The concentration of C02 levels in the earth’s atmosphere in May 2020 were the highest in all of human history. As the glaciers melt and the sea levels rise, the earth becomes increasingly uninhabitable. One day, humankind will destroy its only known home, so we all have a duty to curb the progression. We throw a lot of jokes around in this blog, but this is a topic we don’t like to laugh about. It’s at political and industry level that we can affect the most change, after all, so we take our role seriously. We’re sure you take your planet-friendliness as seriously as we do, so let’s have a closer look at how we can keep your business green and clean.
Lead Abatement and Containment
The lead in your paint seeps into the air, soil, and natural water sources around your business. Its toxic impacts contaminate natural resources that ecosystems rely on to thrive. As dust, it stays in the environment indefinitely, but it effects your business more directly through its neurotoxic effects on human health. If you still have lead coatings in your building, you have two options: containment or abatement. The latter demands a heavy investment of both time and money, but there’s an easier way to shed your lead: Containment entails coating toxic areas so that they’re no longer exposed to the environment. Protective coverings are a safe, simple way to remove lead hazards. Our company is EPA lead certified, so you can trust us to handle the process according to Environmental Protection Agency standards.
You’ve probably heard of low-VOC paint, but what does it really mean? Way back before the first climate change paper pushed the term “global warming” into public vocabularies, a coat of paint came replete with benzene. That’s the magic stuff that causes cancer, and its extreme vapor pressure has a low boiling point to boot. That causes its molecules to evaporate and enter the air you breathe. (Hint: Cancer and breathable carcinogens aren’t a good pair.)
Paint also contained methylene chloride—another carcinogen that irritates the respiratory tract and eyes. Spend too much time in contact with it, and you can even suffer chemical burns. VOCs do more than just kill people. Their emissions are radiatively active which, in plain English, means they’re potent pollutants that result in ozone production and polluted natural environments. If you’ve ever painted a room, you’ll probably know VOC’s effects first hand through the scent they leave behind. Fresh Paint Inc uses low-VOC paint, and that means your room will smell fresh immediately after we paint. More importantly, your new coat won’t affect your health or that of the environment.
The Trouble with Solvents
Solvents might be the bad guy in the climate change landscape, but they’re the reason paint is wet enough to achieve a rich, velvety layer. Lead once performed that role, but we know what happened at the end of that story. In its wake, manufacturers have created a huge range of siccatives like manganese and cobalt, but their life-cycle impacts and global warming potential make them every bit as risky as lead. It turns out that lead-free paint isn’t always all that, so Fresh Paint’s low-VOC paint relies on benign siccatives that don’t harm the planet.
When we call our coatings eco-friendly, we mean it. The only greenwashing we do at Fresh Paint Inc involves your walls, so let’s get your business right with the environment. It’s easier than you might think, and your respiratory tract will thank you for making the change.