Chemical Paints contain a lot of harmful chemicals which can pose serious health problems both for those involved in the manufacturing process and those living under the painted roofs as well as the environment. There are many benefits to natural paints as follows:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) : Chemical paints often contain high levels of VOCs, which are chemicals that can be released into air during painting and contribute to indoor air pollution. VOCs can cause respiratory issues, headaches, dizziness, and other health problems, especially in sensitive individuals such as children, elderly, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. VOCs can contribute to outdoor air pollution and can contribute to formation of smog.
Heavy metals: Some chemical paints contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, and mercury, which can be toxic to humans and the environment. These heavy metals can pose health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women, and can contaminate soil, water, and air when released into the environment.
Formaldehydes: Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound that can be used as a preservative and a binder in some paints. It is known to be a respiratory irritant and a potential human carcinogen, and its use in paints has raised concerns about indoor air quality and human health.
Isocyanates: Isocyanates are chemicals used as cross-linkers and curing agents in some paints, particularly in two-component or polyurethane paints. Isocyanates can cause respiratory sensitization and may be associated with respiratory issues, skin irritation and other health risks for workers and occupants of spaces where these paints are used.
Solvents: Solvents used in chemical paints, such as toluene, xylene, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can contribute to indoor as well as outdoor air pollution and pose health risks, including respiratory irritation and other health issues.
Other Harmful Chemicals: Chemical paints may contain other harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, phthalates, alkylphenols, and other hazardous substances that can have negative impacts on human health and environment.
Apart from being infused with majoritarily harmful ingredients as compared to natural paints, these pose certain other threats when it comes to disposing the paints and other issues like allergies and sensitivities etc. Let us discuss them in detail:
Environmental pollution: The production, use, and disposal of chemical paints can contribute to environmental pollution. During the manufacturing process, toxic chemicals can be released into the air and water, contributing to air and water pollution. Improper disposal of leftover paint and paint cans can also result in soil and water contamination.
Hazardous ingredients: Chemical paints may contain hazardous ingredients such as heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury), formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals that can be harmful to human health and the environment. These ingredients can leach into air and water, posing health risks to both humans and wildlife.
Disposal challenges: Disposing of leftover chemical paint and paint cans can be challenging, as they are considered hazardous waste in many jurisdictions. Improper disposal of paint cans or pouring paint down drains or into the soil can contaminate water sources and harm the environment.
Environment impact: The production of chemical paints often involves energy-intensive processes, extraction of raw materials, and generation of waste, contributing to carbon emissions, deforestation, and depletion of natural resources.
Allergies and sensitivities: Chemical paints may contain allergens and irritants that can trigger allergies and sensitivities in some individuals, leading to skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other health problems.
Because of the harmful properties chemicals possess it’s important to handle chemical paints with caution, follow proper safety precautions during painting, and dispose of them properly to minimize their harmful effects on human health and the environment.
Its important to use chemical paints in a well-ventilated area, follow proper safety precautions, and dispose of leftover paint and paint-related materials responsibly. Its also a good practice to look for paints with low VOC content, free of heavy metals and other harmful ingredients, and to follow regulations and guidelines regarding paint use and disposal to minimize potential harmful effects.
To avoid all these problems people are switching to natural paints from chemical paints. Natural paints made from cow dung are free from VOCs and also claim to have very few heavy metals as compared to chemical paints which are none other then just a cocktail of harmful chemicals. Apart from being free from such harmful ingredients, it also provides the user with Ashta-Labh, which implies eight benefits derived from cow dung infused in the paint to give it the authentic coat of Indian Vibe! Natural paints manufactured by the Indian Ocean Paints.
Who are a permissioned manufacturer of the original paint initiative taken by GOI, registered under Bureau of Indian Standards having passed all the tests regarding its environment friendly benefits and outstands all the Paint Brands in the market by its cost-effectiveness. It also saves Cows as they become a source of income even when they are non-milking!
To continue with, the list of benefits is never ending with Vastu-benefits coming handy with the authentic-layering. Give it a try and please do buy, to save the cows and increase the health life of walls to make environment breath and fly.