What is an accredited green painter?
A licensed, qualified painter in Australia becomes an accredited ‘green painter’ by completing the Green Painters training program. A Green Painter provides all the usual services of a painter with the added benefit of special training in how to use eco-friendly paint solutions. Green painters can provide all the normal services of a painter.
People are looking for more ways to use environmentally friendly products in their home, not only because it is better for the planet, but because it is healthier for their family and pets. A qualified green painter can show you how to avoid the use of harmful toxins when painting your home or business.
Green Painters are specially trained to be considerate to the requirements of people who suffer from allergies and can advise on safe paint choices for your home. Green painters adhere to an Environmental Code of Practice and make use of the newest waste management procedures and tools to reduce waste & waste-water throughout painting jobs.
Why choose a green painter?
You might imagine that you can buy some eco-friendly paint and use the paint yourself, however there are benefits to employing a qualified green painter.
An accredited green painter knows how to achieve the colour you want with natural paints.
Your green painter will also calculate precisely how much paint is required, this reduces waste and emissions and saves you money. They can also recommend exactly which green paint product is the correct one for your needs.
Disposing of the unused and unwanted paint at the end of the job is part of the responsibilities of a Green Painter. Also, the water used to clean up after a natural painting job can be used to water your garden as it is non-toxic.
What is green paint?
'Green' or eco friendly paint includes natural plant and mineral-based paints and low-VOC acrylic paints. What makes a pain eco-friendly is that it has little or no level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
As the name suggests, natural paints are made from naturally-occurring materials such as citrus oil, linseed oil, plant resins, lime, clay, finely ground minerals and earth pigments. Many of these resources are also renewable.
Natural paints have all of the ingredients and allergy risks printed on the label, or on technical data sheets that can be viewed online. It's important to check these, as even natural products can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Advantages of natural paints are that they allow the substrate to breathe, they discourage mould growth, they don't attract dust and they can improve your indoor air quality compared to standard paints.
Low VOC paint
VOCs are bad for the environment and for health as they “off gas” from the paint as it dries or cures, and can continue to off gas for long periods afterwards.
These compounds (such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, ammonia, and acetone) contribute to air pollution and can sometimes cause health problems when fumes are inhaled, including respiratory issues and allergies.