GLOW IN THE DARK PAINT
We generally regard organic things as being good for us. Food, clothes, gardening, gifts etc. If they are classed as organic we are drawn to their benefits on health and environmental grounds.
However, not all things organic are good for us!
The confusion stems from the use of the word "organic." To a chemist, the word "organic" simply means a compound containing carbon. This includes everything that is or was once living.
But, there are organic compounds that are harmful to personal health and the environment. These are classed as VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Volatile organic compounds are emitted as gases (commonly referred to as offgassing) from certain solids or liquids and paints are one of the major contributors to the release of VOC's. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.
Paints can release volatile organic compounds whilst you are using them, to some degree when they are stored and for up to 5 years after the application.
In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) studies found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. Additional TEAM studies indicate that while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.
Some of the adverse health effects caused by VOC's are - Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue and dizziness.
It is very important therefore that, as a population we strive towards using VOC Free paint products wherever possible.
Glow Paints are being used much more than they were 10 years ago.
Until recently there has not been a VOC Free Glow Paint available. There are glow paints that are advertised as being Low VOC but these are not the ideal solution.
The Worlds First Ever Totally Safe Glow Paint was recently launched.
Superstarz glow paints are 100% VOC FREE, CHILD-SAFE and ECO-FRIENDLY.
They have been tested and certified as meeting EU Toy Safety Regulations EN71-3 and carry the EU CE Mark, which certifies that a product has met EU health, safety, and environmental requirements ensuring consumer safety.
You can buy Superstarz paints via my ebay shop or visit the Superstarz website via my 'About Me' page.