Are you wanting to freshen up your spaces with a new wall color but don’t like the idea of compromising your health or our planets? With these tips you no longer have to choose one over the other. New paints are coming on the market that are better for our environment and there are steps we can take towards a low waste project. This effects both the immediate interior spaces we live in as well as the outdoors we want to keep beautiful and thriving.
The first step in environmentally friendly painting would be in choosing a healthier option for the paint you will use. Paints should be without strong orders and harmful chemicals. Looking for a paint that is labeled low or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) will lower the amount of toxic emissions released in your home as the paint dries, leaving the air cleaner and healthier to breathe.
To avoid the waste of one time use items, check with friends or groups to borrow supplies. This will also save money from purchasing quality tools that would only be used once. For items that must be purchased, look for second hand options to give new life to old items and keep them out of the landfills as well.
Another way to forgo one time use items is to properly clean and store painting tools so they can be used again. Brushes, rollers, and paint trays should be fully cleaned and dried before storing.
Avoid large amounts of unused paint by buying only the amount you need. A paint calculator is a reliable guide to follow in how much will be needed to complete your project. Also, the purchase of a small sample of paint to test can confirm the color will be right for your space before purchasing a large amount.
If you do happen to have leftover paint, ensure it is stored properly so it can be used again. If done correctly the paint can last for up to five years for use. Paint should be fully sealed and moved to smaller sealable jars to avoid excessive air in the container. The container should be kept in a dry, cool place that does not experience freezing temperatures or direct sunlight.
Dispose of paints properly. If the paint is still in good condition see if you can find someone who has a use for it before disposing of it. If the paint cannot be used or has gone bad in storage, find your cities policies and drop-off locations for hazardous waste and recycling paint cans.
Caring for ourselves and our environment is getting easier as new technology and information is allowing us to make these better decisions. With a little extra time for choosing an environmentally friendly paint and proper collection and disposal of tools, we no longer have to compromise between the style of our homes and environmental health.
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