What should you look for in Non-Toxic products?

 Non-toxic, is a new buzzword for many companies that want to pass their products as toxic free or healthy, but how do you know if a product is actually safe to use? We want to relieve your headache by providing you with a few tips to safe shopping.

 

Watch out for greenwashing… Greenwashing is when companies advertise that they are environmentally friendly or “green” in order to gain support; however, they don’t actually enforce green practices. The same can be said of companies claiming that to sell non-toxic products. Many companies do this by certifying themselves as “green” based on their own standards. What exactly are those standards? Well we do not know, and frankly the company can keep that private.

 

Look for 3rd party certifications… Since companies often use internal certifications for their products, look for companies that use unbiased 3rd party certifications instead. This will ensure that the company is actually upholding the standards they promise. Greenguard is a trusted 3rd party organization that aims to “protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals,” and does so by only certifying companies and products that meet its high standards. Greenguard is one of the certification organizations that we trust most!

 

Do your research… If you are unsure if something has harmful chemicals in it, look it up! Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be available on the manufacturer’s website, so remain an informed consumer and look up any unknown ingredients. When shopping for paint, a key ingredient to watch out for is Methyl ethyl ketone which can cause eye, nose and throat irritation in the short term and much more harmful effects in the future.

 

Avoid products with fragrances…. A simple way to determine whether or not the product you want to buy is chemical free is to check the label! Beware of any products, such as air fresheners, body products and cleaners that list fragrance as an ingredient. Several thousand different chemicals can be considered a fragrance, without any certainty of what those chemicals are it is best to avoid them.

 

Do your research… If you are unsure if something has harmful chemicals in it, look it up! Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be available on the manufacturer’s website, so remain an informed consumer and look up any unknown ingredients. When shopping for paint, a key ingredient to watch out for is Methyl ethyl ketone which can cause eye, nose and throat irritation in the short term and much more harmful effects in the future.

 

Paint Safely… Traditional paint can be extremely harmful for your painter and your family, so when painting make sure to paint safely! As a green paint store, Green Painter, specializes in healthy paint options. We extensively research every product we sell to guarantee it is the safest for our customers. Based on USGBC standards, paint with 250 grams or less VOCs is considered low VOC paint while paint with 50 grams or less VOCs is considered very low VOC paint. Of course the lower the VOCs the safer it is for you. If you choose to buy your paint somewhere other than Green Painter, be sure to ask if they use non-toxic colorants. There is no use dying your low VOC paint with toxic dyes! Similarly, use low VOC caulks and primers as well.

 

Now this might seem like an information overload, but it is actually becoming easier and easier to shop healthy! An increasing number of companies and organizations are becoming committed to consumer health. Our stores, Green Painter and New Living are just a few! This post is brought to you by Green Painter, a healthy green paint store in Houston, Texas. If you have any additional questions, please visit our website or give us a call at 713-797-2935. We are committed to protecting the health of families, painters and the planet and would be more than happy to help you! 

 

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