Choosing the Right Paint
First things first; you will want to make sure that you are using an eco-friendly paint. This is one of the first steps to keeping your warehouse eco-friendly. When you are searching for paint, you will want to look for paints with low or zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). A VOC is a particle that will escape into the air, affecting the air quality of your warehouse and, on a larger scale, the atmosphere. VOCs are also commonly known as paint fumes and are another reason why you should make sure that your warehouse is well ventilated when you begin painting it. Depending on where you shop for paint, it might be a little bit more expensive than normal but it will be well worth it to help the environment.
From small business brands to painting monoliths, companies everywhere are beginning to offer eco-friendly paints. This means that you won’t have to stress too much about where your paint is coming from or how long it will take to find. With just a quick search, you should easily be able to find countless low/zero VOC paints to use for your warehouse.
In fact, there are some paints out there that are made specifically to be environmentally friendly. For instance, there are paints that take from the old, traditional recipes of paint from days where VOCs weren’t a thing. These paints tend to use milk, cottage cheese, and pigments from the earth for coloring. This makes them incredibly environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and an excellent way for you to paint your warehouse. When you are done with it, you can even pour it on your compost pile instead of the trash.
Looking at What Is in the Paint
Another thing that you will want to pay attention to is what is in the paint. In addition to making sure that there are no VOCs in your paint, you will also want to look at how the paint is colored. Some companies, in an honest effort to offer eco-friendly paints, offer paints that are not colored with chemicals. Instead, these paints are colored with earth pigments. From mineral-based pigments to plant-based pigments, these paint colors are harvested naturally from the earth, meaning that not only are you keeping the use of chemicals down but you are making good use of the world around you. This is yet another way that you can keep your warehouse’s paint job environmentally friendly while still looking good in the process.
When you are looking at pigmented paints, sometimes you will have to physically mix the color in yourself. If you are all right with this hands-on process for the sake of an eco-friendly paint job, then this might be one of the best options for you. The key to ensuring that your project remains eco-friendly is to make sure that you know exactly what is in your paint and how it can affect the environment around you.