You may or may not know that standard paints release solvents into the atmosphere during the curing and drying process, and as you’ll probably be able to guess, this isn’t a good thing. What the paints release are chemical substances called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and these enter the the Earth’s atmosphere. The perils with this are the issue of smog, the adverse effect on the ozone layer and concerns connected to global warming. As folks become more and more aware of the problems posed by global warming, alternatives to normal paints are being sought. Back in the ’90s, when we saw the first eco friendly paints, they didn’t become popular.
So, will eco friendly paints become more popular with the increased awareness of global warming? Objections from paint experts will have to be surmounted. The painting professionals keep on on saying paints that don’t have the volatile organic compounds aren’t as good as paints that contain them, even if the marketers are stating the opposite. These gurus likewise maintain that these environmentally safe paints also require numerous coats to achieve the same finish as typical paints, and that they are not long lasting. People are switching over to eco friendly paints to avert health related issues such as headaches and asthma so the paint makers need to consider this.
Water based latex paints which have binding qualities may be a way to get over this issue. They are considered to be environmentally safe and being water based contain no volatile organic compounds. The water based nature of latex paint means that painting on iron is a concern due to rusting. Irrespective of this downside, latex paints are becoming more and more popular with consumers.
How paint is made and where it originates from, all defines if the paint is Earth friendly. As an example, Titanium Dioxide is widely used in a lot of paints because of how white it is, meaning it can effectively hide other paints. Titanium Dioxide is prepared using a couple of processes that result in weak sulfuric acid being produced. The way the acid is disposed of is environmentally damaging because the sea is its ultimate destination.
One more issue with Titanium Dioxide is that it can react with sunlight, resulting in smog, when used as an external finish. The fact that carcinogens could lead to cancer is a is real worry due to a link with Titanium Dioxide. Although these concerns are well-known Titanium Dioxide remains widely used in paints.
Eco friendly paints will become widely used as we start to understand the adverse effects that regular paints have on our health and in our environment.