When renovating your home, there are many choices to choose from – such as flooring material, furniture to kitchen tops. One thing we often miss is the choice of paint to use, not the colour, but the quality of the paint itself.
Wall paints can have a lot of impact on our lives, especially if we enjoy spending time at home a lot. Most of us are not aware that toxic interior paints can be the culprits to the many common ailments that affect our health and the health of our loved ones and our furry friends. It’s time to consider using eco-friendly paints instead of just buying paints mainly to beautify the walls in your home.
How is Eco-Friendly Paint Different?
Eco-friendly paints do not contain airborne chemical or gases that have the potential to affect your health. These chemical compounds in paint is known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and it has low-level toxic emissions that produces off-gas to cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, visual and respiratory impairment. It is also known to also contribute to memory loss. The bad news is that VOCs are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors and if you are stripping paint during a home project, its effect can skyrocket up to a thousand times higher.
Knowing the harm normal paints with VOCs can cause to your health, it is time to consider low VOC paints and here are some options for you to choose from.
Gush Cair Interior Paint
Gush Cair Interior Paint, a home-grown Singapore made paint is specially formulated to combat indoor air pollution. Gush Cair interior paint are able to break down toxic VOCs like formaldehyde and unpleasant odours into harmless by-products such as H2O and CO2 without the presence of UV light, unlike other low-VOC paints.
This means that it is not only able to keep you safe from the harmful health effects of VOC but is able to break down and purify VOCs even in your dark store rooms and when you are asleep at night.
Cair contains no formaldehyde and is quick-drying, odourless with an excellent burning tolerance which keeps the room cool. The paint is also found to be effective in eliminating VOCs for five to eight years in the company’s accelerated weathering rest.
The cost of 5 litres of Cair paint cost $89 while 20 litres cost $289. The company also sell paint samples for $3 and provides free delivery on all orders.
Pu Hua Eco Paint
Pu Hua Eco Paint offers zero-VOC paints.
The company’s website claims that a “low VOC” paint is defined in terms of photochemical reactivity – whether it is able to form ozone, rather than the toxicity of the amount of VOC itself. VOCs according to Puhua Paint site said that certain VOCs are exempt from regulation because they are not photochemically reactive as they are not smog pre-cursors. As a result, it is often found that less VOC content had more VOC emissions and vice-versa.
Pu Hua Eco is the first and only paint company certified to have natural and eco interior wall paint in Singapore that contains zero-VOC. Its products are made from Diamaceous Earth and is 100 percent natural and free of chemicals.
Besides being odourless, it is anti-mould, anti-bacteria, flame retardant and insulates sound and heat. Sounds like a good deal eco-friendly product? Pu Hua Eco’s 5 litres Nature Paint goes for $56 and its 20 litres paint cost $168.
Benjamin Moore is an American innovation that is distributed in Singapore. Benjamin Moore created its own Gennex® Color Technology to create new formulas and new colorants consisting of waterborne colorants that provides vibrant hues that last for years.
The company claims that its paint resists colour fading indoors and is the first company in the U.S. to introduce a zero-VOC waterborne tinting system. Benjamin Moore is able to combine its zero-VOC paints with its other tinted colorant products while maintaining zero-VOC in its paints. It also boosts that its products are durable and has proven longevity across the entire colour spectrum.
A 3.7 litres of Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Interior and Aura interior Paint is priced at US$120. A 0.9 litres cost US$55. You can select colours at its store located at Sin Ming Lane.
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