Its what is inside that counts Part 2.

Now the pregnancy phase and beyond for parents and painting.

To enable it to dry on the walls, most modern paints, use solvents which gas off into the air setting the paint in the process. This is the horrible wet paint smell that so many people react to adversely. Do not be fooled, the smell may settle down after a few days but that product continues to gas off for up to 5-7 years, leading to a litany of health issues.

Now due to the regulatory push to lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in paints many companies have swapped their high level of solvents by adding new chemical plasticisers instead. The frightening list of chemicals involved would give anyone nightmares. Also remember that although the tin may say low VOC on the label, the tint used to colour it, will most likely not be. Most readily used tints are high in VOC’s.  More slightly sneaky underhand deception by the big corporates.

Even worse, now, some companies to make their products supposedly more washable are using Nano particles to form protective plasticised top layers. Because this Nano mesh layer makes the painted surface unable to breath they then have to add anti-fungal anti-Bacterial chemicals into the mix.

There are at this point, no regulations, about adding Nano particles to paint. Let me stress, that no long-term scientific studies have been undertaken to work out what effect these particles will have on humans and the environment. These particles are smaller than the cells in the body and can quite literally go anywhere. Remember asbestos anyone?

Finally, all being well, the baby or babies arrive into the world.  At this point the average baby sleeps 10- 18 hours a day. By now you have no doubt realised that the air quality and chemical safety of inside that sleeping environment is critical to promoting infant wellbeing. Tiny lungs and developing brains surely deserve the best options and that means only using the correct decoration products.

That leads to the last inside, what is inside truly safe paint products.  First there are no heavy metals, or harmful plasticisers and they are 100 % solvent free in base and tint. They allow the walls to breath and are composed to offer great wash-ability without Nano particles. Then the paints are strictly tested and pass the highest European standards for ethical, health and environmental qualities.

This is why Colourfied only offers paint products that will enhance your life with beautiful colours not endanger it. Great safe paint designed for use in all three stages of parenthood. If you want to find out more please visit our web site or contact us by e-mail at enquire@colourfied.com for more help and information.

Article Summary:

Ignorance is not bliss, it is import to understand the damaging effect of decorating your home with paint products that are not environmentally and human friendly.

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Its what is inside that counts. Part 1.

There are three main phases in becoming a parent. The pre-pregnancy, the pregnancy and finally the protégé. At each stage it is what happens inside is that counts.

During pre-pregnancy what happens with in the body’s and hormone systems of prospective parents sets the stage for successful conception and a healthy outcome. More and more scientific reports point to the ill effects of exposure to chemicals and environmental toxins to the endocrine system of humans.  Unfortunately, most prospective parents are blissfully unaware, one of the key sources of these pollutants is domestic house paint. The vast majority of readily available commercial paint products are not just pretty but actually pretty awful when it comes to the air we breathe, what we absorb and were we live.

Governments have slowly begun to address this issue by tightening regulations as to paint content but it is a far from where it needs to be. Standards vary wildly and worse still allow unscrupulous companies to “greenwash” their products. This is a travesty for people actually trying to make the right choices when it comes to paint product selection.

Once the pregnancy is in place expectant parents go to huge lengths to ensure the inside of Mum to be, remains safe and free from risk. However, the nesting urge to decorate baby’s first space, drive many into the land of unsafe paint products.

Article Summary:

Ignorance is not bliss, it is import to understanding the damaging effect of decorating your home with paint products that are not environmentally and human friendly.

Colourfied products are the is an alternative because they have no “nasties”, look beautiful and work well.

has no nasties.

 

Preparing the way

2018 here we come. New Year is a time to let go of the past and to plan for the future. For some of us that will involve planning for, or preparing to become parents. It is really important to understand that what we do before the moment of conception can be an invaluable foundation for helping that miracle to occur. There are all the obvious lifestyle changes such as no smoking, restricting the use of alcohol and other recreational substances, losing weight, a healthy varied diet, exercise and reducing stress. However how much do we consider the possible ill effects of the environment we expose ourselves to?

The stats are in, between 1973 – 2011 the male sperm count has dropped by 52% in Western countries. Although there are a multitude of factors at play here, one that keeps  rearing its head, is that of environmental pollution and exposure to harmful toxins. The list goes on and on including, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, methylene chloride, xylene, organic esters (plasticisers) and solvents. What, you may ask, do all these substances have in common? They are all widely used and present in most commonly available household paints. Even in many of the ones that claim to be low VOC.

Now, Napoleon did not expect to be poisoned by his choice of wall paper/paint but he was, because it was full of arsenic. Nor do we expect to be “poisoned” by our choice of decorating materials but we are. These substances leeching and gassing out of paint products in our homes have been shown to cause endocrine disruption. In layman’s terms they mess up our hormones in both sexes. Not great for anyone, let alone those trying for a family. Plus just consider, the long term damage being done to our health.

So what to do? Get out the paint brushes and provocatively cover up/seal in all the horrors with safe non toxic, 100 % solvent free paint, guaranteed to not contain harmful substances. Not only will it beautify your home, it will make it good to live in. Here at Colourfied that is why we only supply paint products tested to the highest European standards. This makes the task of home “environmental health repairs” easy affordable work.

So, after a hard day at the office and your partner meets you at the door with a chart, thermometer and ice cubes, your new fresh, safe, colourful interior, maybe just what you need to help set the mood.

Jacquie

Horsing Around

Many readily available paints can be dangerous to animals because they contain toxic chemicals which include heavy metals and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). These paints emit toxic gases, which can ‘off gas’ from the paint for many years to follow. The smell maybe gone after a few days but do not be fooled, the air pollution does not stop.

Many pets these days are indoor pets, so this is becoming a major problem in animal welfare. Unfortunately not only are they inhaling the gases in their environment, they are often ingesting the harmful toxins by chewing, licking, and eating the surfaces that are painted. If you love your fur children, please decorate with their safety and happiness in mind.

Here is an interesting fact on Melbourne Cup Day.
Horses are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of allergic respiratory disease. Poor or polluted air quality can cause, or exacerbate, respiratory disorders ranging from a condition known as ‘Heavies” or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through to an inflammatory condition known as “Small Airway Disease.” Both conditions are allergic reactions believed to be triggered by irritants in the horse’s environment. To provide a horse with an air safe and stall safe environment it is essential to use the correct paint products.

Colourfied’s paint products are all Baby safe, furry safe, feathery safe and horse safe.

Spring is springing

How lovely, its spring in Melbourne. However that means more of us are racing to find the anti-histamines and inhalers than racing to the Spring Carnival. Blossoms, flowers, grass and shedding animal fur, can for some of us, seem a high cost for nature’s renewal. Ask yourself, what  colour of spring outfit to choose, to match red eyes and a dripping nose?

It got me thinking about hyper sensitive individuals. They suffer feeling like this, not just for a short time come spring, but all the time. This is way beyond a case of irritation, it can be at times, a life threatening condition. The modern world is over flowing with chemicals, scents, solvents and other air borne horrors. This means some people have no choice but to live a very restricted life. They just cannot cope, with the toxic overload. We probably know about the “Boy in a Bubble” but not all the others who suffer like this.

It is worth remembering that Melbourne is the asthma capital of the world.The air we breath outside and even more importantly indoors, is all we have to sustain us and our health. Anything we can do to keep it clean and toxin free, is a vital contribution for all living creatures. At https://www.colourfied.com our safe paint, is a small way we try to help.