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Consumers nowadays are becoming more and more conscious about their impact on the environment that’s why most of them choose to be eco-friendly. They see to it that the products they purchase are labeled environment-friendly, non-toxic, natural, etc. Did you ever ask yourself what being eco-friendly really means and how can it benefit the environment and the people around us? If so, continue reading below to understand this concept.
Things you need to know about being eco-friendly:
- Making sure that the products you buy are not just labeled eco-friendly
- Eco-friendly consumers see to it that the products they choose are labeled “green”, “Non-toxic”, “Biodegradable”, “Free of harmful chemicals”, “Organic”, and the like. Additionally, they also double-check the contents of the product if it contains harmful toxins because some products are labeled eco-friendly, but in reality, these products are not. They just lure customers into buying their products to increase their sales.
- Conserving natural resources is your priority
- Eco-friendly people are conscious of how they use environmental resources. They choose to use recyclable/reusable materials to reduce the energy used in manufacturing these materials.
- Making a habit of being eco-friendly
- Being eco-friendly requires consistency. Some people only become eco-friendly for the times that it is convenient to be one.
- Eco-friendly people engage in activities to improve the environment
- Aside from recycling, they avoid single-use products like plastic bags, they conserve water and electricity, plant trees and encourage everyone to do the same.
Going eco-friendly always start within one’s home. Are you currently designing or thinking about painting or re-painting your home and wanted to skip the dreaded smell and health hazards the paint may bring? If you are considering eco-friendly paints for your space, be it in your living room, kitchen, or backyard, you are in the right article. Below are the tips in painting your home in an eco-friendly way.
Eco-friendly painting tips for your house:
- Buy an eco-friendly paint
- As mentioned above, some products are labeled eco-friendly but they are not. Be sure to check if the paint is:
a.) Not containing airborne chemicals or gasses – Opt for paints that do not contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Exposure to these low-level toxic emissions may cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, eye irritation, visual disorders, and even memory problems. Long-term exposure may further result in nausea, fatigue, loss of coordination, damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system and may even cause cancer.
b.) Choose water-based rather than oil-based paints – Most paints which contain high levels of VOC’s are oil-based paints
c.) Natural house paints – natural house paints do not contain any harsh chemicals that may harm you or other family members. It will also save you from the dreaded smell that the paint with VOC’s brings. Natural house paints are made from water, plant dyes, essential oils, resins, clay, chalk, milk casein and sometimes even bee’s wax. The smell might be unpleasant but surely it is safe.
- Paint efficiently
- Whether you opt to use paint with low-VOC, or natural paint, use it efficiently. By the word efficient, this means that you buy only the amount of paint you need and use it with little to no leftover, and you dispose of the leftover paint in a safe and responsible manner.
- How you can dispose of leftover paint in an environmentally-responsible way:
a.) Try returning an unopened container to your vendor
b.) Keep it for future projects (some paints have a shelf-life of 10 years, check the label of your pain)
c.) Donate the left-over paint to the local organization instead of keeping it around your house.
d.) Call disposal companies – They have the proper facility needed and they carry out the eco-friendly process in disposing of left-over paints.
Our house paint choice can greatly affect the indoor air quality of our home. Natural or organic house paints may not have a great array of colors available but they are the best option considering your family’s health. Exposure to paint with high VOC’s pose serious health risk to your family. Aside from an unpleasant smell that you and your family will endure, you are also putting yourself and your family in danger. Did you know that VOC’s continue to off-gas for several years? That means you will have a long term exposure to VOC’s!
Being eco-friendly also means that you accept the fact that it is totally impossible to live in this world without once in a while harming the environment. Eco-friendly people just try to do their best to avoid unnecessary products and actions that will further contribute to climate change and other environmental disasters. I hope that this article gave you enough knowledge and tips in going eco-friendly in painting your home. Always choose to go green! For more helpful tips on painting your home, visit the PaintMates blog.