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Eco Friendly Painting Tips for Your Next Furniture Project

Your next furniture painting project is just around the corner, but you want to make sure your project doesn’t negatively impact the environment. Where do you start? Which paint is best to use? And generally, how can you make your project more eco friendly?

If you’re asking those questions, you’ve come to the right place! Continue reading to learn 9 eco friendly painting tips!

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Advantages of Using Eco Friendly Paint

There are several advantages to using eco friendly paint. Not only is it a healthier option for your body, it often has minimal environmental impact. Eco friendly paints also don’t release harmful emissions into the environment during manufacturing.

Although some eco friendly paints come at a higher cost, they are usually much higher quality overall. This will save you money in the long run with a quality paint job that won’t need to be touched up or redone as often.

Eco Friendly vs. Vegan: What is the Difference?

Eco-friendly paints contain a lower concentration of VOCs, gasses that can potentially be harmful when ingested. However, if you’re also looking for vegan paint, you may need to do a little extra research before you buy.

While many plant-based paints also have lower VOCs, some manufacturers use animal products. Therefore, not all eco-friendly paints are also vegan. Research the company and the paint itself to ensure it is animal-free if you’re looking for vegan paint.

9 Tips for Eco Friendly Painting

If you’re looking for ways to decrease the negative impact of your DIY projects on the environment, be sure to follow these tips and tricks.

1. Plan properly.

Don’t overbuy when you purchase your supplies. No one wants to find themselves short on paint or in need of another painting supply when they’re right in the middle of a project. However, buying more than you need can lead to waste that could have been avoided. Take the extra time to plan out the project and do the calculations of exactly how much paint and other supplies will be needed. In doing so, you’ll save on money and on waste.

2. Choose Low-VOC or Zero-VOC paint.

Volatile Organic Compounds are gases that are released from liquids or solid states. These gases have been shown to be toxic to some people when ingested. To avoid health concerns, look for low-VOC or zero-VOC paints for your next painting project.

Aim to keep your windows open and have fans active in any space you are painting in to help remove any possible gasses. Also, avoid leaving the lid off of paint cans or paint thinner while indoors.

Looking for a paint perfect for interior walls? Try this Non-Toxic Zero-VOC Eggshell Paint.

3. Research how to dispose of your waste.

To avoid dumping potentially toxic chemicals in a way that can be harmful to the environment, be sure to take some time to research how your paint should be discarded.

Many states have a ban on the disposal of oil-based paints in landfills. Check your state laws before disposing of any leftover supplies.

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4. Water-based paint is best.

Water-based paints tend to have fewer fumes and are often lower in VOCs in comparison to oil-based paints. Factor in that water-based paint dries much quicker and makes for an easier clean-up process, and it’s clear that water-based paint is a better choice than oil-based paint overall.

This water-based, Non-Toxic Zero-VOC Semi-Gloss paint is great for a furniture project!

5. Use recycled paint.

Look for stores that sell paint that has been reblended. Some companies take old paint and recycle it into brand-new paint. Take it a step further! When you’re finished with your painting project, consider donating your extra paint to one of these companies that recycles paint.

6. Clean up using eco-friendly supplies.

Take some time to research the cleaning products you plan to use. Look for cleaners that don’t contain toxic chemicals. A great option is to use a homemade cleaner recipe that uses non-toxic supplies found in your home.

7. Use reusable, sustainable equipment.

Hardware stores are stocked with supplies that are meant to make your life “easier.” But this often translates into disposable products. Despite the name, most of these items aren’t easily disposed of. They will most likely take up space in a landfill for years to come.

Consider purchasing supplies that are reusable and biodegradable. It may take some extra time and effort to clean them, but your work will be rewarded with a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Biodegradable supplies are often made of cotton, bamboo, or wood. Or go the extra step and look for supplies made from recycled materials!

8. Upcycle or reuse materials.

Empty paint cans work great for DIY or craft projects. Look for other ways you can reuse or upcycle any supplies or materials you’ve used for your painting project that you know you will no longer use.

Can’t find a use for them? Consider donating unwanted materials to Goodwill or offering them for free on a public forum.

9. Use reflective paint.

Sun-reflective paints deflect the sun’s rays, reducing the energy cost to cool your home. Some water-based paint can act in the same way. Overall, lighter-colored paint will better reflect the sun, making it a good option for exterior house paint.

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Time to Paint Eco Friendly!

Now that you know these 9 tips for eco-friendly painting, it’s time to get started! How will you apply your new knowledge to your next painting project?

Interested in learning more? Check out our post on Eco-Friendly Furniture Painting: Safe and Sustainable Paints!