What are VOCs?
Most water-based paints on the market have some type of solvent in them. When evaporating, these solvents emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere. VOCs react with oxygen and sunlight at ground-level to form the “bad” type of ozone.
The ozone rule of thumb is “good up high, bad nearby.”
Bad ozone is an irritant for the mucous membranes. It can also cause nose, eye and throat irritations; and can lead to shortness of breath, coughing and asthmatic symptoms. This lower-atmosphere ozone can also damage vegetation. Further, some chemically stable VOCs participate in the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer (the “good” ozone), causing the famous hole in the ozone layer.
Nolan Painting is able to provide better choices for your paint needs, including low-VOC Duration Home brand paint and zero-VOC Harmony brand paint, both from Sherwin-Williams, for a healthier environment. Ask your estimator about your options when he or she visits.
Redistributing and Recycling
No matter what type of paint you choose to use, Nolan Painting is committed to responsible cleanup and recycling. We donate our left over paint — hundreds of gallons a year — to various charities.
We also recycle all cardboard, plastic and aluminum.
Energy Efficient Operations
To make our operations greener, we have purchased fuel-efficient vehicles: a hybrid and a Transit Connect.
In our facility, we changed out our lights to more efficient fluorescent lights with motion detector switches, and updated our heating system to a fuel-efficient model.
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