You buy it in excess because you don’t want to be caught without it in the middle of a home improvement project. You have cans of it sitting in your garage for touchups or because it’s a “limited edition.” What is it you ask? Latex paint.
Americans consume more than 1 billion gallons of paint every year, and in many cases, the leftover paint from projects is still usable. Recycling this latex paint is now an affordable and sustainable alternative to sending it off to a landfill. It’s also the hottest new green design trend.
Specializing in fine wall finishes, California-based Metro Wallworks is the first company to launch a line of recycled paint. The new line of recycled paint consists of 15 colors and holds many advantages over buying virgin paint. In fact, using one gallon of recycled paint is the equivalent of saving 100 kilowatt hours of energy that would otherwise have gone into producing virgin paint. Recycled paint is generally acknowledged to be much cheaper than buying new latex paint.
But how is the paint recycled and is it of the same quality as what you buy from the store?
In order to begin recycling, filterable solids are removed from the paint. Most paint is then mixed with new standard paint, creating a 1:1 ratio of recycled to new paint. However, some paint is completely recycled without adding new paint. Pigments are then added to create the new color and the pH is adjusted. This new recycled paint is the same quality as virgin paint, just more environmentally conscious.
To learn more about Metro Wallworks line of recycled paint, visit their web site.
Whether you have a four-legged friend or not, its great to know that there are eco-friendly pet supplies out there to satisfy everyone's pet care needs.
"GreatGreenPet is a shopping blog devoted to the green, eco-friendly, pet owner. We comb the web and find environmentally friendly products for you and your pet." At GreatGreenPet you can read about pet toys, treats and pet supplies that are good for the environment and our furry friends. Their topics and product reviews aren't just limited to dogs and cats either! GreatGreenPet has advice about eco-friendly pet supplies, food and toys for rabbits, reptiles, mice, hamsters and horses, too!
One of their latest blog posts highlights a recycled chew toy for dogs. According to the blog, "Planet Dog makes this recycled chewbone from materials left over from manufacturing other products. It is non-toxic, and you can recycle the scraps when your dog is done with it." Sounds like a great way to make your pooch and Mother Nature happy!
GreatGreen isn't just limited to pets... they also have other blogs about shoes, travel, gadgets, baby and more where they offer advice on which great green products you should buy and where you can find them! These blogs serve as a constant reminder that its great to be green!
Most girls have certain makeup products they can't live without, but if going green is more important than your beauty needs, you should be checking out all of the natural products that are out there today! This one might be for the girls, but there's a few things that gals and guys should know about clean, green, healthy skin.
According to Green Daily, "Unless it says 100% certified USDA organic, there's no certainty that all of the ingredients are organic. And natural can mean almost anything!" This is especially true when dealing with makeup and skincare products. Today, it is trendy to try "mineral" powders, blushes and other makeups that are being marketed as "Natural." However, if you pay close attention, you hardly ever see the USDA Certification. This Organic Makeup and Skincare Resource can point you in the right direction!
This is for everyone (guys listen up too) - SUNSCREEN! Protecting your skin from harmful, damaging UVA and UVB rays is so important. Luckily, there are many organic products that can help you battle these blasted beams of light. Pristine Planet offers some great advice and direction on products that are good for you and the earth. "Kiss My Face" lip balm is great for protecting your lips and brands like "Badger" make an organic sunscreen.
For more advice on makeup and healthy living, check out these links:
How Green is Green? Pace Homebuilders is proud to present Greenhaven, an eco-friendly Decorators’ Show House in Cobb County. Greenhaven is open to the public Saturday, July 18 – August 9, 2009 for FREE tours. Greenhaven showcases the latest in sustainable interior design, state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency. Specific green features of the home include:
Green living has been a topic of discussion at universities across the nation, a household word since Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and even has its own section in most newspapers nowadays. With all these products around you claiming they are green or eco-friendly it’s hard to decide what green really means.
That’s why you need to visit the Go Green Expo this weekend at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta. If you want to learn more about living a green lifestyle, what “eco-friendly” really means and which products are truly green, you should attend. Or if you are an early-adopter of this very-important trend, you should go too! You can never be too green.
The expo will have over 200 exhibits including HollyBeth’s, an Atlanta-based eco-friendly beauty product company. HollyBeth’s products are made from organic plant extracts and owner HollyBeth Anderson has partnered with UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts to provide drinking water to underpriveledged communities across the world through the sale of her Wildflower Dry Oil.
The Go Green Expo will also have acoustic musical performances, green job opportunities, free yoga sessions, a rock climbing wall, free organic food sampling, hybrid car test drives, eco-kids zone & organic garden, green marketplace, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
This day of fun and education will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre (Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339) Saturday June 27, 10am-6pm and Sunday June 28th, 10am-5pm. The cost will be $10 for a full wekend pass (Saturday & Sunday), $5 for students and seniors with proper ID and free for children 12 and under.
It won’t be much longer before we have photos of the finished community service project for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, but in the meantime I am going to describe even more green features that went into the construction of the Green House.
The exterior windows are Silverline brand, distributed by Robert Bowden, Inc. Silverline is an ENERGY STAR partner. Their windows reduce solar heat gain and minimize heat loss which keeps homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A full 100% of any scrap vinyl, glass, aluminum, or cardboard remaining from production is recycled and reused. Continue reading →
Brock Built’s Green House is almost at completion, and while we have been periodically giving progress updates, including the green practices, I think it’s time to go into a little more detail as to why this community service project is “The Green House.”
More than being EarthCraft certified and built to the standards of ENERGY Star, green practices have gone into all the details with the Green House. For example, the interior trim, constructed by TLC Mouldings, utilizes MDF moulding. This particular product is an environmentally friendly product because no trees were harvested specifically for its manufacture. In addition, TLC uses materials that are made from sawmill by-products making this a green product as well. Continue reading →