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Environmentally Friendly Paint


Benefits of Environmentally Friendly Paint

Solvents from regular paints are entering the environment and I am certain we would all hope this could be avoided. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs for short) are getting into the the air. Ozone depletion, raised risk of smog, and possible global warming, are just a few of the results this may cause. Global warming issues mean that people are trying to look for more options in their choice of paints. During the ’90s, when we had our first look at the first eco friendly paints, they didn’t take off.

So, will Earth friendly paints become in demand with the heightened awareness of global warming? People with expertise in painting need to be convinced. If paints do not contain the volatile organic compounds, the experts say that these are inferior to paints that have them. These experts also assert that these green paints also require additional coats to achieve the same finish as typical paints, and that they are not long lasting. But, taking into account that VOCs are attributed to health problems, like asthma and headaches, many people are changing over from paints that have VOCs to Earth friendly paints, leaving the industry no option but to respond.

A solution to the problem is to make use of water-based latex paint, containing acrylic resin which works as a binder. Since they’re water based, it means that they’re environmentally safe (VOCs are absent). Nevertheless, like almost everything, there is a downside: latex paints can’t be used to paint on iron due to them being water based, which ends up making the iron rust much faster. Latex paints, despite their downsides, are becoming increasingly sought after.

When we say ‘environmentally friendly paints’, we don’t only mean the paint itself is safe for the environment, but also the procedure in which the paint was manufactured or how the ingredients were obtained. For instance, Titanium Dioxide is commonly used in numerous paints because of its white color, which only means it has a good ability to hide other paints. Sulfuric acid is a by-product in the production of Titanium Dioxide. How the acid is discarded is environmentally detrimental as the sea is its final destination.

One other problem with Titanium Dioxide is that it is reactive to sunlight, resulting in smog, when applied as an outer coat. The knowledge that carcinogens may cause cancer is a concern due to a link with Titanium Dioxide. Despite the fact that these concerns are acknowledged Titanium Dioxide is still widely used in paints.

Most people are becoming more and more aware of the problems normal paints pose to both their health and to the environment, so it’s no surprise to know that Earth friendly paints are becoming increasingly popular.

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