Back in the late ‘70s, all household paints contained lead: yours, mine and theirs. Oblivious to the dangers it posed, we happily went about our household renovations, often with our children nearby breathing the dust particles created by dry sanding. With all that we now know about the devastating effects of lead — especially to young children and expecting mothers — just picturing this scene is enough to send shivers up and down the spine.
Flash forward 30 years and we’re still renovating our homes. This time the paint may be lead-free, but now we’ve got VOCs to worry about. VOCs — or Volatile Organic Compounds — contain known carcinogens likes benzene, formaldehyde, kerosene and ammonia, to name just a few. These smelly solvents evaporate and become greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. The more VOCs the paint contains, the stronger the odor. Ironically, that fresh paint smell we love can cause headaches, nausea, respiratory problems and even kidney and liver damage.
The good news is you can now buy paint with zero VOCs — which means it’s free of the chemical solvents and preservatives that are as bad for the environment as they are for your health. I had the opportunity to experiment with YOLO Colorhouse® paints, an environmentally responsible set of tints “created by scientists and artists with nature in mind.” This woman owned business has been creating finishes since 1996.
With comparable cost and finish to regular paint, why choose anything else?