Green Paint for Your Building

Are you thinking about painting your new or existing building?  Well, you should consider “Green paint”.  It’s environmentally friendly, and better for your health!  Read below for some options on green paints as well as finishes.

Have you ever felt nauseous or dizzy, had eye and skin irritations?  Low-VOC paints are known to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air causing these symptoms and they also contribute to smog. Luckily, now a days, most major paint brands are now mixing eco-friendly alternatives, using water and latex as base and binder, and are minimizing the use of synthetic solvents and petroleum-derived products. You can look for “Low VOC” or “Zero VOC” on the label for greener paint options.

The Natural ingredients of these paints are:  Linseed oil which is a biodegradable, renewable resource, milk paint which employs casein, a non-toxic milk protein, as a binder, minerals which can also be used as pigments, beeswax is a binder that’s been around for ages, and biodegradable interior and exterior stains made with soy or citrus oils.

Many companies now are recycling unused paints and mixing them with small amounts of new ingredients. These are durable as mid-range new paints, and recycled products use less energy and fewer natural resources. They also consume much less waste.

For more info, you can visit: www.greenseal.org or www.treehugger.com.  

You can also visit us at www.norsteel.com for Green options and ideas.

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