Homeowners, use these eco-friendly wall painting tips to go green!
These days, everyone is looking to lower their carbon footprint. From showering less to eating a plant-based diet to choosing greener household products, plenty of us are choosing the eco-friendly options. Fortunately, you don’t just have to stop there! While you’re strolling down the paint aisles of your local hardware store, you may have noticed there are more eco-friendly options.
While there is no set standard for what makes a paint eco-friendly, many suggest that the fewer chemicals, the better.
VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, have gotten a lot of press lately and for a good reason – they’re chemicals that evaporate up to four weeks after you apply your paint. Not only do they affect the air quality of your home’s interior, but they can also be harmful outdoor pollutants when they are released outside. Solve this solution by using latex paint as this typically has a lower VOC content.
Fungicides and pigments are additives and preservatives that help to create your paint colors, preserve shelf life, and resist mold. However, eco experts have some questions as to their long-term effects on people’s health. Look for a brand of biocides and fungicides that uses all natural pigments for tinting.
Dispose of your paint properly. One of the best things you can do to increase the environmental impact of your paint job is to dispose of it correctly. Improper disposal can seep into the groundwater, so never dump your paint outside or down the drain. Look for disposal regulations and never throw away oil based paints that are considered hazardous household waste. For latex paint, you can donate your extra supplies to organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity.
Fortunately, you can leave the eco-friendly wall painting to the professionals! The professional painters at Precision Painters work to provide eco-friendly solutions for your entire house painting needs in Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and neighboring cities in California. Contact us today to get started!