Eco-friendly Painting Tips

Maybe you don't want a forest-green home, but you can still keep the environment in mind while painting. Here are some things to consider.

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  • Dispose safely. Never pour thinners, solvents or paint down the drain. Put them in tight-fitting jars or cans and have them picked up or delivered to a hazardous waste disposal site. For information about collections in your area, contact your local municipal or state government.
  • Reuse. Paint thinner often can be reused. Over time, paint sludge settles on the bottom of the container. Pour the clean solvent off the top and use. When the thinner is gone, stuff an absorbent material into the can to dry the sludge before throwing the can into the trash. Consider giving unused paint thinner or stripper to local furniture refinishing shops or paint contractors.
  • Air out cans before disposal. If there is a small amount of latex paint left in a can, leave the can open in a well-ventilated place. When it is completely dry, the can may be placed in the trash.
  • Donate. Consider donating leftovers to a local theater group, parks department, school, or organization, or take it to a community exchange. Many towns have “drop and swaps” once or twice a year.
  • Reduce waste. If you have more than half a gallon left over, try to use it for another project. Try mixing several colors of similar paints together. Make sure cans are properly labeled.

 

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Environmentally friendly paint

VOC stands for volatile organic chemicals, which can be very harmful to our atmosphere. Paint products like Sherwin William's Harmony is a great product that has no VOCs

Environmentally friendly paint

I am redecorating my room w/ a hollywood theme. I need help with like wall decor+ what color to paint my wall.

Rhea

Thanks for the tips. The use of paints with zero voc should be used. Presence of voc in paints can lead to health problems.

St. Louis Painter

Some more helpful tips would be, make sure you purchase paint that has no VOC's or low VOC's. VOC stand for volatile organic chemicals, which can be very harmful to our atmosphere. Paint products like Sherwin William's Harmony is a great product thats has no VOC's. Another tip to keep in mind is finding the right Painter, the right contractor should be conscious about Eco-Friendly painting

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