Today we are going to be discussing our guide to a toxic free home, focussing primarily on wall paint. Toxic free paint is one of the easiest changes to make when it comes to opting for a non toxic home, this is because it doesn't affect your lifestyle significantly. There are many household products that release toxins into the air in your home which can have a negative impact on your health but can also be detrimental to the environment. This guide aims to make you more aware of the toxins in your home and the changes you can make to minimise them.
What is toxic free paint?
First of all, you may be wondering, what is toxic free paint? Put simply, is a wall paint that contains minimal levels of volatile organic compounds also known as VOCs. Your standard wall paint contains these VOCs that release potentially harmful chemicals into the air of our homes and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. There is little awareness of these substances that exist in so many household products. Our aim is to raise awareness and help by providing a toxic free paint alternative that contains minimal levels of volatile organic compounds.
Why change to toxic free paint?
There are many reasons why we suggest switching to a natural paint when decorating your home. The main reason being, a toxic free paint means a toxic free home. This makes your home a much healthier environment. Here are a list of other benefits of changing to a non-toxic paint:
The first reason we recommend changing to a toxic free paint is that it contains lower levels of VOCs, which as discussed at the start of this article, are bad for you and the environment. Standard paints containing VOCs release these toxic chemicals into the air as the paint dries. Unfortunately, these chemicals are released long after the paint dries and are worsened by heat such as direct sunlight or even radiators. This leads to the process of off-gassing which can cause headaches, dizziness and worsen symptoms of asthma and allergies. By switching to a low VOC paint alternative, you get to avoid this which improves the air quality in your home.
The next reason why changing to a non toxic paint is beneficial is that you can limit and even avoid the nasty smells that we are all too familiar with when opening a fresh tin of paint. These smells are also caused by the VOC toxins in your paint. Not only are these smells unpleasant, they can also lead to headaches, light-headedness and nausea. By opting for a toxic free paint, you get to minimise these odours and in turn reduce the chances of side effects when painting your home.
Safe for you and your family
The next reason why a non toxic paint alternative is great is because you can relax knowing that it is safe for you and your family. This is because toxic free paint doesn't emit the same amount of chemicals into the air of your home as a typical wall paint would.
Significantly, VOC toxins contribute to global warming as a result of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Using low VOC, toxic free paint is a great way to reduce your environmental impact.
Animal cruelty free
Many people are unaware of the fact that many paint brands contain animal derived products. What’s worse is that some paint companies continue to test their products on animals. Victory Colours is a non toxic paint brand that is 100% animal cruelty free making its suitable for vegans. Although this is a benefit of Victory Colours non toxic paint, this benefit doesn't apply to all non toxic paint brands to make sure to do your research first and check the ingredients if the paint does not explicitly state that it is vegan or animal cruelty free.
Other toxic household products to avoid
We have covered in detail the reasons why we suggest switching to a non toxic, low voc paint in your home. We also wanted to cover some of the other household products that contain toxins so you can avoid them too. Here are some examples:
- Antibacterial soaps
- Air fresheners
We hope this article has helped give a better insight into the toxins released by so many household items and how making a small change, such as choosing a non toxic wall paint can make a huge differenceTo find out more about volatile organic compounds please head over to our previous blog post ‘VOC free paint Vs VOC paint’ and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.