Traditionally, paints have contained high quantities of VOC’S (Volatile Organic Compounds). These compounds are toxic, harmful to the environment and can cause building sickness. In addition, the strong smell of high quantities of VOC’S found in paint on our walls can make the home living experience challenging. At this point in time there is no legislation governing VOCs in South Africa but, progressive paint manufacturers do offer eco-friendly paints with low VOC’S.
Some manufacturers have introduced reflective paint that absorbs less natural or artificial light, using 20% less light energy. The idea is to make less use of energy-sapping artificial light in interior spaces.
What you need to know:
- Where possible specify low VOC, water-based, lead-free paint
- There are zero VOC paints available from some leading paint manufacturers in South Africa
- Low VOC paints come in the usual variety of colours and a manufacturer’s guarantee
- Quality is not compromised – usually only two coats required on interior walls