As society's concern for the environment increases, the demand for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional house painting has also increased. Traditional paint is full of VOC's (volatile organic compounds) that release toxins into the air even years after application. Many of those compounds are suspected to be carcinogenic (cancer causing), and some, such as formaldehyde, have been proven to be cancer causing. Fortunately, there are a number of environmentally friendly alternatives to the traditional. Any attempt to limit the amount of VOC's in the air is to be applauded.

How to choose eco-friendly house painting supplies

As the demand for environmentally friendly house painting supplies grows, so does the supply. Where there were maybe one or two different choices only a couple of years ago, there are now rows and rows at the home improvement store and they're available in a wide variety of colors. Gone is the strong, trademark smell of paint, which when used indoors can create 2-5 times the pollution as outside air (EPA). The EPA's current acceptable VOC levels are less than 250 grams of VOC's per liter of paint. In order to carry the label of "no voc's", the amount has to be less than 5 grams per liter. Many major paint manufacturers are beginning to offer this type of paint. Sherwin Williams offers this option already. There is also company that offers an interesting no VOC paint is called "Old Fashioned Milk Paint." Its key ingredients are powdered milk, pharmaceutical-grade lime (eco-friendly), and natural oxides for color.

Benefits of using eco-friendly house painting supplies

There are many benefits of using eco-friendly including reducing your "environmental footprint" (your personal impact on the environment). If you use a paint containing lime, you will also be cleaning the air you breathe, as lime naturally absorbs carbon dioxide and cleans emissions inside and outside of your home. Most people that have tried the eco-friendly options love it. Besides the lack of smell, they glide on smoother than traditional paint and leave less lines. They also have a quicker drying time. The only disadvantage is the cost, which can be 35% more than the traditional. However, if you are concerned about the environment, the higher cost will not be as big a negative as the lowered environmental impact is a positive.