Going Green: Sustainable Painting Techniques and How to Choose Them

Homes are trending toward an eco-friendly approach, and applying sustainable painting techniques is becoming more common with this trend. From the building materials to the cleaners used to maintain surfaces, the goal is to become more sustainable to support each neighbourhood and community.

Eco-paint is a growing trend because it offers numerous benefits. It is a pet-safe product with environmentally friendly qualities that extend well past the application.

Several eco-friendly options are available. One of today’s best natural products is casein paint. It is manufactured using lime, milk proteins and non-toxic pigment. Several of today’s top brands offer products that emit no natural or human-made VOCs, ensuring you receive your desired results safely. 

Tips for Using Eco-Paint in Your Home

We only have one planet, so exploring the benefits of an eco-friendly approach to life makes sense. Even small steps or improvements can make significant changes for each community.

When you do your part by going green through sustainable painting techniques, several potential benefits are possible.

  • Reduce the number of volatile organic compounds released into the environment.
  • Turn waste materials into new products.
  • Support the people, plants and animals that call our planet home.

It feels good to know that you are doing your part to support the environment. Any paint product can be treated with environmentally friendly processes. Here is a closer look at what to expect when using this approach for your next project.

1. Focus on Reuse

It is important to reuse paint whenever possible when taking a sustainable approach. Even products like paint thinner can be used for several years when they receive suitable storage. If you have products that are no longer needed, consider donating them to a local refinishing store or a contractor.

Should you decide to donate products, please remember to call ahead to see if they will be accepted. Only some contractors or businesses will take older paints and thinners, so dumping some on an unsuspecting address could result in unwanted complications.

2. Reduce Waste

Many people discard unused paint once a project is over. Instead of throwing it away, consider using it on a different project. Even if you have several partial containers available, you can mix them into one to produce a unique hue that works on the next idea.

With the cost of paint today, any attempt to reduce waste will save money. You’re also removing these products from the local waste stream, which means the products are less likely to have an adverse effect on the environment.

3. Follow the Instructions

Eco-friendly paint is typically formulated with natural materials. You can find everything from beeswax to lemon peel extract on the ingredients list. That means the product will not produce harmful emissions during manufacturing, but there are care considerations to manage.

Paints made with natural materials could require specific storage or application instructions. Use the manufacturer’s tips to your advantage to ensure the results meet or exceed your expectations.

4. Find the Certification

If you want to take an eco-friendly approach to your next painting project, try looking for Green Star ratings. This information is available from the Green Building Council Australia and other agencies. 

Each certification recognises the qualities of your preferred paint while helping you create an environmentally friendly home.

For those hiring professional paint contractors to complete projects, consider asking about the products the provider intends to use. The estimate you receive might be based on traditional chemical-based items instead of eco-friendly ones.

5. Proper Disposal Methods

Latex paint can be problematic for the environment, even if it enters the waste stream in small amounts. You don’t want to leave anything behind in your containers.

If you need to dispose of older paint cans, please remember to leave them in well-ventilated areas. After they have become completely dry, they can be disposed of correctly according to your community’s instructions. 

Potential Drawbacks to Consider for Eco-Paint

Although eco-friendly, eco-paint products do not have the same durability as a modern coating. It might need updates every year or two to maintain a consistent surface, depending on the traffic levels each room encounters. 

You might find some eco-paint products with fewer colour choices. Casein paints also come in a powder, which means it must be mixed correctly before applying to a preferred surface.

When we all do our part, we can help to support our planet while achieving the goals we have for our homes. Investing in eco-paint is an excellent place to start when you have a home improvement project under consideration. 
If you’d like more information on the eco-painting options our team offer, contact us today and we can assist with information and a free colour consultation!