Many paints contain VOCs or volatile organic compounds that can release toxic emissions inside our homes for years. VOCs are known to cause many illnesses including everything from chronic headaches to cancer.
Paints and finishes are the leading source of VOCs in our homes. So when you’re redecorating a room or re-finishing a piece of furniture, shop for low or no VOC products. Most paint companies now have those options and they’re just as durable and cost effective. Just look for the Green Seal to make sure it’s eco-friendly.
If you have a refinishing project on your to do list, be sure to look for non-toxic paint strippers. They are made using organic solvents instead of toxic chemicals that can also contribute to poor indoor air quality.
As you’re shopping for your home improvement project, try to buy only the amount of paint, thinner or finish than your project needs. When your project is complete if you do have any products left over. Remember, all of these items are considered household hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly.