Earth Day, No VOC, and Low VOC Paint

Earth Day, No VOC, and Low VOC Paint

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate Earth Day we wanted to discuss how to paint “green” with No VOC and Low VOC paints. Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs “include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.” (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Here are some tips to keeping “green” while completing interior painting.

 

Make sure to seal the paint securely.

Any paint that is unused should be kept in tightly secured paint cans.

 

Don’t clean your tools if you plan on painting multiple days

Instead of constantly cleaning your tools (and washing paint down the drain), cover them in a plastic bag. They should stay fresh overnight or even for a few days, just make sure to keep them out of the sun to prevent them from drying out.

 

Dispose of paint properly

In some cities you can throw away your paint in the garbage, but only if you first convert it to solid waste.  To do this, take off the lid and let the water or solvents to evaporate. You can also purchase a powder that will harden your paint, click here for that product. For Coppell residents, click here. For Flower Mound residents, click here.

 

These are just a few tips to help you stay green while doing any type of interior painting.

 

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html)

 

 

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