Both internal and external painting projects can generate a lot of waste if you’re not careful. From used paint cans to brushes to primers and excess paint, the carbon footprint of even small painting projects can be significant. In addition to that, certain paints are produced using processes and chemicals that are harsh on the environment.
When you hire a contractor to paint your home, you have a lot of control over what products and materials they use. Here are a few ways that you can work with your contractor to make your project more eco-friendly.
Choose a Long-Lasting Paint
Some homeowners can be tempted to choose a paint that’s cost-effective rather than long-lasting. Unfortunately, if you select paint that’s not specifically designed to last years and years, you’ll inevitably have to repaint sooner rather than later.
Repainting over and over creates more waste than if you invest in a high-quality paint that will last many years. High-quality paint also requires skilled application. Be sure to find a trusted partner like 360° Painting for your residential painting needs.
Recycle and Dispose of Waste Properly
Work with your painting contractor to understand what their recycling and disposal practices are. All paint cans should be recycled. Some paints contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment, so if there’s leftover paint, it should be taken to a proper waste disposal center. Never pour it onto the ground or down a drain.
Choose Low- or Zero-VOC Paint
One of the best ways to make your painting project more eco-friendly is to choose a low- or zero-VOC paint. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. Zero-VOC paint is made without the use of these compounds and therefore has a smaller environmental impact.
Choosing low- or zero-VOC paint doesn’t mean you’re compromising on the quality. Low- or zero-VOC paint can be just as appealing and high-quality as paint options made with VOCs.
Choose Recycled Paint
Many leading paint suppliers collect surplus paint from businesses and homeowners that can be recycled and used for other projects. Recycled paint prevents waste, minimizes carbon emissions, and is cost-effective. Be sure to ask your painting contractor about your options for using recycled paint.
It’s easy to follow these steps to make your painting process more eco-friendly. Our expert staff will work with you to accomplish your painting project while also remaining sensitive to the environment.
If you’re ready to transform your home, give 360° Painting a call at 1-866-99-PAINT.