Saturday, October 24, 2009
Nothing can transform a room faster than a new coat of paint. But did you know that in addition to that fantastic new color is the immediate addition of pollutant levels up to 1,000 times outdoor levels! EPA studies have shown that VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) emitted from traditional household paint result in your living room having 2 to 5 times more pollutants than the air outside.These elevated pollution levels can have significant health ramifications including: eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, allergic skin reaction, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system and possibly cancer.
According to the Paint Quality Institute, VOCs are not just bad for your health, they are bad for the environment too. The industry group claims traditional paints make up 10% of the ozone depleting substances in the US.So how do you avoid these high levels of VOC’s during your next decorating project? Click here to learn more.
Links for the Week
Oct 22 Mythic Paint Launch Party, 6pm to 9pm, Colori, 2243 W. North Ave.
Oct 25 Vert Couture: An Evening of Fall Fashion and Environmental Responsibility, 7pm Runway Show, Chicago Cultural Center, Yates Gallery 78 East Washington St.
Oct 29 Climate Control: A Shedd Eco-Social, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Shedd Aquarium
Oct 30 Late Night Halloween Yoga Party, 9pm to midnight, 2201 W. Belmont
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