My kids are both sleeping, I am eating my chocolately chocolate Raw Organic Vegen Chocolate Bar and perusing the internet. I am getting jazzed about our new bedroom set that is arriving next week and looking up paints online.
We plan to paint our bedroom before the new set comes, simply because it seems a good time to do it. It has been a beautiful peach color for the past 4 years, it was the first room we painted when we moved in. And I love it! I’ll miss it.
When we first moved in, and I had horrible morning sickness and non-working heat in December. I’d burrow in my bed, look at my peach walls and how pretty they were against the green bush out the window and feel a bit better. So I’ll miss these peach walls.
But I’m excited for something new. And what is so ridiculously cool this time, is that a mere four years ago, before all this eco-greeness was so popular, we couldn’t really get no-VOC paint. I mean, we could have, but it was a lot harder, costed a lot more, and we had a real time crunch, with me living at my mom’s (b/c being pregnant I couldn’t be in the new house after refinishing the floors) and Payman was working loooong hours at circuit city.
Now, eco-friendly paint is at both Lowe’s and Home Depot and isn’t going to run us any more money. I wish I’d had this option when I was pregnant but at least the kids are still little and we can make a better choice.
I’ll attach some links, but what I’ve found is that Home Depot’s Freshaire paint is truly no-VOC… even after they tint it (the tint has its own volatile organic compounds) but limited colors.
Lowe’s has Olympic no-VOC paints and primer, but the tint does have some VOC in it. Probably tons less than conventional paint though. And its kind of cool that Olympic did not create a no-VOC line, but all their paint is like this now– it is all they sell.
But even despite some in the tint, Olympic has a Green Seal Certification. It’s always good when something has been checked out by a third party. That is why I began looking online at no-VOC paint reviews. In a going-green-is-trendy media climate, companies are going to prey on people’s good intentions, such is my opinion of GreenWorks cleaning products. I still support the little guy green cleaning prods, but I digress.
I wanted to make sure what I was buying at a chain store like Lowe’s was the real thing. And it appears to be!
Yay! This is great news for me because we had to compromise our eco-morals and best intentions for the air our kids breath while sleeping in the choice of our new bedroom set. We’ve never had matching furniture sets, we’ve only bought one or two pieces of furniture new together as a couple. Everything is second-hand or hand me downs. And that’s perfectly okay. That is the greenest way to go, and you are more likely to get real wood furniture, not formaldehyded, polyurethaned partical board franken-furniture.
But we really loved this bedroom set we found, and the sustainable wood version was just too prohibitive for us. We cannot spend $3000 on just the bed alone! There was no way.
So we didn’t get sustainable or hand made wooden bed room furniture. We did however, purchase a new king organic cotton/wool/latex mattress. We really needed the bigger bed with these guys crowding us… Payman sleeps on the foot of the bed and the two girls surround me. I woke up one night and realized my foot was actually on the poor man’s face.
So we compromised on the furniture, but no way in hell was I buying a king mattress full chemical flame retardent chems that have been linked to all kinds of the breakdown of civilization by studies in Europe next to my baby’s faces.
A few years back, reading about buying a chem-free crib mattress (I foolishly thought my babies would be the kind that happily sleep in a crib in another room), I read about SIDS and babies sleeping on their tummies and how their body heat makes the chemicals come out of the mattress and helps in suffocation. So you are supposed to have a good mattress pad on the crib mattress, but I’d prefer just to not have the chemically treated mattress.
Seriously… read about the stuff that’s in mattresses. Not good.
We’ll put several plants in our room and some activated charcoal for the chems that the furniture offgases, buy organic cotton sheets (the pesticides used on cotton are horrible for the people who work the fields) for our organic mattress, and use no-VOC commercially available paint.
That’s what this blog is about. Making the best choices you can with the money and resources available.