The best way to salute Mother Earth is to keep her ‘ageing health’ in mind and try to reduce the burden that we collective hurl on her by going green in whatever possible way. It could be in the way of energy-efficient devices or even being environment-friendly when choosing your paints. It really doesn’t matter what hue you would like to impart to embellish the walls of your home. What matters is how eco-friendly you can behave by acting judiciously in procuring them, storing the left-overs and finally disposing them off safely. Read on to embrace some of the easily implementable and equally significant eco-friendly painting tips.
1. Choose Low or No VOC Paints
Paints and primers that have low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are highly eco-friendly, irrespective of the color you choose. The low density of organic compounds in these paints and primers render less harmful compounds as compared to traditional paints, thus making them healthier for the environment. Again, low-VOC or paints that do not have any VOC improve the indoor air quality helping you breathe fresh and stay healthy.
2. Paint Responsibly
The previous point is only one step towards a healthier environment. Implementation of this step takes you further. Follow the BUD rule. Buy only as much as you need. Use the product which you buy, fully. And finally, Dispose off the remaining paint in a safe and responsible manner. This step makes you an environmentally conscious painter.
3. Store the Remaining Paint Well
First of all, don’t purchase more paint than you need. Get the math right by measuring the area to be painted beforehand. A gallon of paint can coat approximately 400 sq ft area; you can estimate your needs accordingly. And if still the paint remains, then store it in a dry location with lid firmly placed. Storing the can upside down prevents air from getting into the container thus keeping the paint usable for long.
4. Reuse Paint
Take the myth off your mind that paint once used can’t be reused. Paint thinners are reusable. Over a period of time, paint sludge accumulates at the bottom of the can. Pouring a clean solvent off the top can help put it to use. When the thinner gets over, stuffing an absorbent compound into the container to dry the sludge prior to disposing of the can helps. Also, rather than wasting the leftover paint, use it for touch-up jobs or donate it to an upcoming school which is trying to adjust its financial health.
5. Dispose Properly
Avoid pouring solvents, thinners or paints down the drain. Place them in tight-fitting cans or jars and ask them to be picked up and put only in hazardous waste disposal sites. Ensure that latex paint is dry before disposing it off. Even after using all the paint, let the empty can dry fully before discarding.
Having donned the hat of an environmentally conscious citizen you are now in a good position to save yourself and your family as well. For the greener your paint is, the fresher your breathing is! Pat yourself on this noble decision and spread awareness among your friend circle. The good effect is sure to cascade.