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How Non-Toxic is Zero-VOC Paint?

How Non-Toxic is Zero-VOC Paint?

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Green Diva Lisa was out this week, so EcoKaren, captain of EcoEtsy and editor of GreenLivingIdeas sat in as guest Green Diva. We had Green Dude Paul in the studio and we all had a pretty good time! Some surprising and disturbing news from green house expert, Chris Murphy of Smart Little House on how zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint may not be exactly non-toxic. We aired the rest of our interview with Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan about how they each arrived on the green living path and their new eco-baby and green lifestyle business the The Honest Company.

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Sleeping Naked is Green segment: Use Low-VOC or Water-Based Paints

Chris Murphy of Smart Little House called in for this one – VOCs (Volelite Organic Compounds) are chemical compounds that vaporize into the air when they dry, so we breathe them in, and they can cause a variety of health and environmental issues. Chris kind of surprised us when he said that not all non-VOC paints or household products are necessarily toxic free. He points out that similar to the food industry, not all ingredients have to be listed and are not currently regulated. So, while low or zero-VOC products are good, they are only low in the hundreds of toxic chemicals being regulated and the reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of NON-REGULATED toxic chemicals that could be and are sometimes included, but not listed. Oh boy. Lots of homework to be done here!

Chris noted that a Harvard study showed that kids have a higher rate of asthma and allergies when their rooms were freshly painted while they were newborns or before they were born.

For information on choosing healthier paints, Chris recommended going to

Listen this Sleeping Naked is Green 5-minute segment.

FEATURED GUEST(s) – co-Founders, Jessica Alba & Christopher Gavigan of the Honest Company

Both Jessica and Christopher have taken slightly different paths to sustainable living, but they both are passionate about presenting ideas and products with clarity and transparency to help avoid all the green washing going on. The Honest Company was inspired by Jessica’s children and from necessity, because as Jessica stated, when she became a mother she found it hard to find products that were truly green, safe, and really eco-friendly for her children.

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7:18PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Important knowledge!

6:15PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

thanks for sharing this

10:55AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Great article, but you might want to make a correction:
VOCs (Volelite Organic Compounds)
Should be Volatile Organic Compounds.


8:35AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Interesting info.

8:24AM PST on Mar 6, 2012


12:24PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I think it is great that we have paints that a no longer as toxic, but before we all knew about this - we just happily painted away without problems.

11:13AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

All products are misleading. Just like the ones that honestly state "not tested on animals." Of course they're not. Not anymore! Many of these ingredients have already been tested by the cosmetic and toiletry industry before you and were tested on animals extensively, especially in rabbit's eyes. Now, you can honestly say that you don't test, but that doesn't make that product cruelty free. Just like this paint. It doesn't mean that it's non-toxic. And how do they know what's toxic and what's not? By making animals eat it and wear it and breathe it in! Someone please tell us how to make our own products!

9:45AM PST on Mar 5, 2012


9:28AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

It is a balance. Probably many of these toxic chemicals could be removed. Then, on the other hand, some of them are there for a reason. Chemicals can inhibit decay, mold, uv light deterioration etc.

6:26AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Great article.Thank you.:)

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