Zero VOC’s Please! | Whole Green Love

13 Aug

My husband and I bought a home about a year ago. Since we’ve moved in, we’ve been like little machines completing projects like crazy! Of course, we started out strong and our ambition faded over time, but recently we got crackin’ again. We had two rooms left to paint: the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. When this whole process started, we went with conventional paint for our rooms. I mean, we were new at this. Now that I’ve become a bit more eco-savvy (and had some time to do my research), I decided it was time to test out a zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint.

So, what’s the deal with VOC’s? VOC’s are found in tons of things: cleaning products, secondhand smoke, aerosols, pesticides, paint – the list goes on. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, VOC’s can contribute to nausea, headaches, loss of coordination, and damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Studies also show that VOC’s have caused cancer in rats and are suspected of causing cancer in humans. Umm? HELLO? Reason enough to rid our home of VOC’s.

I’m a Behr paint girl. Most of our house is painted with Behr because let’s be honest, that paint goes on like butter. But I was willing to open my heart and mind to a new paint. We purchased The Freshaire Choice (found at Home Depot) in Bright White, Canyon Pebble, and Smooth Driftwood. What lovely names. We also purchased a gallon of the ceiling paint. The Freshaire Choice paint is a zero VOC paint and another bonus – you can recycle the cans.

I have only positive things to say about this paint! It goes on beautifully, dries quickly, and smells…like nothing. My husband is picky about his ceiling paint (he had a little situation with another brand and still stares menacingly at the ceilings he hasn’t repainted yet) and was pleasantly surprised with how great The Freshaire Choice ceiling paint went on.

Some may say this is a shortcoming, but there aren’t tons of colors to choose from with most of the zero-VOC paints out there. And at least with the Freshaire Choice, there is no color matching option. I actually thought the fewer color options made the color selection process much less stressful.

Overall, I thought the paint was great, I would use it again, and I would recommend it to others!

Have you had a good experience with a zero-VOC paint? If so, please share!

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