You may or may not know that standard paints give off solvents into the atmosphere during the process of curing and evaporating, and as you’ll probably be able to imagine, this isn’t a good thing. What the paints release are chemicals referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and they wind up in the air. The perils with this are the problems of smog, the effect on the ozone layer and concerns connected to global warming. This causes us find new types of paint to use as we become more informed about these risks. Back in the ’90s, when we had our first look at the first environmentally friendly paints, they didn’t become popular.
Since people are now becoming conscious of the environmental problems, will Earth friendly paints be more popular? Well, there’s a further issue to deal with: the painting professionals. If paints do not come with the volatile organic compounds, the paint masters tell us these are substandard to those that have them. The points the painting experts make are that paint that is environmentally friendly is not as efficient to use. People are making the switch to green paints to avert health related concerns such as headaches and asthma so the paint manufacturers have to consider this.
Water based latex paints which have binding qualities may be a way to deal with this issue. Because VOCs are absent, it means they are eco friendly. If plan to paint iron, this is a problem with water based latex paint because rust will occur a lot faster. Regardless of this drawback, latex paints are becoming increasingly popular with consumers.
So for us to view a paint environmentally safe, we have to know what it contains and how it was created. For instance, something that is able to conceal other paints is called Titanium Dioxide. Making Titanium Dioxide might lead to sulfuric acid to be produced. The manner in which the acid is discharged is environmentally damaging because the sea is its final stop.
Another problem with Titanium Dioxide is that it is reactive to sunlight, leading to smog, when used as an external finish. What’s more, Titanium Dioxide has been connected to a carcinogen found to cause cancer in human beings. Titanium Dioxide continues to be found in paints even though all of this evidence.
Earth friendly paints can be expected to become more widely used as we start to see the harmful effects that regular paints have on our health and in our environment.