House paint, a petroleum based product, can contain up to 1500 different petrochemicals, which are toxic when in liquid and drying form. These volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, smog and require large amounts of energy to make. Oil paint may seem noxious, because of its fumes, but it’s no worse than petroleum based acrylic.
Some companies offer paint that uses clay and natural oils as a base, rather than petroleum. Using an environmentally friendly paint will reduce your impact on the environment and keep your home safer and healthier. Choose oil paints made from linseed oil and turpentine to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use top quality paint to increase time between recoating. Look for products that use environmentally friendly products and containers. Look for paint first at a paint exchange before buying new.