How Green Is Your Paint?

No, not just the shade of your chroma but how eco-friendly is your paint?  Is it biodegradable? Non-toxic?   Does it have an odor?

And, how well will it perform?

While many paint can labels have not included a lot of information in the past, more and more companies are starting to be transparent about their formulas to show their corporate social responsibility.

There are now so many things to think about besides just the shade of what you want on your walls.

Some companies like Sherwin-Williams are using soybean and sunflower oils and resins that contain recycled plastics.  Not only are the new environmental paints made without toxic ingredients (such as the solvents, heavy metals, chemical residuals and formaldehyde found in some other paints), but many, like AFM create a range of products and reduce “off-gassing” or the release of toxins into your environment.

In the past, many sustainable coatings were poor drying and had no longevity, especially if you scrubbed the wall and they were harder to apply. But companies like Homestead House are now proud that their Milk Paint absorbs into porous surfaces and will never chip or peel.   Homestead is organic, biodegradable and zero VOC. As Canada’s only milk paint manufacture, they stick to the natural ingredients of the original milk paint such as chalk, clay, limestone and casein (milk protein) and natural earth based pigments.  

And green paints aren’t just for residential interiors.  There’s a whole range of exterior paints, wood stains, and even commercial products like graffiti paint.

So the next time you’re in for a colour change, think GREEN and rest assured that you now can find paint the is both sustainable and high performing. 


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