Posted by: sakalaradiance | November 3, 2008

The holistic and organic wave hits the home interiors world. posted this blog today about the health hazards associated with volatile organic compounds or VOCs found in many household products, specifically paint, and a company that has introduced a new line of healthier alternatives to a home interior design staple. I think it’s really important that people in industries other than fashion, nutrition, and of course beauty, are making it a point to provide greener solutions to the consumer. It’s rather unnerving to think about all the household chemicals that we’re probably surrounded by all the time, many of us oblivious to the potential for health risks. I, myself, need to investigate these healthier and more eco friendly alternatives. Just a thought.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Home – Olympic Premium Interior Paint

Eye, nose and throat irritation. Headaches. Loss of coordination. Nausea. Damage to the kidney, liver and central nervous system.

Doesn’t sound like much fun, but those are just some of the problems that the EPA says Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can cause.

Where do VOCs lurk? Let’s quote the EPA again:

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.

Generally speaking, the EPA says that levels of VOC pollutants are 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors, which speaks volumes to all the volatile chemicals we have inadvertently introduced into our living spaces.

That’s why it’s so great to see paint manufacturers creating VOC-free formulations. Take Olympic’s line of Premium Interior Paint. These zero VOC/low odor paints come in a rainbow of 1200+ colors so you can avoid VOCs no matter what sort of wacky paint job you want to make.

Olympic Premium Interior Paints carry a Green Seal Certification. We downloaded the Green Seal standards for paints and coatings, which states that in order to get Green Seal certification paints cannot contain “any ingredients that are carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins, hazardous air pollutants or ozone-depleting compounds.” There are strict prohibitions on specific compounds (heavy metals, phthalates, 1,2-dichlorobenzene, etc.) as well as tight limits on VOCs.

(FYI, Olympic has its own Going Green page, where it notes that Green Seal meets EPA criteria for Third Party Certifiers. All of which goes to show that there is some seriously intense certifying going on around here!)

Removing all those VOCs doesn’t seem to have affected paint performance. In fact, Olympic says the Premium Interior Paints quality and durability reimain strong, while stain resistance has actually improved. The company backs up these claims with a 25-year warranty.

So you can turn your walls into a work of art with confidence that it will last for decades without off-gassing any nasty organic compounds.

Where to buy:
Olympic Premium Interior Paints (MSRP $17 per gallon and up) are sold exclusively at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouses.


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