The world of interior paint has really come a long way in recent decades. Twenty years ago, we never would have imagined the possibility that the walls of our homes would serve any purpose other than privacy. We never gave much thought to things like off-gassing or VOC’s, and we certainly weren’t dreaming up ways to minimize them. We have all become much more aware of air quality since that time, however. Today’s innovations are in stark contrast to the thoughtless practices of years past, and the very paints that used to pollute our indoor environments are providing a way of cleaning the air. Air-purifying paints have been in testing for around 10 years, and their success is going to be a game-changer for the way we live and breathe.
Laboratory studies have concluded that one square meter of air-purifying paint cleans the air as effectively as one large tree. Over the course of one year, this formulation can remove the same amount of pollution that is produced by twelve automobiles. This is an innovation that was desperately needed by most of the developed and developing world. According to the World Health Organization, outdoor pollution is currently classified as the leading cause of cancer (and has been for years). Now, take into account that our indoor air is 2-5x more toxic than our outdoor environment, and it’s easy to see what has driven the invention of something like air-purifying paint.
The paint is purchased in powder form, and water is added just before application. It contains titanium dioxide that can be activated with natural or artificial light, which transforms pollutants into salt molecules. This fascinating compound can grab all of the common pollutants found in homes today, including nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Independent studies have also proven that the paint can remove bacteria (such as E. coli and Staphylococcus) and foul odors (such as those left behind by cigarettes or cooking). The best part is that the paints can be ordered in any color you can imagine, so it’s easy to incorporate them into your home’s existing décor.
Certain parts of the world are using these paints in clever outdoor applications, as well. Innovators in Amsterdam are testing their effectiveness in cleaning the notoriously filthy air found in tunnels, where pollutants are produced by vehicles passing through, but have no way of evaporating away. In Manila, one of the five most polluted cities in the world, artists are using the paint to create “smog-eating graffiti” throughout the city.
The same paints that are being used to clean some of the dirtiest air in the world are available for us in our homes. Their very existence is a testament to the progress we’ve made toward creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment for future generations, and there is no doubt that these paints will be the new standard before too much longer.
The paints are long-lasting and their air-cleaning capabilities last as long as the coat remains intact. There is a slight cost difference, but most would say that it’s money well spent. If you’re interested in learning more about how air-purifying paints can be used in your home, contact me for a complimentary, pressure-free consultation at 303-885-4514.
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