Simple Ways for An Eco-Friendly Home Painting Project
One of the benefits of painting your home is that it improves the air quality in and around your home as well as your family's health, however, it depends on the choice of paint you use. Nowadays, organic and eco-friendly home paints are easier to buy in the market and are less expensive. It is also high-quality, made with natural ingredients and less VOC content. Here are a few simple ways you can follow to show you care about the environment when doing your next home painting project.
Estimate well to lessen the waste.
One of the best ways to lessen paint wastage is to make an accurate estimate before buying the materials you need and starting the project. It will save you money if you will only purchase the exact paint you will need. The quantity of paint depends on the surface area, type of surface, and the kind of paint to buy. To help you out with the paint calculator, check out our blog post about knowing how much paint you need.
Choose lead-safe paint products.
Lead is a toxic metal, exposure to it can cause permanent and serious damage to health. It contributes to pollution and is an environmental contaminant. Lead is added to paint to quicken the drying, increase durability maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture.
Choose to paint with less or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) content.
Commercially manufactured paints contain ingredients that are harmful to human health and the environment. Exposure to VOCs can cause an allergic skin reaction, headaches, shortness of breath, discomfort in the eyes, nose, and throat, nausea, etc. Higher concentration may cause lung irritation and damage to the kidney, nervous system, and liver. VOCs are harmful chemicals carbon-containing substances that vaporize at room temperature and enter the atmosphere. Over time, these chemicals are being released into the air through a process called off-gassing.
Reuse and Repurpose Painting Tools and Materials.
Reduce the waste by reusing painting tools. By practicing a good cleaning and storing method, many tools can be reused many times. You have not only helped the environment but you can also save money by not buying a new set of tools. Leftover paints can be stored properly in a cool dry place and use for a later time for your next project or for touch-ups. You may want to check our blog about the proper storage and disposal of unused paints here. The empty cans and gallons of paints can also be recycled, they can be used for storing paintbrushes, small hobby accessories, adhesives, and more. It is also great for sorting items in your home, garage, bathroom, or kitchen. They can be kept under a sink or in a cabinet or pantry.
Try using natural paint.
Choose paints made from natural ingredients. These kind of paints are non-toxic and do not contain harmful chemicals, compounds and heavy metals. The scent is minimal as they are made from water, resins, essential oils, chalk, milk casein, plant dyes and bees' wax. However, natural paints have limited color choices than chemical-based paints.
Being concerned with our environment takes a little more effort to be careful with our options. Our consistent endeavor in helping preserve the earth will definitely impact our future. We have an individual responsibility to take care of our environment so we must act now!