If you are going to be doing some springtime cleaning and perhaps are considering applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls, there are some things to think about. And that is what kind of paint you intend to use on your walls so you don’t introduce any fumes to your house that could harm your birds.
Indoor air is considered to be three times more polluted than outdoor air. That’s kind of shocking when you consider the pollutants being introduced into the air from factories and car exhaust. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is one of the top five most hazardous environments to human life. And paints and other types of finishes are the culprits that cause this indoor air pollution.
Paints and other finishes release toxic fumes into the air of your home for years after it has been applied. And if it is still affecting you, imagine what it’s doing to the health of your bird.
Choosing what type of paint to use in your home is a crucial part of ensuring that your birds remain healthy.
You are going to want to find a paint with zero VOCs. VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds.”
The problem with finding a paint with zero VOCs is that there are some paints that contain VOCs below the level the federal government sets. According to Consumer Reports, “Federal VOC limits are now set at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat paints and 380 g/l for others.” So there is a limit on the amount of VOCs to be considered a "zero VOC paint," but that doesn't necessarily mean it has zero VOCs.
There is another problem. While the base paint may be free of VOCs, some color tints are not. So when you are shopping for paint do some research and find one that guarantees zero VOCs.
There has even been a problem with so-called “organic paint.” They have been found to contain toxic solvents such as turpentine.
I was a bit concerned about the fact that the federal government allows paint companies to label their paint product and finishes with a zero VOCs label even though they do contain VOCs so I went ahead and did a little digging.
I managed to find a paint company that manufactures zero VOC paint products.
The name of the company is ECOS Paints and they take great pride in manufacturing many different types of paints and paint products including paints, primers, varnishes and stains. Their products are frequently used in homes where people suffer from various issues. ECOS products are suitable for use in baby’s room or for people’s homes who have chemical sensitivities, asthma, and allergies. Some people are just more naturally sensitive to certain smells, chemicals, and pollutants than others.
ECOS Paints are ideal for people who are vegan and shun the use of any animal products because they contain no animal products of any kind.
They are pesticide-free, herbicide-free and entirely non-toxic.
I called the company to ask if there was any reason companion bird homes should have any worry about their products. Their representative told me that even if a bird chipped some paint off the wall and consumed it, there would be no worry.
In exploring their website, I found that a business owner in the United Kingdom UK business owner drank a spoonful of ECOS paint from a paint can at their factory. And he is still alive to talk about it.
ECOS Paints have a line of products that are suitable for just about any project n your home. They carry interior and exterior paints as well as trim and furniture stain and varnish. They even carry chalkboard paint.
The product a companion bird household would probably be most interested in is their ECOS Pet Dwellings Primer. They do have paints specifically for bird dwellings, reptiles enclosures as well as dog house paint.
If you are going to be doing any painting this spring or summer, please take a look at ECOS paint products. The entire point of their business has been to exclude harmful chemicals from their products. And it looks like they have succeeded.