By Harrison James

Solvents from regular paints are escaping into the environment and I am sure we would all wish this could be avoided. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs for short) are creeping into the our surroundings. Ozone depletion, elevated risk of smog, and possible global warming, are just some of the results this could cause. As people become more and more conscious of the issues posed by global warming, other options to normal paints are being sought. Back in the nineties, when we had our first look at the first eco friendly paints, they didn't take off.

So, will eco friendly paints become more popular with the raised awareness of global warming? But, there's another obstacle: the painting experts. The opposing positions mean that, based on some of these pros, paints containing the volatile organic compounds are better to use. These professionals likewise maintain that these environmentally friendly paints also need many more coats to get the same finish as normal paints, and that they are not long lasting. The paint industry must think about the health issues relating to VOCs, including breathing problems like asthma and that consumers are going for environmentally safe paints.

Water based latex paints having binding qualities can be a way to deal with this problem. They are believed to be eco friendly and being water based have no volatile organic compounds. If want to paint iron, this is a problem with water based latex paint since rust will occur a lot faster. Nonetheless, customers are turning more and more often to latex paints.

So for us to view a paint Earth friendly, we have to know what it contains and how it was made. For example, something that has the ability to cover other paints is called Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide is prepared using a couple of processes that result in weak sulphuric acid being created. The manner in which the acid is disposed of is environmentally detrimental because the sea is its final destination.

Titanium Dioxide can cause smog when exposed to sunlight, which is another serious concern. The knowledge that carcinogens may induce cancer is a serious concern since it has a link with Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide continues to be found in paints despite all of this evidence.

Environmentally friendly paints will become more widely used as we start to understand the effects that everyday paints have on our health and in our environment.

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