It is a distressing thought that solvents originating from paints in normal use are being released into the air and is not something we would really want to happen. VOCs, short for Volatile Organic Compounds, are entering the Earth’s atmosphere. This could have many adverse effects; for one, it can cause ozone depletion, it can contribute to the problem of smog and also the big one; it can contribute towards global warming. This prompts us search for new types of paint to use as we get to know about these risks. The initial popularity of eco friendly paints was not at all impressive when they first came to the market in the nineties.
So, will Earth friendly paints become hot sellers with the increased awareness of global warming? Well, there’s a further issue to deal with: the painting professionals. The contradicting opinions mean that, according to some of these paint experts, paints that have the volatile organic compounds are more superior. The points the paint pros make are that paint that is environmentally safe is not as efficient to use. Consumers are making the switch to eco friendly paints to avoid health related problems such as headaches and asthma so the paint makers need to serious consider this.
Latex paint that is water based might just be an answer to this issue. They are considered to be eco friendly and being water based contain no VCOs. Nevertheless, like nearly everything, there is a drawback: latex paints can’t be used to paint on iron due to them being water based, which ends up making the iron become rusty much faster. Still, customers are turning more and more often to latex paints.
Real Eco-Friendly Paints
In order for us to regard a paint as eco friendly, we have to know what it contains and how it was manufactured. As an example, Titanium Dioxide is commonly used in a lot of paints because of its white color, which means it can effectively cover other paints. Sulfuric acid is a by-product in the making of Titanium Dioxide. The environment is harmed as the acid is discarded into the sea.
Smog can be the result of Titanium Dioxide reacting with the sun when used outside. The reality that carcinogens may cause cancer is a serious concern since it has a link with Titanium Dioxide. Even with all of this, paints nonethless have Titanium Dioxide.
Environmentally friendly paints will become widely used as we begin to see the damaging effects that everyday paints have on our health and in our environment.