Brush Up Your Interior With Nontoxic Paints

To transform a space into a sanctuary requires healthy and thoughtful choices. The products we choose to bring into our homes make an impact on our quality of life whether we know it or not. It’s true for the food we eat, the clothes we wear and even the air we breathe. That last one might seem surprising but it’s true. Indoors, the air that surrounds us nearly 80% of the time isn’t always safe for people or the planet. Toxic interior paints are the culprits behind many common ailments that can affect us and our loved ones—including those furry and four-legged family members.

What makes a paint eco-friendly?

Describing a paint, finish or a lacquer as eco-friendly means that it doesn’t contain airborne chemicals or gases that will wreak havoc on your health. These low-level toxic emissions are called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that leach out into the air and cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, visual and respiratory impairment—even memory loss.

The EPA notes that the effects of VOCs are about 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors, and if you’re stripping paint during a home project studies show that it can skyrocket up to 1,000 times higher.

The good news is that you can be proactive and clean up the air in your home with more than just a few potted plants. Ready for a fresh start and a fresh coat of paint? Here are the best eco-friendly options for your space.

1. The Real Milk Paint Co.

Milk paint is a healthier alternative that is not a water-based latex or oil-based paint like many commercial options. It’s made from milk protein and is often sold as a powder you can mix with water or ready to go in liquid form. The Real Milk Paint Co. has tons of great color options.

Shop Online | $60/gallon


2. Earth Pigments

Another safe alternative to conventional paints are mineral and plant-based pigments that are sustainably harvested from the earth. This is a more hands-on painting process that requires you to mix the pigments with additional materials but they end result is worth the extra effort. Earth Pigments offers a selection of beautifully rich colors and earth tones like ocher, sienna and cyprus green.

Shop Online | Starting at $54 for 5 kg of base


3. Bioshield

This eco-friendly company offers a line of solvent-free, zero-VOC paints for interior, exterior as well as wall finishes and wood stains. Explore all of their options here.

Shop Online | Starting at $46/gallon


4. Sherwin-Williams Harmony

Not only is Sherwin-Williams Harmony line completely free of VOCs but their innovative technology also helps to purify your home’s air by reducing toxic emissions from other household products.

Shop Online | $56/gallon


5. Benjamin Moore Natura

The Natura line is Benjamin Moore’s collection of zero-VOCs paint. It comes in almost every type of finish, and is asthma and allergy friendly!

Find In Stores | Varies


6. Ecos Paint

The environmentally-friendly Ecos Paint is entirely free of VOCs and offers a colorful selection of organic paints for interior and exterior walls.

Shop Online | Starting at $50/gallon


7. Behr

To make it even easier for you, Behr’s Premium Plus line of eco-friendly paints is zero VOC and a two-in-one paint and primer.

Shop Online | Starting at $25/gallon


8. Earth Safe Finishes

Proudly made in America, Earth Safe Finishes offers safe paints that are zero-VOC and an impressive (and time-saving!) one-coat matte finish paint to make sprucing up your space a breeze.

Shop Online | $120/gallon


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Katherine Oakes is a professional writer, editor and aspiring environmental advocate based on the East Coast. Her passion for sustainability and the outdoors comes only second to her love of really good tacos. She has written for various publications and brands including, Huckberry Journal, REI’s Adventure Projects, Pure Green Magazine and more. Offline, you can find her teaching yoga or blogging about her wholehearted attempts at sustainable living at The Basic Goods.