Some Paints are Healthier than Others.
According to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Australia, Indoor Air is considered one the top five hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes as they release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint.
CSIRO studies have shown that occupants of new Australian homes may be exposed to up to 20 times the maximum allowable limits of indoor air toxics for up to ten weeks after completion. Further CSIRO measurements in 27 suburban Melbourne residences more than a year after construction identified 27 airborne toxins, many of which are carcinogens. CSIRO estimates that indoor air pollution costs the Australian community in excess of $12 billion a year in illness and lost productivity.
New environmental regulations and consumer demand have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes. Most paint manufacturers now produce a low VOC variety of paint and some are zero VOC. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.
Benefits of using Enviro paints
- Little if any odour during application; no odour once dry. No poisonous off-gassing .
- They benefit everyone, especially those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
- Painted areas can be occupied as soon as the paint has dried
- Reduces ‘downtime’, saving money
- Reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants.
- Low-VOC products perform well in terms of coverage, scrubability and hideability (covering flaws on previous coats).
- Our system is designed to service the sensitive and thus is good for people with allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly, office complexes with ducted air, hospitals, shopping centers, child care centres, schools and many other places.
- Sometimes a specific painting job requires a paint with higher levels of VOC’s in order to achieve the best performance. If this is the case, be careful to follow the instructions on the can about breathing protection and working in a ventilated area. When painting indoors, open a window, use a fan, or take your family out for a few fun hours together to reduce your exposure
- When choosing a non-toxic paint, look for a GECA Certified paint. The Good Environmental Choice Label is an independent environmental labelling program in Australia which indicates
- The environmental performance of a product from a whole of product life perspective for consumer goods. This translates to a healthier indoor environment–whether it’s your bedroom, bathroom, or baby’s nursery.
Better for your health
- They are non-toxic as they don't release hazardous fumes and are therefore particularly suitable for children,allergy sufferers and people of ill health who are unable to tolerate chemical paints.
Better for your home
- They are micro-porous and allow walls and surfaces to breathe, preventing condensation and damp problems, therefore reducing associated indoor allergens. They are also less prone to paint flaking, peeling and blistering.
Better for the environment
- Our Environmentally Friendly Paints are made from renewable resources that are biodegradable and in most instances can even be composted.
- Our Enviro friendly paints are certified carbon neutral.
Problems caused by Toxins in Paints
Painting can cause serious health problems:
- May contain preservatives, such as formaldehyde
- May contain ammonia which may cause eye, nose, throat irritation, especially if large amounts are used
- Ammonia also causes irritation to eyes
- Hazards in pigments & preservatives; tetrachloroethane highly toxic; more toxic than carbon tetrachloride, causing severe liver damage
- Powdered lime is highly corrosive by eye contact
- Pigment hazard; fire hazard from heating wax