If you haven’t heard of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), now is the time to learn about them.
If you buy paint that’s not labeled non-toxic, you’re putting yourself at risk immediately after you open up the paint can. Some popular, extremely dangerous chemicals in VOC-heavy paint include toluene, xylene, methylene chloride and formaldehyde.
When you coat your home’s walls with this paint, the paint’s vapors containing these VOCs permeate the air within your home. This is the air you and your family breathe and depend upon. Even if you have a state-of-the-art filtration system, you’re still being exposed to chemicals that damage your respiratory system and other areas of your body.
This is why Real Milk Paint dedicates all its efforts to creating beautiful non-toxic paint made with organic pigments and safe compounds. In our paint, nothing is artificial. It’s all real.
When you buy cheap, toxic paint, you’re saving a buck but also gambling with your health. Below we’re going to point out some specific chemicals that pose a real threat to you and your family
Extremely Dangerous Paint Pigments
Many of these are still banned in the U.S., but it doesn’t mean they’re not on the walls of your home. Take lead for instance. It was banned in the U.S. in 1978, but cans of paint containing lead-based pigments continued to circulate for decades.
Although banned in Europe and the U.S., lead is still sold in poorer countries like Cameroon and other locations in Africa according to an article in Environment 360.
Some paint pigments aside from lead-based ones are pigments that include:
- and Arsenite
If you’re ever lead to believe a certain paint may contain these, avoid it. If the paint you suspect of having them is already painted on your walls, remove the paint with a safe paint remover and recover your walls with an environmentally friendly paint.
When you use non-toxic paint like the ones by Real Milk Paint, you maintain indoor air quality, the general environment, and physical health.