A Natural clay finish on your walls is a beautiful and healthier option over paints and treated wood products. Such walls are good for health, property values, and the environment.
Many paints, lacquers, and building materials emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air of our homes and offices, says Gary Chandler, founder of Earth Tones, Inc. and co-author of eight books on sustainable lifestyles and business practices around the globe. These toxic compounds can cause cancer and other ailments in our families and among our beloved pets.
As Chandler explains, VOCs in the air are consistently higher indoors than outdoors (up to 10 times higher). As with other pollutants, the health impact depends on many factors including your level and length of exposure. Since we spend the majority of our time where we live and work, we should make these areas as safe as possible because VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, fatigue and dizziness; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. The immediate impacts are often felt the most by children and the elderly.
To help eliminate those health concerns and to promote sustainability and healthier alternatives, Colorado-based Earth Tones, Inc. formed a new division called Adobe Designs to serve clients throughout the American West, said Chandler. The company uses American Clay Earth Plasters, which are nontoxic and made in the USA. These elegant finishes are a healthy alternative to toxic paints, processed woods, and conventional plasters. Clay offers one-of-a-kind finishes, including superior color, richness, and texture.
Clay walls will outlast your home or office. The longevity, recycled content and low maintenance of these finishes contributes to the US Green Build Council’s credits (up to eight LEED credits are available). Using renewable resources and containing zero VOCs, our clay plasters and expert craftsmen will help make your project a temple to health and sustainability.