Though conventional paints have gotten less toxic over the years, many still release some level of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air in the form of a breathable gas.
According to the American Lung Association, VOCs can cause a number of physical problems, such as eye and skin irritation, as well as lung and kidney damage. Innovations in the green building movement and paint technology have been instrumental in providing builders with a healthier and more environmentally safe painting alternative. The best practice is to use paint that is low in, or does not contain, VOCs.
These "green" paints have many benefits:
Conventional oil-based paints are the most toxic and have become limited in use; and although common latex paints are safer and more commonly used, they can also still contain high levels of VOCs, depending on the brand. In comparison, low- or no-VOC paint is a quality, cost-effective painting option that is safe for the environment and the homeowner.
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