Giving your commercial space a facelift by adding a fresh coat of paint can be a great way to engage with potential customers and increase the creativity of your workforce. Painting is an inexpensive remodeling option that requires no demolition and very little time to complete.
Unfortunately, your commercial updates could have a negative effect on the environment if you aren't taking the time to remain vigilant when it comes to environmentally friendly painting practices. Try working with your commercial painting service to employ the following environmentally friendly processes as you transform the appearance of your commercial space.
Dispose of leftover paint properly.
The way in which any paint that goes unused during your commercial remodel is discarded can be a source of concern. Protect the environment by ensuring leftover paint is disposed of properly. You can ask your commercial painting contractor to donate the excess to a charitable organization, or you can flush any unused paint into the municipal sewer system.
Set up dedicated wash stations that can be used for the duration of your project to clean rollers, brushes, and other paint tools. These wash stations will prevent workers from washing out paint on your company's lawn or parking lot where the chemicals in the paint can potentially contaminate groundwater supplies.
Invest in recycled paint.
Manufacturing a brand new gallon of paint is complex. Minerals must be mined, chemicals must be mixed, and energy must be consumed throughout the manufacturing process. These activities could have a negative impact on the environment, but your company doesn't have to utilize new paint when updating a commercial space.
Making the choice to invest in a recycled paint product allows you to reduce your environmental impact and paint your company in a more eco-friendly light. Recycled paints provide complete coverage, and they come in a variety of colors to serve your interior decorating needs.
Lower the VOC count.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in many paint products. At room temperature, a VOC will evaporate and release toxic gases into the atmosphere. This evaporation and emission process contributes to an increase in air pollution levels.
Be sure that you are looking for a paint product with a low VOC count, or no VOCs at all. Using these eco-friendly products to spruce up your commercial space will prevent your painting activities from become a significant contributor to the air pollution problems in your area.