you for the info/insight

11:05AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Sounds wonderful!

9:18AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Casein based "milk" paint is great. We used it in theater in college, and theaters still use it for its color under light. It doesn't keep well, however, and the smell of spoiled paint out-stinks any VOCs. :-)

8:00AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

I know that it makes me look old but what is wrong with the old Milk Paint, it is non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. I know that there are more than a few companies that went old school and brought it back. But then again since it ain't new and trendy it probably is not on any of your radars.

6:05AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

We have been using Mythick Paint for a while, we like the gloss and semi-gloss for our kitchen and bath. I find that one gal. covers both rooms and wears well. With 2 Beagles and a very small space, compared to my previous home this paint makes housework a joy. So easy to use and cleaning (with the gloss and semi-gloss) is a breeze, no Beagle hair 'rolling' across the walls as I wipe up after a bath, or they return from the rain. Nothing sticks, cooking areas are a snap to clean, I use white in that room. It is good to see this product information being shared.

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