What it Means to be Green
While beautifying your home, we’re also paying attention to the health effects and environmental impact of each project.
“Green” painting means that we’re using eco-friendly paints, materials, and practices that protect indoor air quality, reduce waste, and keep toxins out of our lakes and streams.
Here’s what Acorn Painting does to be green:
We use high-quality, long-lasting low-VOC or VOC-free paint for both interior and exterior painting projects.
We clean the site at the end of every project so that you never have to worry about disposing of things properly.
We use biodegradable and recyclable cleaning supplies that mitigate exposure (yours and our crew’s) to environmental toxins. In addition, it reduces the strain on the wastewater treatment systems that protect Vermont’s waterways.
We reuse and recycle tools and materials.
We recycle and compost whenever possible.
We apply only the amount of paint* needed for the job.
* Of course, we’ll leave extra paint with you for touch ups. Even low/no-VOC paint contains chemicals that should stay out of the ground and water supply. Vermont partners with PaintCare, a non-profit that assists contractors, businesses, and homeowners with safe disposal of unused paint.
What Are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are solvents added to paint to help the paint dry, mix. and provide coverage. They are also the cause of that distinct “wet paint” smell. The largest number of these chemical compounds are released while the paint is drying, but some are released for years.
As they evaporate, these compounds deliver carbon into the environment. They also aggravate breathing issues and asthma, cause headaches, sore throats, and other short-term issues. Long-term exposure to these compounds can cause problems with the liver, kidneys, and cognitive processes. Some are carcinogens and have been linked to cancer.