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COLOR YOUR HOME GREEN

Since you already devote a lot of thought to choosing the right color and finish of paint, stain, or varnish, don’t forget to consider the product’s environmental impact at the same time.

The most significant ingredients in this regard are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nine percent of the airborne pollutants that form ground-level ozone—smog—come from the VOCs in paint. The EPA advises caution when using products that contain VOCs because exposure to these compounds can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment.

In addition, many oil-based products contribute to further environmental damage because they are derived from petroleum. Extracting and processing this non-renewable fossil fuel contributes to air and water pollution.

Alternatives

What you do with your finishing/decorating products once your project is finished is a critical yet often overlooked decision. Follow the tips below to greatly reduce the environmental damage these products can do:

Written by: Union of Concerned Scientists.


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