Green Wednesday: Breathe Easier with 7 All-Natural Paints

From on August 20, 2008 in Green Remodeling

paint roller Traditional house paints have been chock full of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from oil and other toxic products in the paints. So many homeowners are now looking to protect their families and their environment that several organic, all-natural lines of paints have sprung up. These are quality paints that can cost similar to conventional, high-quality paints (although they will be considerably more expensive than paints you’ll find at Wal-Mart). Most are strictly interior paints or wood stains and sealers. The following seven companies are mainly independent, but due to the growing popularity of natural paints, many large paint manufacturers have also developed natural, low- or zero-VOC paint lines.

  1. Bio-Sheild offers wood stains, wall paints, primers, and more from various retailers, online, or through their free catalog.
  2. YOLO offers zero-VOC paints for interior and exterior applications. Look for their wide variety of products and Green Seal certification.
  3. Ecos Organic Paints for European homeowners looking for VOC and solvent free paints.
  4. The Real Milk Paint Company offers all natural, milk-based paints and other related products. Milk paint has been around for hundreds of years and is commonly used in restoring vintage furniture.
  5. Green Planet Paints specializes in clay-based pigments for their all natural paints. You can find stores in over a dozen states and British Columbia or buy online. They deal only in interior paints.
  6. Livos is available through floorings.com and focuses on stains, sealers, and paints made from all natural ingredients and intended for use on wood.
  7. Aglaia Paints offers a variety of products from natural wall paints to beeswax glazes.

These are just seven out of many and retailers are spread out across the country. Ask your painting contractor about organic and natural paint retailers in your area.