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Eco Friendly Paint

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 beeco-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

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8:09PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

12:37PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

good to know

9:22AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Beautiful!

5:38PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

thanks for share!

9:56PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

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

5:04PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thanks for the information.

8:01PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thanks for the information.

5:49PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

thanks for the article

12:58PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Thank you

3:09PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

thanks.

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