It wasn’t that long ago that lead-based paints were the norm. It was only in 1978 that the US government banned them. Now, we have not just lead-free paints, we have low and zero VOC options that limit off-gassing.
Our families are now breathing safer air that is less likely to provide allergic reactions or health repercussions. Our toddlers are no longer putting flaking lead paints in their mouths. Life is safer.
The same applies to the construction ban and phase out of asbestos- it has saved countless lives. (Although, Trump’s EPA recently overturned it… yikes!)
The lesson: Scientific advances are best implemented with care. There is a wisdom to the original order of the Earth, and we need to recognize this lack of knowledge when exploring “better living through chemistry,” or we will end up with even more “diseases of industrialization.”
This is an introductory blog in a series on healthy interior design. It will be a process of discovery for me as I explore all of the ecological and health implications of our decisions as home designers. Nothing less is at stake than the well-being of our children and planet.