Eco Friendly Paint

A friend of mine has undertaken a rather large remodel project on the first floor of her house. She is partial to sustainable and green options and as such has hired a contractor who recycles or donates anything salvageable from his projects. He is also open to eco friendly paint and so I was dispatched to track down enough to cover most of my friend’s downstairs.

She had painstakingly chosen her paint colors from a major brand that does not offer green, low VOC, or otherwise eco-friendly options, and was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to accurately match colors with another line. I convinced her (with assurance from my local ACE hardware) that her paint could be†eco-friendly, low VOC, and be matched perfectly.

What exactly is low- or no- VOC, you ask? It’s actually a range of very low Volatile Organic Chemical content under 50 parts per million. Regular paint has hundreds of thousands of VOCs per parts per million. It’s those chemical agents that evaporate and allow the paint to dry, and are used in the first place to keep ingredients like lead in a liquid state, so you can spread it on your walls.

There was no big trick to it. Just find your colors (you might as well go with a brand that’s offering eco-friendly paint) and viola. You’ve saved yourself some paint fumes and toxicity and kept quite a bit of toxic chemicals out of the air and water.

- Jocelyn Broyles

Headline image ©†Daniel R. Blume

49 comments

Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago

good to know

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Dolly Navina L5 years ago

Beautiful!

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sheri denato
Past Member 5 years ago

thanks for share!

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Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Having had a sub-contracting business painting and wallpapering, I can vouch for how wonderful these new products are!

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jayasri amma
jayasri amma5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

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Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

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Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham5 years ago

thanks for the article

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Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

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Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago

thanks.

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