Solvents from regular paints are getting into the environment and I am certain we would all wish this could be avoided. VOCs, short for Volatile Organic Compounds, are getting into the air surrounding us. Ozone depletion, raised risk of smog, and possible global warming, are only a number of the results this may cause. This prompts us find new types of paint to use as we become more informed about these risks. Eco friendly paints were in fact first made available back in the early 1990s, but they were not popular at all and they didn’t impress the public.
So, will environmentally friendly paints become more popular with the increased awareness of global warming? People with expertise in painting have to be convinced. The painting pros go on on saying paints that don’t contain the volatile organic compounds aren’t as good as paints that do contain them, even if the manufacturers state the opposite.
The longevity of Earth friendly paint and the need to use more are reasons that experts give to oppose them. The public are shifting to eco friendly paints to avoid health related conditions such as headaches and asthma so the paint manufacturers need to take account of this.
Latex paint which is water based may be an answer to this concern. Since they’re water based, it means that they’re eco friendly (there are no VOCs). If plan to paint iron, this is a drawback with water based latex paint because rust will take place more quickly. All The Same, customers are turning more often to latex paints.
When we say ‘eco friendly paints’, we don’t simply mean the paint itself is environmentally safe, but also the process in which the paint was created or how the ingredients were obtained. For example, something that is able to cover other paints is called Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide is prepared with a couple of processes that result in weak sulfuric acid being produced. The environment is damaged as the acid is released into a body of water.
Titanium Dioxide causes smog when exposed to the sun, which is another serious worry. Also, Titanium Dioxide has been connected to a carcinogen that can cause cancer in people. Even though these concerns are known Titanium Dioxide is still widely used in paints.
Most people are becoming increasingly conscious of the problems normal paints pose to both their health and to the environment, so doesn’t come as a surprise to know that eco friendly paints are becoming increasingly popular.
Intro to “green”/eco-friendly paints