About VOC's

Introduction
In an era of greenness and environmental awareness we have been hit with so much information that it is hard to figure out what is right, what is wrong and what we need to do for ourselves, our families and our environment. For many years there has been an awareness of products that are toxic and emit odors. Research has shown that indoor air is a leading health risk. This is partially due to the paints, varnishes and solvents we use that contain high VOC’s. Safer products with less toxicity were developed.
Today we have reached a new plateau, the challenge here is to develop products that are totally non toxic to the individual AND, in addition, non toxic to the environment. This is what Earth Safe Finishes has done.

What are VOC's?
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. VOC’s are present in many home products including:  paints, paint strippers, and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies; mineral spirits, alcohol, nail polish and more. VOC’s are the solvents used in these products and when drying they vaporize into the air, leaving the product and entering the air. This is called offgassing. This process may continue for months or even years after the liquid products have dried. There is a chemical reaction with other elements in the air that causes ozone. At ground level ozone is considered a pollutant that can cause inflammation and irritation to ourselves, our families, our pets and our environment. Some of these solvents include formaldehyde, benzene, lead, cadmium, chromium, diethyl phthalate and dibutyl.

How does ozone harm the body?
Ozone attacks the lung tissue through a chemical reaction. It’s like getting a sunburn on the lungs. New research confirms that breathing ozone even over a short period can increase the risk of premature death.  Animal toxicology studies have shown that long-term exposure to high levels of ozone can cause structural changes to the lungs.

Breathing bad air can cause:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pain when inhaling deeply

  • Wheezing and coughing

  • Increased susceptibility to respiratory infections

  • Inflammation of the lungs and airways

What are the effects of VOC's?
Ozone attacks the lung tissue through a chemical reaction. It’s like getting a sunburn on the lungs. New research confirms that breathing ozone even over a short period can increase the risk of premature death.  Animal toxicology studies have shown that long-term exposure to high levels of ozone can cause structural changes to the lungs.

VOC’s in Arts and Crafts Paint and Finish Products
 Working indoors, in an enclosed area, and in close proximity with your work leaves one little choice to either wear a mask, respiratory or have the “not me” attitude where toxicity can affect others but not me. The Earth Safe Finish product line has been researched and developed to counteract these harmful by products that affect individuals, families, pets, and the environment by making a no VOC product line that allows you to:
 
Use paints and finishes safely indoors

  • Paint in inclimate weather with out worry of toxic offgassing in your home

  • Paint with no chemical odor

  • Paint, stain, faux finish with no odor creating a safe environment for the painter/artist and the family living in the house

  • Paint in commercial buildings without having employees leaving their jobs or getting sick

  • Paint during regular working hours, avoiding the need of working nights and overtime

  • Join in the fight to counteract global warming and create a safe environment for all

 
What can be done to protect yourself?
Until recently there has not been quality technology to create alternatives to VOC’s. Earth Safe Finishes is leading the way in the craft, marine and building industries by offering products with no and low VOC’s. We are on the forefront of the movement to create safe products in all parts of our lives.

Educate yourself on what products contain VOC’s and in what levels. Be aware of the products you and your family are using. Just because a product says non-toxic does not mean it has no VOC’s. In fact a product could be considered non-toxic and still contain a harmful amount of VOC’s. Not all testing agencies test products for VOC’s. Hopefully with the help of education we can change the way products are tested.