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6 ways to Green Your Paint

Applying paint is an inexpensive way of revamping the look of a room. But conventional options can bring them them some unwelcome health and environmental problems. Choosing eco-friendly paints, like those with fewer VOCs, made from natural materials, or produced using recycled materials, can go a long way to improving the eco-value of your space. And don't forget to take measure to limit your paint use and properly dispose of what you've got left, too.

  1. Buy low- or no-VOC latex paint

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    These paints contain fewer or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so they do less harm to the environment as well as to human and animal health.

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  2. Estimate paint coverage using a paint calculator

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    Carefully estimating the amount of paint you need will prevent you from having a lot of leftover material when you're finished your home makeover.

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  3. Choose natural paints

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    These paints contain natural ingredients such as plant oils and milk protein that emit few to no VOCs, and some, such as clay plasters, even add a unique wall texture to your space.

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  4. Choose recycled paint

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    Using recycled paint conserves landfill space, saves raw materials and cuts down on paint disposal costs and mishaps.

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  5. Use a safe paint recycling or paint disposal method

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    Improperly disposing of paint by dumping it down drains, sewers, or in your garbage pollutes land, water, and air.

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  6. Hire a certified lead specialist to remove lead-based paint

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    If you have lead-based paint in an area you want to repaint, removing it yourself carries a considerable health risk.

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Comments

06/18/2009
12:15pm
nlseaver@gmail.com

How do I know which of these is worthwhile?

06/19/2009
11:13am
AmazonPaint

Use Amazon Environmental's paint. It is the highest quality because it has passed all of the Master Painter's Institute's tests. It is also the most environmentally friendly company, not only because its product is made of at least 98% post-consumer materials, but because they have an alternate use (cement manufacturing) for the unusable paint (about half of all old paint collected), whereas the other companies listed dry out and put their unusable paint into the trash, where it goes into a landfill.

www.amazonpaint.com

08/02/2010
2:01pm
steve54

Tip for saving the roller covers from painting. This unit is call the Paintrifuge-www.paintrifuge.com- American made and easy to use-takes all the paint and dry the cover in less than 3 min. uses only 1-1/2 gallons of water. Let' not throw the rollers away because there is no away.

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