Eco friendly paints: First choice of every painter

According to an article published in a popular magazine ‘The Guardian’, World Health Organization says that the professional decorators are 40% more likely to contract lung cancer. The paint which they used is manufactured by various potentially harmful processes. Not only the production involves the use of some non-sustainable resources, it is said that production of one litre of paint can result in up to 30 litres of toxic waste. Eco paints have emerged as an alternative option. Most of the painters in Hawthorn are choosing these eco friendly paints for doing the interior as well as exterior painting of the walls.

What are the options available

The paint industry has developed numerous chemicals for enhancing the product color, shelf-life, texture and various other properties. Many of them contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as glycol ethers; ethyl acetate and acetone are organic chemicals that are often used as solvents in the production of conventional paints. They enter into the air people inhale and after getting into the lungs, they create a harmful effect on the body. The odor that arises from the paint is quite suffocating.

The harm from the vapors of synthetic paint on people largely depends on the time of exposure. These paints not just affect the human body but also harm the environment. The potential adverse effect of the paint has made it a serious issue for the paint companies to alter the composition of their product to make it superior and free from toxins.

There are three kinds of green paints available. The first one is the Zero-VOC paint in which the VOCs level is so low that they can be considered completely harmless. Low VOC paints are another type of green paints in which the concentration of VOC ranges between 5 to 200 grams per litre of paint. The third type of green paint is often termed as natural paint that is manufactured by using natural ingredients such as water, tree resins, natural dyes and essential oils. They lack VOCs. Oil based natural paints have smell while the water-based paints are odorless.

Where can they buy

Well, it’s easy to find eco friendly paints these days, as the demand is increasing with great pace. More and more people are asking their painters in Hawthorn to make the use of toxin-free paints. Green paint is a wise selection for older walls as the micropores of the paint help in making it breathable. They are also ideal for kids’ room. One can easily find a great selection of green emulsions, masonry paint, exterior and interior egg shell and primers.

Are they effective

These days, most of the people have started preferring green paint for their premises as they do not contain toxic ingredients that are usually present in all standard paints available in the market. Milk paint, clay paint are some of the popular eco friendly paint alternatives that are highly breathable and bring more life to the room. They are ideal for newly plastered surfaces that have high moisture content. The green paints used by the painters in Hawthorn are biodegradable, organic and have zero VOC. They are quite effective for both internal and external application.