Solvents from typical paints are getting into the environment and I am certain we would all hope this could be averted. VOCs, which are Volatile Organic Compounds, are entering the air around us. The perils with this are the issue of smog, the effect on the ozone layer and problems linked to global warming. This is leading to us search for new types of paint to use as we become more informed about these risks. Environmentally friendly paints were really first made available back in the 1990s, but they were not popular at all and they didn’t make an impact on consumers.

So people nowadays are aware that using normal paints add to global warming and other concerns, so surely they’ll begin using eco friendly paints? However, there’s a further issue to deal with: the painting professionals. If paints do not have the volatile organic compounds, the paint masters tell us these are substandard to those that do. The points the paint pros make are that paint that is environmentally safe is not as efficient to use. The paint industry must consider the health worries relating to VOCs, including breathing problems like asthma and that people are opting for environmentally friendly paints.

Latex paint which is water based may just be an solution to this problem. Due to the fact that they’re water based, it means that they’re Earth friendly (VOCs are not present). If plan to paint iron, this is a problem with water based latex paint because rust will take place much faster. Latex paints, despite any of these issues, are becoming more widely used.

When we say ‘eco friendly paints’, we don’t merely mean the paint itself is safe for the environment, but also the procedure in which the paint was manufactured or how the ingredients were gathered. For instance, something that can conceal other paints is called Titanium Dioxide. Making Titanium Dioxide could lead to sulfuric acid production. The way the acid is discarded is environmentally damaging because the sea is its last destination.

Smog can be the by product of the reaction between the Titanium Dioxide and the sun when used outside. The reality that carcinogens could induce cancer is a is real worry since it has a link with Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide is still found in paints despite all of this evidence.

Most people are becoming more mindful of the problems regular paints pose to both their health and to the environment, so it’s no surprise to know that environmentally friendly paints are becoming extremely popular.