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Published on March 8th, 2012 | by The Green Divas

Is Zero-VOC Paint Really Non-Toxic?

Green Diva Lisa was out this week, so EcoKaren, captain of EcoEtsy and editor of this very blog, sat in as guest Green Diva. We had Green Dude Paul in the studio and we all had a pretty good time! Some surprising and disturbing news from green house expert, Chris Murphy of Smart Little House on how zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint may not be exactly non-toxic. We aired the rest of our interview with Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan about how they each arrived on the green living path and their new eco-baby and green lifestyle business the The Honest Company.

The Sleeping Naked is Green

Use Low-VOC or Water-Based Paints

Chris Murphy of Smart Little House called in for this one – VOCs (Volelite Organic Compounds) are chemical compounds that vaporize into the air when they dry, so we breathe them in, and they can cause a variety of health and environmental issues. Chris kind of surprised us when he said that not all non-VOC paints or household products are necessarily toxic free. He points out that similar to the food industry, not all ingredients have to be listed and are not currently regulated. So, while low or zero-VOC products are good, they are only low in the hundreds of toxic chemicals being regulated and the reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of NON-REGULATED toxic chemicals that could be and are sometimes included, but not listed. Oh boy. Lots of homework to be done here!

Chris noted that a Harvard study showed that kids have a higher rate of asthma and allergies when their rooms were freshly painted while they were newborns or before they were born.

For information on choosing healthier paints, Chris recommended going to SmarterPaint.com

Listen this Sleeping Naked is Green 5-minute segment.

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Feature Interview

We played the last 10 minutes of our recorded interview with Jessica Alba and her business partner, Christopher Gavigan. They talked about their awesome green living company called the Honest Company, which is focused on providing green alternatives for babies, children and families in general.

You can listen to the entire show or download the podcast from here.

Please visit Green Divas website for LOTS of relevant links & resources from the show.

NOTE: Jessica Alba will be LIVE on the show on 3.31.12 along with Christopher to talk more about why they started this company and why they call it the Honest Company . . . mark your calendar and be sure to post any questions for them on the Green Divas Facebook Page!

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  • it appears they thought eico Zero VOC paints were fabulous choice when choosing quality paints

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