As we steadily move through the twenty-first century, humankind is becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment.
While it might often seem like our efforts to combat it are just a drop in the ocean, we have already started seeing the positive results of simply being a little more mindful of our carbon footprints. This extends to all activities and areas of interest, and the simple act of painting a house is no different.
The type of paint you use can have an impact on the environment, which is why many paint stores the world over are offering solutions that offer the quality of lead or solvent-based paints, while having much less of a negative impact on the environment.
Looking for a paint that meets these standards? Here are a few things to look out for:
Know What’s in the Tin
It may sound strange, but it does happen that paint manufacturers don’t always list their ingredients in full, on the tin. Check every label before you buy anything, and if there is no indication of what chemicals make up the ingredients, put it back down and look for one that does, and clearly states a mixture of organic ingredients.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds are those that have a high vapour pressure at room temperature, and examples include benzene, formaldehyde and methylene (to name a few).
These substances are commonly in solvent-based paints and are not only bad for the environment, but also pose health risks to people and produce a paint product that releases dangerous fumes when used.
Water Based or Solvent Based
Select water-based paints over solvent ones and you will get the greener, less destructive option. To check which one you are buying, take a look at the instructions on how to clean the brushes. If they require benzene or any other clear spirits for cleaning, they are solvent-based. Water-based paints only require warm water and soap to be removed from brushes.
Contact Paint Doctor for a Greener Option
If you would like to know more about sourcing high quality environmentally friendly paint from a trusted paint supplier in Johannesburg, feel free to get into contact with a representative from Paint Doctor today, or visit our website for additional information on our offers.
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