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If you're like most of us, the most important element in your life is your family -  in fact, we spend most of our adult working hours with one goal in mind... to provide for our families and to create a safe environment for them.

However, unknowingly, we often bring unsafe toxins and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) directly into our homes through the introduction of a simple commodity... new paint.

Although some paint toxins have recently been reduced, paint may emit several VOCs for months after application. One study estimated that less than 50% of VOCs in latex paint are emitted in the first year. Toxic compounds in this study included ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, Texanol®, and butoxyethanol.

In 2000, Dr. Stephen Brown, a principal research scientist of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) published a media release entitled, New Home Owners Breathe Toxic Cocktail. An excerpt from the release states,

        "Occupants of new Australian homes may be exposed to up to 20 times the maximum allowable limits of indoor air toxics an Australian first study has found.
        "The CSIRO study shows that the National Health & Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) maximum limits of total volatile organic air toxics may be exceeded in such houses for at least ten weeks after completion.
        "The most potent sources are paints, adhesives and some wood-based panels.
        "Further CSIRO measurements in 27 suburban Melbourne residences more than a year after construction identified 27 airborne toxics. These included the carcinogens benzene, formaldehyde and styrene, and a cocktail of methanol, ethanol, acetone, toluene, dichlorobenzene plus a number of less well-known toxics.
        "Identifying these air toxics is part of a worldwide focus on identifying and controlling the cost to human health associated with modern living."

In the article, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Your Home, the U.S. Environmental Protection Association (EPA) is quoted:
        "Persons with respiratory problems such as asthma, young children, elderly, and persons with heightened sensitivity to chemicals may be more susceptible to illness from VOC exposure."
VOCs are organic chemical compounds that vaporize and enter the atmosphere. VOCs include aldehydes, ketones, and hydrocarbons and may be either organic compounds or mixtures of varied composition.

The Paint Quality Institute, UK recommends that DIY painters always choose non-toxic paints and pigments over those that are toxic.

We agree. It's scary out there, but Designer Paint Company aims to make a difference... helping you keep your home safe with non-toxic paints. Not only do we sell family-friendly non-toxic paints, we'll train you in the best paint application methods, providing years of non-toxic beauty for your home and safety for your family.

Contact us at the Designer Paint Company location nearest you.

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