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Go Green When Painting Your Home!

by Eva Martinez
(San Antonio, Texas, USA)

More people are considering finding ways to go green as it can help save the Earth as well as saving them money. You may be wondering how you can go green with your home as far as painting it and if there is even such a thing as eco-friendly paint.

When it comes to painting your home, especially the outside, you need a paint that is going to be durable and that will last. It needs to be able to withstand extreme conditions such as extreme heat and extreme cold. Inside paints should have low odors and to be eco friendly.

The first thing to do is to pick the right paint. A lot of paints are loaded with harmful odors and chemicals that can cause cancer as well as other illnesses. You should begin by choosing a paint that is low in these chemicals as this can also keep odors down and can keep from polluting the air in your home. You can look for milk based paints as well as recycled or natural paints. If you’re painting the outside of your home, this is really not an issue as the air will eliminate these odors.

If you are painting the outside of your home, there are a few options available to help keep the pollution down to a minimum if this is a concern for you. There are also some natural paint choices that can be used on the outside of your home that can also be safe for the environment. One type is lime wash as well as stain and finish. These can be used on the exterior and are eco friendly. If you’re concerned with the air pollution, some of the paint types that offer low VOC levels
include:

* Safecoat
* YOLO colorhouse
* Bioshield paint
* Earth born paints
* St. Astier lime paints

Some of these paints add an additional benefit of being able to withstand and protect against salt, bacteria, and also mildew.

When you are looking at painting the inside of your home, you may want to try to choose a paint that is recycled. The amount of paint that’s wasted is reduced as well as landfill material. This paint is easy on the wallet as well as the environment, and the raw materials used are also reduced.
You can additionally decide to choose non-toxic paints or finishes.

These types of paints are made with raw materials or other natural components including bees wax, dyes, plant oils, resins, clay, and even talc. There are also ceramic paints that use microscopic beads as the primary element to their film, and in some instances they can include antimicrobial protection.

This is something that gives you the benefit of paints that are natural, but additionally they can help protect against mold and mildew, and also prevent bacteria from starting to grow on walls.

Another option is clay paints, which are designed and created from the Earth’s minerals. This happens to be one of the most common forms of natural paint that is chosen among people who are looking at going green when painting their homes, whether it’s the inside or the outside.

These types of paints provide you with an earthy look throughout your home and they additionally are a good choice as they adhere to walls rather well. For the most part, you are only going to need one coat on your walls.

Lime wash is yet another option for those of you who are looking for options of paint that are eco friendly. This type of paint can be used outside better than clay paints, and it can also be used inside the home.

This type of paint offers a rather wide selection of paints and textures and you should also know that this paint can only be used on walls that are porous. This includes surfaces such has wood, plaster, and brick. To get the best results from this type of paint, you will need to apply more than one coat of paint to your surfaces in order to complete the job.

Overall, for people who are concerned about keeping things eco-friendly even when it comes to painting the inside or outside of your home, there are several different options available to you. You can now rest assured that you are using paints that are low in chemicals as well as odors, which helps to protect your health, as well as your family’s health.

Click here to read more about recycling

Updated: September 28, 2013 — 10:04 pm

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