Eco-Friendly painting tips for a more sustainable home
Both for us in Gkikas Painting in Montclair and for all the people who populate this beautiful planet and the planet itself. Man has abused nature’s indulgence for far too long and it is time to get back in line. To bring out the sensitivity on the subject that is within us and cultivate it.
But how is it possible to give a concrete hand? Isn’t that a responsibility that the authorities and the most influential people in the society should bear? This is without a doubt. At the same time, however, it is good to take action in the first person, with conscious choices, daughters of respect.
Don’t think that you are left out because there are some simple steps to take. Let’s say he intends to repaint the house. On the market, many illustrious brands offer ecological painting.
A solution designed with the aim of having as little impact on the ecosystem as possible. The concept of the sick house, which we will present to you below, is linked to the discourse.
Why painting your house with ecological paints?
Often our attention is focused exclusively on the choice of technique and the shade of paint. Yet two types of problems arose when making a decision:
- excess of volatile emanations in the environments
- reduced breathability of the walls.
Although it may seem incredible to you, domestic (or indoor) pollution can be much more harmful than that present outside. The fumes present in a confined space (of home, work, leisure) are considerable.
We don’t realize it, yet the internal conditions of a building are often worse than those outside. And remember: in confined places we spend most of the hours of the day.
Researchers have established the link between the onset of human pathologies and conventional products for the treatment of walls. It is mainly the brain, liver, and nerves that are exposed to the risks in the event of inhalation.
The articles normally on the market create a dangerous protective barrier
In general, paints consist of a binder, a pigment, and a solvent. Now, the articles typically on the market create a real protective barrier. That is, they prevent the natural breathability of building materials.
And, therefore, they inhibit the creation of a positive living microclimate. The plastic resins and paints that coat the walls ensure that each toxic particle produced remains inside.
For every kg of paint applied, from 250 to 800 g of solvent evaporate; it is a matter of a moment to understand the number of harmful vapors inhaled. Solvents are found mainly in paints, varnishes, paint strippers, and impregnating products. In oil paints, they sometimes reach 50%, in washable murals 15%.
The most common solvents contained
Among the most common solvents, we remember benzene, one of the most dangerous. It can severely irritate the mucous membranes, lead to changes in blood composition, damage to the kidneys, liver, and spleen.
Synthetic turpentine and carbon tetrachloride have a carcinogenic action. Prolonged breathing causes nausea, irritation, and fainting. Dichloromethane can act on the nervous system. Acute poisoning causes nerve palsy. In short, there is very little to be calm and serene about!
In light of what we have just told you, you will wonder why you shouldn’t resort to ecological painting. And you do well!
The architectural tradition has allowed us to know the lime putty finishes; they are highly resistant to the formation of mold and breathable. It is not essential to aim for a 100% natural product at any cost; however, it is certainly essential that it be as much as possible.
It is essential to aspiring to concrete objectives such as the drastic reduction in the level of volatile harmful substances (the so-called VOCs).
Ecological paint for the “Third Skin”
Secondly, it is crucial to allow the transpiration of the walls, which must act as a humidity regulation filter. To refer to it, insiders use an interesting term: “Third Skin”.
If the “First Skin” is the epidermis and the “Second Skin” is given by the clothes worn; the “Third Skin” is the house in which we live. As such it must also be breathable. Simple.
Painting the walls with ecological paint is not revolutionary at all, if anything it is an ancient practice to be rediscovered. A decisive philosophy to ensure the healthiness of the air and protect from humidity.