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Why Natural Paints?

We use natural paints every day. We have tested and evaluated them over time and our aim is to provide you with all the information we have gathered in an easily digestible format. You’ll find plenty of information on the hazards of petrochemical paints and the tremendous benefits of natural paints.

Why use Natural Paints?

Better for your health:

  • They are non-toxic as they don't release hazardous fumes and are therefore particularly suitable for    children,allergy sufferers and people of ill health who are unable to tolerate chemical paints.

Better for your home:

  • They are micro-porous and allow walls and surfaces to breathe, preventing condensation and damp problems, therefore reducing associated indoor allergens. They are also less prone to paint flaking, peeling and blistering.

Better for the environment:

  • They are environmentally friendly as most use renewable resources that are biodegradable and in most instances can even be composted.

What are the hazards of using normal houshold paints?

Petrochemical paint companies are in the main huge international conglomerates who’s primary aim is profit. They have little concern for peoples health and the environment. The paints they manufacture are a complex mix of chemicals that release harmful vapours in the form of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into your home and the environment. This outgassing can continue for up to 2 years after application!

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) puts paint on its top-five list of environmental hazards. The main hazard from paints is from volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), which include chemicals such as benzene,formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. Some of these chemicals have been shown to cause cancer or nervous system problems.
  • The EPA has shown that when new paint is drying, indoor VOC levels can be 1,000 times the outdoor levels of VOC.
  • Adverse health impacts such as ‘Painters Syndrome’ (brain and central nervous system damage), skin diseases, lung diseases and reproductive disorders have been linked to modern paints (Twinshare Tourist information and the environment 2004)

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