In a recent BBC interview, Sir David Attenborough warned that, “The moment of crisis has come” in efforts to tackle climate change.
It’s a subject that’s hot on everyone’s lips as we all try to do our ‘bit’ for the environment. Whether that’s taking a positive step to not using single-use plastics, buying environmentally friendly products, or choosing fresh ‘in-season’ produce that has not clocked up thousands of air miles to reach the UK’s shores.
We can even make significant changes in the painting and decorating sector by choosing eco-friendly paints. Well-known brands such as The Little Greene Paint Company and Farrow & Ball are leaders in producing high quality eco-friendly paints for both the commercial and domestic market. Other leading brands such as Dulux have followed suit with their trade Evolve, paint which is made from 35% recycled paint content.
In addition to eco-friendly paints, many manufacturers also produce eco-friendly wallpapers made from recycled material or sustainable forests. These are designed to reduce waste and can be recycled too. Eco-friendly wallpaper adhesives are also available. These include non-toxic formulas, and those that are available in powder form to minimise waste and give a longer shelf-life.
It is now possible to undertake an entire decorating project using eco-friendly products, so that both DIYers and professional painting and decorating
companies can make their own small contribution to reducing their impact on the environment.
Protecting the environment and health
These paints are not just eco-friendly, they are health-friendly too. Traditional paints may contain harmful substances such as formaldehyde, heavy metals (such as lead) and even volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can be particularly harmful, and are given out whilst painting and for up to a further five years thereafter. It’s no surprise therefore that, according to the World Health Organisation, professional decorators have an increased risk of developing lung conditions such as asthma and cancer.
Eco-friendly paints contain minimal VOCs (some are even virtually zero), are lead-free, and are low or almost odourless – thereby providing a safer way of painting domestic and commercial premises. Eco-friendly paints are better for the environment as well as the health of those living or working in rooms that have recently been painted using them.
Commitment to reducing environmental impact
Currently many, if not most, council-run recycling schemes around the UK do not offer a recycling facility for traditional paints due to the substances they contain. Advice from councils is for nearly empty tins of paint to be disposed of in the normal waste bin – which will eventually end up in land fill.
Before disposal, however, it is required to add sand to left over emulsion paint until all the paint has been soaked up. Left over gloss paint must be left uncovered until the paint has gone hard. Only once these actions have been undertaken can paint be thrown away.
However, the companies which produce eco-friendly paints also are committed to taking steps to reducing the environmental impact of their business. These include recycling waste from their factories, using recycled material for packaging or colour cards etc., and using recycled paints in their products.
Be eco-friendly with Montagu Property Services
Both commercial and domestic customers can benefit from using Montagu Property Services to undertake their decorating projects. Whether you need one room or an entire property decorated, we specialise in a high quality finish using specialist paints and finishes with attention to detail that’s second to none.
If a client asks us to decorate using entire eco-friendly products, then we will advise the best products to use, and ensure that these requirements are met in all aspects of the job.
If you would like to speak to our team about any of the above, or to talk about your next project, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. You can call us on 0207 723 5463 between 8am and 6pm, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.