The number of people deciding to go green in many, if not all aspects of life, has been on the increase and it’s not just a trend, but a genuine shift towards a healthier and more responsible lifestyle.
There are many things you can do in and around your home to contribute to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, such as recycling, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and even when you’re painting your home. Many paints contain ingredients that are toxic and harmful to both humans and the environment. Here are some important eco-friendly painting tips that help to create a healthy home.
Choose Non Toxic Paints
The first thing you often notice when you enter a freshly painted room is the strong smell of paint. This is caused by the VOCs in the paint, which are volatile organic compounds or chemical additives found in numerous commercial products. VOCs vaporize and emit harmful gasses and are key ingredients of oil-based and latex paints, solvents and varnishes. They can also be found in aerosol sprays, air fresheners, cleaning products, disinfectants and even in dry-cleaned clothes.
Exposure to these components can cause asthma and respiratory issues, eye problems, headaches, dizziness and nausea. VOCs have also been linked to more serious conditions, such as kidney, liver diseases and cancer.
As a response to new environmental regulations, it’s now possible to find high quality, low VOC primers and paints that are water-based and emit fewer toxic emissions. Their application is typically the same as well as the price, and since they are not considered a hazardous waste, you’ll have no hassle cleaning after painting and disposing of the excess paint.
After purchasing your non toxic primers and paints, you need to take it one step further and make sure that you continue your painting in a responsible, efficient and economical manner.
There’s something called “the first rule of environmentally conscious painters” and its acronym is:
Buy only the amount of paint you really need.
Use all the product you buy.
Dispose of all leftovers in a responsible and safe way.
This procedure will ensure you complete the whole painting process in an eco-friendly way, from the paint purchase to packing up your paint brushes.
In addition to this, you should always find an adequate paint for the job. For instance, when choosing a swimming pool paint, you should go for the products that are 100% safe for this purpose, meaning that no chemicals or other harmful substances will be released in your water. Premium pool coatings are also quite durable, making it easier to clean and more difficult for bacteria and dirt to develop in cracks.
Store and Reuse
Another part of being environmentally conscious is being economical. If you properly store your leftover paint, you’ll be able to use it again next time you paint. Make sure you always store the paints in a dry and cool place. Put the lid back on and press firmly and flip the cans upside down to keep the air from coming back in. This trick will help your paints last longer.
All the rules mentioned above also apply when you paint the exterior of your house. When buying paint, you also have a wide choice of non toxic, low VOC paints that will have a minimal impact on the environment.
If you still have small amounts of paint left over, use it for painting small areas or for touch up. Even better, consider donating them to other people or organizations, such as local schools, kindergartens, theaters or youth centers.
Dispose of Properly
The final step in greening up your painting efforts is proper paint disposal after your renovation project is finished. Do not pour paint, thinners or solvents down any drains. The correct thing to do it to put them in air-tight jars or cans and dispose of them in a hazardous waste disposal place. Make sure all the paint is dry before you discard it. Even if you have used up all the paint, let the containers dry with the lid off before you discard them.
By implementing these simple tips while painting your home, you’ll have a more environmentally conscious approach and lower impact on nature as well as your living in a healthier home with cleaner air.