When finding out you have a baby on the way, most couples jump at the chance to prepare a room to use as a nursery when the little one arrives. But the redecorating process isn’t always a healthy or eco friendly one. Paints, wallpapers and other substances can all have harmful effects on the human body, particularly on newborn babies and expectant mothers. When painting your eco nursery, it is important to minimize the use of harmful chemicals and solvents found in paints and wallpapers to provide clean air for your baby’s delicate lungs.
Removing old paint and varnish
When converting a spare room into an eco nursery, you will often need to remove old or peeling paint or varnish. Paint strippers can contain chemicals that can be damaging to your skin, lungs and other internal organs. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in paints and paint strippers and are responsible for the headaches and shortness of breath which some people experience when using these products. In high levels, they can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, even in unborn babies.
Eco paint strippers
Eco paint strippers are available which work without the need for solvents and can be washed away with water. Eco paint strippers produce no fumes and have a minute VOC content, making them suitable for use by asthma sufferers and safe to use around children and pets. Another healthier option to remove old paint is to use a sander to remove the whole layer without the need for chemical strippers.
Painting your eco nursery
Conventional paints, like paint strippers, contain a cocktail of chemicals and solvents which can be harmful to your baby’s lungs when used to paint a nursery. The exposure of children to the chemicals and solvents found in synthetic paints is also thought to be a key contributor to the rising levels of eczema, asthma and other allergies in children. Key components of synthetic paints include:
VOCs- harmful vapours given off by synthetic paints which can cause headaches and nausea
Solvents- used to keep paints runny and easy to apply with a brush
Pesticides and fungicides- added to help prevent the spread of small flies or growth of mould. Linked with nervous system and brain damage, which can cause conditions such as ADHD in children.
When painting your eco nursery, there are a range of eco friendly paints that are safe to use without producing fumes that can harm you or your baby. Eco friendly paint is made from a blend of minerals and plant-based ingredients.
Key benefits of using eco friendly paints include:
Minimal VOC content
Contain no carcinogenic ingredients
Don’t provoke allergies or asthma
Any leftover eco paint can be composted, causing no environmental damage through its disposal
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