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Eco-Friendly Wall Finishes

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Eco-Friendly Wall Finishes

Photo  of American Clay Wall Finishing by  Peter Valli

By Erica Sofrina, Author, Teacher Speaker and founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui

Feng Shui embraces the art of conscious living which aligns our inner space with our outer environment. It is called mindful living.

Green design is in complete alignment with Feng Shui. Both promote honoring the Earth and leaving a lighter imprint and acknowledge that the earth is a living organism with finite resources and must be protected and honored as such. Feng Shui was the original purveyor of reduce, recycle, reuse, which is exactly what green design is about. The exciting news is that you can now find beautiful products that anyone would love to have in their home, and be a responsible “green” consumer!

In this fourth article of my series on the Green Home Remodel, I continue my conversation with Diana Zamudio, Owner and Founder of eco-6 design. Diana is a specialist in Green Design as well as Feng Shui and is the teacher for the Green Design Program at my West Coast  Feng Shui Academy.

Previously we discussed eco-friendly flooring, and eco-friendly counter tops, along with an overview of a Green Home Remodel. Today we will discuss eco-friendly wall finishes.

In the following Q & A, I asked Diana about the eco-friendly wall finishes that she recommends the most.

Q. Can you tell me about the eco-friendly wall finishing products on the market that you are the most excited about?

A. There are three products that I work with all of the time that are wonderful products and look beautiful as well. The first one is a water-based acrylic latex paint by Mythic Paint.  Here are the key features of this great product for people who are looking for the most green paint product around:

Mythic Paint:

 

 

  • Has a beautiful palette of colors available.
  • A water-based acrylic latex paint.
  • Mythic paint is the only true non-toxic, zero-VOC paint on the market today.
  • It is made with a resin that does not contain any solvents such as crystalline silica, ethylene glycol or carcinogens.
  • Mythic has 26 patents on their resin.
  • The resin was originally developed at the University of Mississippi and used in the Pentagon after 9-11.
  • Nothing in Mythic paint is on the prop 65 list. (CA list of “bad things”).
  • Mythic gets you 2 percent of the 20 percent required LEED points on new builds.  LEED= Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
  • Mythic is manufactured in a zero discharge facility.
  • Mythic is manufactured in a ISO Certified plant (International Organization for Standardization)
  • Mythic cures in 1 week.  Other paints cure in 30 Days.

The cost of 1 gallon is between $40-$50. It averages about $.11 per square foot.

People used to live and play outside more than they do now.  Because people are indoors more than ever before means we need to be using healthier products in our homes. In terms of allergies and asthma, people born in the 30-40’s have a 0 percent asthma / allergy rate. People born in the 50-60’s have a 20 percent asthma / allergy rate. Babies born now have a 40 percent asthma rate by the time they are adults.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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43 comments

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4:09PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you for the article.

2:18AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Thank you

1:54AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

thanks

6:13AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thanks, nice to know. Now any recommendations for stopping my dog from leaning against a freshly painted wall?

5:11AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

thanks, good article

4:15AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

nc

1:35AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Eco-friendly indeed! Thanks for a very informative article.

1:17AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

@Erica: Yes,true. Actually,prior to reading this article(thanks for posting it,ma'am!), I had no idea that your wall finishes could actually be made eco-friendly and this quite fascinated me(it is also of significance to me as I plan to re-do my walls!).This sort of prompted me to check out a few companies here that do sell eco-friendly products. Their products have very low VOC and are toxic-free!

6:23PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

I am not sure Kamakshi if they are available in India. How is the sustainable and eco-friendly movement there?
I know Diana Zamudio ships her products anywhere, but by the time they are shipped to India from the U.S. all of the low carbon footprint issues are a moot point given how much energy it takes to send them long distances.

2:04AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

are any of these products available in India?

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