Varnish, also known as lacquer, is used to protect wood products as well as enhance their natural beauty. When applied to wood such as cabinets, furniture and floors, it will bring out the grain and shine, add a layer of protection and keep your wood looking like new. However, traditional varnish is a toxic product that may contain harmful chemicals including formaldehyde—a possible cancer causing solvent.
If ingested, standard varnish is a dangerous poison. While being used or stored, standard varnish is combustible. During application or sanding, standard varnish releases harmful fumes, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and toxic dust that can cause everything from breathing difficulties and throat swelling to eye/nose/throat pain and pulmonary edema. Scary stuff!
So how can you beautify and protect your wood without posing a risk to you and your family? Switch to an environmentally friendly varnish! Yes, such a thing exists and is readily accessible to you. Environmentally friendly varnishes are made using bases like linseed oil, wax, mineral pigments, even water.
In addition to enhancing the beauty of your wooden surfaces, Linseed Oil Varnish reduces cracking and flaking when applied to wooden surfaces. As is, this breathable and environmentally friendly varnish will add a lovely honey colour to any surface it’s applied to. You can also mix it with Colour Concentrates to create custom shades for everything from end tables to unglazed stoneware tiles.
If you’re not looking to add any colour or tint to your wooden floor, Natural and Eco Friendly Floor Varnish with Silk Finish may be just what you’re looking for. This transparent product will add a medium gloss without darkening the wood. Its lack of solvents makes it one of the top choices in environmentally friendly varnish! To varnish wood projects other than floors such as shelves, toys and indoor furniture, Clear Lacquer is an ideal product.
Reduce your impact on the environment and reduce the harm to you and your family by going green with one of these many all natural alternatives!