3 Types of “Green” Paint

Over the past decade, there has been an increased awareness of a paint product’s impact on the environment. The painting industry has taken notice of this trend and you might be surprised by the quality of some of these “green” alternatives.

Several of the most common environmentally friendly paints and coatings are listed below:

  • Recycled paint – Recycled paint is made from water or latex-based paints and is either re-blending or reprocessing. The resulting paint is less hazardous and requires zero waste proposals. This paint is best for small projects as it is difficult to produce in quantity and has occasionally proven difficult to color match.
  • Low/No VOCs – Paints that contain low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are inherently safer to use and safer for the environment. Some states, such as California, have instituted laws requiring paint manufacturers to produce paint below a certain VOC level. VOCs are also the cause of that typical paint odor you get, so paints with low or no VOCs do not give off those paint odors. (Shameless Plug: EonCoat has no VOCs)
  • Milk Paint – Milk paints are odorless and created using a milk protein and lime. They come in powder form and are mixed with water to form the paint. Use milk paint as soon as it arrives on site as the compound can turn moldy if left standing for a few weeks.

Not discussed above are clay paints or ceramics. Clay paints can be effective for interior applications and ceramics are used most often in a coating/protection function for commercial and industrial applications. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments!