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Paint Denver Celebrates Earth Day 2014

For 44 years, we’ve been celebrating Earth Day as a way to focus in on making earth a better place to live. Over the years, Earth Day has focused in on a wide variety of issues, from problems with our water supply to sustainability with our energy sources.

This year as we continue to see people moving from the country into the cities, Earth Day is focusing in on making the process more effective along the way. People living in wide open spaces have different issues then people in an urban environment. And part of the process is looking for ways to reduce toxic ways of living and replacing them with healthier options.Earth Day

We all want to live our lives in comfort. But doing so in a sustainable way will help us now and for many years to come.

As a professional painter, I know there are two major areas where we can help with this process.

1. Make paints more earth friendly

If we look at the history of paint, we’ll quickly find that paints of yesteryear were filled with toxic chemicals. Not only did they harm the environment overall, they also impacted the environment of our homes and living conditions. When you breathe in the fumes, it ultimately can harm your health.

Low or no VOC paints are now being produced by most major paint companies. Keep in mind that no VOC doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t VOCs in the paint. It simply means the base is VOC-free; pigments added later may contain VOCs, giving it a low level of emissions.

When you decide to paint your home, demand the lowest VOC paints you can find. If you have your home painted by a professional, specifically ask about the paint used. It’s the only way you’ll ensure a top qualitfy product with the lowest amount of damage to our environment as possible.

2. Make our clean up process more earth friendly

Once your painting process is over, two other issues arise.

First, make sure your clean up process is toxic free. Latex paint is water soluble, meaning you can clean up with water rather than harmful chemicals.

Second, never buy more paint then you’ll use. Paint is toxic to our landfills, yet millions of gallons make their way there each year. Look for recycling options whenever possible.

Happy Earth Day!

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The Mystery Of Recycling Latex Paint

Almost all of us these days use latex paint. Since its water based, its easy to apply, easy to clean up, dries fast and comes in every color you can imagine.

But what do you do with the leftover latex paint once you’re through? Sure you’ll store the can in the garage or basement for touch ups. But once you decide to change colors, the can of paint is no longer needed. Then what?

The Mystery Of Recycling Latex PaintLatex paint is a very special waste product. You can’t just take the can and throw it away. You can’t pour it down the drain. But there really aren’t any mandates for what to do with it. Its one of those blind areas where everyone turns their heads, not noticing what their neighbor is really doing with that old can of paint.

In California, they consider latex paint to be hazardous waste, and have a variety of programs in place to dispose of it. But in every other state, including Colorado, it’s a gray area.

When you are ready to get rid of a can of latex paint, before you throw it away, it must be left open and completely dried out before it is tossed. Yet where do you leave it open for an extended period of time for drying out? It can be hazardous to both children and pets, so it needs to be kept in a safe place if this is the route you are taking.

Want another option? Try donating it to a local charity, organization, school or even an artist. Ask around and chances are you’ll find someone in need of a little extra paint for a small project or two. A school loves paint to fix up an old wall, or even to help make gift items for this year’s auction event. Charities are also looking for building materials to help out those in need. Even the smallest cans of paint can be used for touch ups or to update a small bathroom in a shelter or other project.

While the best way is to simply buy what you need, in reality that doesn’t always happen. Save some for touch ups, then find a second home for the rest. You’ll be improving your community all the way around.

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Managing Leftover Latex Paint

Latex paint is the popular paint used these days. In fact, approximately 85 percent of paint sold in this country is latex paint.

Why is it so popular?

Latex paint contains less hazardous ingredients, so it is less harmful to the environment. Plus, it’s easy to clean up with soap and water. These reasons make latex paint the paint of choice for many homeowners who are doing their own projects.

Managing Leftover Latex PaintAlthough popular, latex paints do contain vinyls, acrylics, and epoxies that can be detrimental to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. If you pour latex paint down the drain or get rid of it in the trash, it could pose problems. So how can you manage leftover latex paint? Here are some ways:

Reduce the amount of latex paint that you buy. Make sure you only buy what you need. This eliminates the need to manage leftover latex paint!

Use up what you buy. This is the best way to get rid of the latex paint. You can use leftover amounts for smaller painting projects or little touch-ups around the house. Be sure to recycle the empty paint can when you are finished.

Dig Deeper – The Mystery Of Recycling Latex Paint

Give leftover paint away. If you can’t store it, give it away. You may have friends or family members who are beginning painting projects. Or, consider giving the paint to a charitable organization or school.

Recycle latex paint. Some have recycling centers and hazardous waste collection programs may accept latex paint for recycling.

Participate in a paint swap. Some neighborhoods hold paint swaps in order to get rid of unwanted paint at a nearby facility. The paint must still be in usable condition, and the lid must be intact.

If you must dispose of leftover paint, it must be dried up as you should never get rid of liquid latex paint. You can dry the paint up by using kitty litter or sawdust. Then, dispose of the paint in an appropriate landfill. Contact PaintDenver today about your leftover paint.

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6 Tips For Disposing Of Leftover Paint

You’ve experienced the exhilaration (and the fumes) associated with changing the color of your room.  Now you are left with a sense of accomplishment; a crisp, clean looking room; and the dreaded bit of leftover paint.  While a little bit of paint is fine to keep for touch ups, I highly doubt you will need half a gallon for that.  So, what do you do with all that leftover paint?

Dig Deeper – The Mystery Of Recycling Latex Paint

6 Tips For Disposing Of Leftover Paint

  1. For limited quantities of latex paint, such as an inch or so at the bottom of the can, you can simply leave the open can outside to dry out.  Be sure to keep it out of reach of children or pets.  Once the residual paint has dried, you can simply throw away the can.
  2. If you are left with larger quantities of paint, you might want to consider investing in a box and some cat litter or shredded paper.  Pour the paint into the box of litter or paper and wait for the concoction to dry.  Then dispose of the box and the empty paint can.
  3. If you want to get more creative with your leftover paint, you could blend several different cans of leftover paint for a base coat on your next DIY paint job.  While you may get an unsightly color, at least you won’t need to buy enough of the new color for multiple coats.
  4. Throughout Colorado, there are many locations that will recycle or take back old paint. Different rules apply for latex and oil based paints, so make sure you separate them out. Then contact your local government office for a recycling center near you.
  5. Dispose of oil based paint as you would hazardous waste.  Check your local waste management company for hazardous waste instructions.
  6. Consider repurposing the paint.  Is there an art project that would benefit from that shade of green?  Is there a school project that would look better with a coat of red?  Is there a local nonprofit that is looking for a fresh look?  Rather than waste, look for ways to make it work.
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