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Monday, April 22, 2013

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A New Hampshire mother-daughter team has launched a line of nontoxic paints for baby nurseries, classrooms and other rooms used by children.

The "Quiet Nursery Collection" is from Portsmouth-based Quiet Home Paints, a new company that advertises "entirely nontoxic" organic paints made without VOCs, pesticides or herbicides.

House Painter Turns Manufacturer

Company president Lisa Teague says her work as a house painter showed her the hazards of working with toxic materials.

Andi and Lisa Teague
Photos: Quiet Home Paints

Quiet Home Paints was founded by Lisa Teague and her daughter Andi.

"Children breathe twice as fast as adults, making them especially susceptible to airborne toxins," Teague said in a product announcement. "Our mission was to create a line of paints where safety, quality and beauty are of equal importance, while eliminating color choice anxiety by producing simple, beautiful palettes."

The child-focused Nursery Collection "was conceived for safe, cohesive design choices," the company says. "Four distinct palettes—Sleep, Wake, Play and Pop—evoke strong emotional reactions and make color choice easy and fun."

Teague, who also calls herself a designer and artist/color expert, says she was not satisfied with the health and design options offered by other wall paints. She founded Quiet Home Paints with her daughter Andi.

Nontoxic Formulation

"There are a number of toxins that are not classified as VOCs—and, therefore, can still be included in paint—such as heavy metals and formaldehyde," the company says. "QHP believes that these and other toxins just don’t belong in spaces where children spend their time (or frankly, any of us)."

Quiet Home Nursery

Quiet Home's signature black cans are made from tires and other recycled materials.

The VOC-free Quiet Nursery Collection has no solvents, animal products, heavy metals, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, phthalates, APEO or acrylic softeners, the company says.

Quiet Home also makes chalkboard paints, which have the same palette and the same non-toxicity as the regular paints.

Quiet Nursery is packaged in recycled/recyclable one-gallon cans and quarts made from all recycled materials such as old car tires, which gives them their signature black color. The company uses only recycled/recyclable cardboard boxes for shipping.

Quiet Nursery Collection

The Quiet Nursery Collection comes in four palettes: Sleep, Wake, Play and Pop.

The paints are currently sold primarily through the website and select retailers.

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Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Coatings Technology; Environmentally friendly; Green coatings; Interior Wall Coatings; Residential contractors; Toxicity; VOC-free

Comment from Peggy Golden, (4/22/2013, 11:02 AM)

What is the durabilty of this paint - CAN IT BE WASHED REPEATEDLY?

Comment from Andrea Teague, (4/22/2013, 12:35 PM)

Hi Peggy, I am one of the co-founders of Quiet Home Paints here to answer your question about durability. Our paint is very durable and most finishes are scrubbable as well. We recommend our shell finish for high traffic areas at it is very durable and washable. You can get more information on our sheens, coverage and durability here: Thank you!

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (4/22/2013, 1:55 PM)

Great alternative! Hit those health food magazines! I can't tell from the photo who is mom and who is daughter. We should all be so well-preserved. Must be a lifetime of organics, right?

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (4/26/2013, 10:22 AM)

Perhaps I am misunderstanding something. Contrary to the company claim listed above, Formaldehyde certainly is a VOC. It is even referenced on the "main" EPA page discussing Indoor Air Quality.

Comment from Malc Henderson, (6/21/2013, 10:15 AM)

I would agree with the comment from Tom in that listing potential harmful additives is not ethically correct when most coatings companies do not use solvents, animal products, heavy metals, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, phthalates, APEO or acrylic softeners. It is akin to saying that I have created a Gluten-free Hot Dog (obviously gluten isnt included by most Hotdog manufacturers although it would be legal to do so, however it does potentially cause some issues with some people.) - Apologies, a typo

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