Indoor air quality can be fives times more polluted than outdoor air.
US Environmental Protection Agency
So, you’ve heard of seasonal allergies related to the outdoors but did you know the air in your space can be even more polluted? That’s right, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air.
There are many materials, products, and finishes that affect indoor air quality but in this post we are going to focus on paint, as it’s one of the the simplest ways to transform a space and an essential part of any new build or renovation project.
That Fresh Paint Smell and Indoor Air Quality
Have you every wondered what you’re actually smelling? Well, I hate to break it to you but it’s not roses. It’s actually the not so beautiful smell of chemicals known as VOC’s – volatile organic compounds.
So you’re thinking you can wear protection while painting and after it dries you’re worry free right? Unfortunately VOC’s don’t go away when the paint dries, rather they off gas for years and years affecting indoor air quality.
contributes to allergies
contributes to asthma
have been shown to be carcinogenic
can cause issues with the central nervous system
can cause headaches
Oh, and they’re not good for mother earth either. Oftentimes what affects us, affects the environment as well. VOC pollutants disrupt the ozone layer contributing to global warming and the greenhouse gas effect.
We learn as we live, just like lead paints, VOC paints will eventually be a thing of the past. Regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, VOC free paints will eventually be the norm. Until then we as consumers need to make informed decisions.
So, what paint to use to promote healthy indoor air quality?
While Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and other large brands are hopping on the eco-train right now we really love CLARE.
The Benefits of Clare Paint:
No hazardous pollutants or concerning chemicals
GREENGUARD gold certified meaning it was tested for more than 360 VOC’s and other hazardous chemicals
The company focuses on sustainability
They use recycled materials for products & shipping
They run an energy efficient factory that treats & recycles water for reuse