In order to keep our Earth safe and clean for future generations it is very important for paint companies to adopt more eco-friendly practices and procedures. Our industry is known for using products that have the potential to harm the environment, but there are many steps painters can take in order to reduce their negative impact on the planet.
- Reusing leftover paint as primers for other jobs.
- Recycling empty clean metal paint cans.
- Having a recycling program for the office to limit paper and plastic waste.
2. Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting)
- Completely containing and disposing of hazardous lead-paint waste to reduce contamination to the surrounding soil and pollution of the air.
3. Asbestos Removal
- Proper removal of asbestos to ensure that the harmful, microscopic fibers are not released into the air (where it can be inhaled), water (where it can be ingested) and soil.
4. Air Quality Control
- Using paints, thinners, and primers that have the lower VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), yet are still durable and effective for proper adhesion and longevity.
5. Paint Disposal
- Drying latex paint or using paint hardener is an effective solution to old product. Once the paint is dry it can be safely disposed of in the trash.
- Donating leftover materials to local charities, church groups or theater organizations that can use the paint.
6. Energy Efficiency
- Conducting energy audits on your commercial building to quickly identify areas to save on energy costs.
- Purchasing Energy Star® appliances and office equipment.
Not only does adopting environmentally friendly and energy efficient business practices help save the Earth, they also provide numerous benefits to painting company owners looking to control costs, attract customers and become socially responsible.