Give your home a green makeover with eco friendly paints

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Painting your house is one of the easiest ways to give a fresh new look to it, no matter what shade you select for your walls. But did you know that the type of paint you choose can have a big impact on the indoor air quality of your home, and in turn, your family’s health?

Traditional paints have high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, fungicides, and biocides. VOCs are responsible for a strong odour that you might have experienced in a newly painted room.

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When paint is applied to a surface, VOCs release toxins into the air, potentially causing health problems and damage to the environment. Exposure to VOCs can result in nausea, dizziness, allergic skin reaction, eye irritation, and headache. VOCs also pollute the outside air and cause emissions-related problems.

Luckily, there are plenty of eco-friendly paints available in the market with much less or none of these undesirable side-effects. They are also known as non toxic paints or baby friendly paints. Eco friendly paints come in a variety of colors and textures and offer outstanding coverage, so you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics or quality.

Different types of natural paints include zero-VOC paint (VOC content is less than 5 grams/liter of paint), low VOC paint (VOC concentration is between 5-200 grams/liter), and natural paints that are made from natural ingredients like tree resins, mineral pigments, water, clay, chalk, etc.

Eco paints cost a bit more than conventional paints but are worth it. They have a longer lifespan, release little or no environmentally unsafe materials into the air, and are a healthier option than most other paints.

Here are a few eco-friendly paints option to consider for your home:

  • Berger’s Breathe Easy is a low VOC paint that’s not just low on emission but is odorless as well and leaves no smell after painting. It has been certified as eco-friendly and healthy by Singapore Environment & Health Safety Standards Green Label Committee.
  • Asian Paints’ Royale and Aquadur PU line of paints conform to global VOC specifications and do not contain any hazardous materials. The company recently launched the Green Painting Service for people who want to paint their homes in a safe and environment friendly way. The service is available in several cities including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.
  • Nerolac Impressions ECO CLEAN Ultra Luxury Emulsion is a water-based low odor, lead and VOC-free paint. These paints are ideal for interiors and offer excellent stain and fungal resistance.
  • The Dulux brand of paints have low VOC and odor, and are free from lead, mercury or chromium compounds. The Dulux Weathershield Protect exterior paint comes with special SunReflect pigments that reduce surface temperature by up to 5 degrees. A great option to keep your home cooler this summer.
  • Nippon’s Odour-less AirCare paint comes with Anti-Formaldehyde and Active Carbon Technology that converts formaldehyde into water vapors. Formaldehyde is an active VOC and is one of the most common indoor pollutants found in wood furniture, disinfectants, glue, and insulation material. The paint improves indoor air quality by continuously absorbing the toxic formaldehyde.

If you are planning to repaint your home, you can also consider all-natural alternatives that are biodegradable and free from petrochemicals and heavy metals. Made from natural raw ingredients such as water, plant oils, plant dyes, essential oils, clay, chalk, talcum, milk casein, and natural latex, these paints are the safest for your health and for the environment. Different types of natural paints include lime paint, casein or milk paint, clay paint, and distemper paints. Water-based natural paints are completely odor-free and oil-based paints have a fragrance of citrus or essential oils.

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