I want to bring you an important and natural tip for living more green and living healthier in your home - choose Zero VOC paint!! It is not even a hard tip to follow because of the great options I will share with you today.
First, let's talk about why going zero VOC in your home is so important! Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases emitted by a variety of liquid and solid synthetic materials. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause, “Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system, and cancer in humans.” They also note that, “Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.” Are those enough reasons to switch out regular paints with zero VOC varieties?
This is especially important when talking about painting indoors. Various studies have shown that indoor VOCs average 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor VOC levels. Shockingly, after immediate exposure to some activities, like paint stripping, levels in your house can be up to 1,000 times greater than outdoor levels. In fact the EPA states that household levels of VOCs may be 1,000 times higher than outdoor levels for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping. Scary?
But, don't worry, Olympic has come out with zero VOC paint in any color that you can use indoors! Olympic Premium Interior Paint in any color is totally Zero VOC, so you can breathe easy and contribute to the health of your home and the environment. You can choose from over 1,200 colors, or you can even custom match any color! Great news!!
I have been working on my daughter's nursery, and that is one place I certainly wouldn't mess around with regular paint. We just bought her a solid wood dresser that was unfinished, because I didn't want any toxic finishes on her bedroom furniture. Then, we used some of the Olympic zero VOC primer and paint to paint this new addition to her room. Check out my before and after pictures below!
The color we chose for this project was Summer Breeze, which is a beautiful light minty green color! It is so peaceful and subtle. I love it! What we did was put one coat of the Olympic zero VOC primer, then we put on two coats of the zero VOC Summer Breeze paint. I love that there is now no smell in her room, and the paint dried super fast! I think it was dry in like 30 minutes!
I also ordered a Madeira Red color, which is a beautiful deep red color, which we are also going to use on her room! We got both of these paints and the primer from our local Lowe's, so you can find them very conveniently.
One other thing I wanted to mention is Olympic's new online color visualizer - ColorClix. The next time you see an inspirational color that you love, capture the color and ColorClix will match it for you. Then, you just take your printout to your nearest Lowe's and get your Olympic zero VOC paint match! How easy and convenient is that? It is a wonderful free tool to take advantage of!
To learn more about how Olympic is going green, check out their Go Green page. It has great tips, explanations and videos about how they are going green and you can too!
And now for the best part - we are giving away two cans of Olympic zero VOC paint and one primer to one of my fabulous readers! How awesome is that?
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The deadline for this giveaway is November 15th at 11:59 pm EST, at which time a winner will be randomely chosen. Make sure that you include your email in your comments because if I can't get a hold of you, you can't win!
* Thank you to Olympic for this product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review through Olympic for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*