Last week when our cleaning helper was leaving, she asked if we were going to have our walls painted while we were on summer holiday. Ouch. Sting. Zinger. Although she's right (remember we have a 2.5 year old toddler and a huge dog) that we need a minor (read: major) touch-up on our walls, it was a slap in the face to hear. Guess we're not the only ones who notice!
So I began searching around for safe paints to use. I know that most paints have toxic VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, which may sound nice (because of the word "organic") but in reality they're anything but, as they release toxic fumes into the air that not only smell unpleasant, but are linked to long-term health problems in children and adults. My suggestion: go the natural route. There are plenty of alternatives to making your walls look polished and praise-worthy (instead of being criticized!) with a few strokes of eco-friendly paint. Two of the top choices that I've discovered have been from US brand AFM Safecoat, which has been around for over 25 years and is approved by health professionals as a recommended alternative to chemical-laden paints. For those of us in Europe, the UK brand Earthborn has a myriad of paints to choose from for interiors and exteriors, and also a choice of the type of paint to use - like Casein Paint, or also known as milk paint! Both brands are wonderful for children's rooms, where you definitely don't want any chemicals or fumes disturbing the ever-so-essential sleep time. Great for kids, great for adults, great for the environment - beautifying your home the natural way!