Why choose a non-toxic wall paint
Moretti Blog • June 06, 2018
ne of the first step when designing a colour scheme for a room is to define the colour that the wall paint will be. That is one of the fun parts!
But the job of an interior designer, in this case, is not only to choose the right paint shade but also to choose the right product that will satisfy the client’s needs. There is a big variety of company that sells wall paint so we know how the client can be overwhelmed by it, how can be difficult to choose the right colour and the right supplier. Setting aside the selection of the colour for a moment we will explain how to choose a wall paint responsibly and why to choose a non-toxic wall paint.
Paint chemical components
Choosing a wall paint responsibly means paying attention to its component and how eco-friendly is that specific paint for the environment and for your health.
All wall paints contain some chemical ingredients like those that compose the pigments or colours, some others to hold the paint together and others as preservatives, stabilisers, thickeners and driers. Between these chemical ingredients, there are the so-called volatile organic compound or VOCs.
They are organic, carbon-based, chemical compounds and solvents such as white spirit, that evaporate easily in the air as paint dries so to become a source of danger for the environment and human health. Many of them are highly toxic and when inhaled can contribute to several health problems including a headache, skin disorder, respiratory disease, eye irritation.
It is so always good to check on the label how the paint we want to use is made of as the VOCs level now it is regulated by the government that checks the level of VOCs.
Often low VOCs does not mean that are not solvent in that specific paint but that the level of the chemicals contained in that paint is very low and for this reason less harmful for the environment and for our wellbeing.
The reasons to choose a low or a non-toxic paint are many, here some of them!
There are paint companies that have a completely non-toxic, so completely free of any harmful chemicals, a great range of wall paint.
Most low or non-toxic paints are water based that can be a good choice for the home environment and family lifestyle.
Water-based paints are moreover very easy to clean, brushed and rollers can be washed out with warm water after use so to avoid the use of any polluting solutions.
Another positive aspect of the low or non-toxic paints is also the little odour they have and that they dry very quickly.
Depending on the company that supplies them, these kinds of paints provide a good coverage, offer a durable finish, can be applied to many different surfaces and come in a great choice of colours.
So what we suggest and what we do is to check the reliability of the company and the label on the paint tin and whenever is possible choose an eco-friendly paint that will be friendly for you and for the environment we live in!
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