Before you pick up a paint brush, consider the toxins that may lurk in that fresh coat of paint, toxins that will affect the air quality of the room and in turn be inhaled by those tiny lungs.
These harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) include xylene, epoxy resins and formaldehyde which vaporise into the air as the paint dries. If ventilation isn’t sufficient these dangerous compounds can accumulate in the air spaces and ‘off gas’ for literally years. VOCs have been associated with health issues ranging from headaches and the development of allergies to behavioural and learning difficulties, kidney and liver damage.
Paint it safe:
If you’re planning to paint the nursery, Architecture and Design
suggests 8 low or non VOC paint brands available in Australia. Non VOC’s for a nursery are obviously preferable.
Other VOC free natural paints that are highly recommended include:
( The retail store Eco at Home at Willoughby provides Livos, Bioproducts and Rockcote)
For ease of organising all the paint accessories, Conscious Paints provides prepackaged paint kits with their chosen brand of Non VOC acrylic paint, Ecolour.
If you’re painting needs extend beyond the nursery and you don’t want to put brush to wall yourself, Greenpainters Association supplies a list of painters well versed in non toxic paints who service your area.
Breathe easy and happy painting!!
Merrilee Linegar, herbalist & nutritionist