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Going Green

Nolan Painting Works Greener and Cleaner

Nolan Painting is not only committed to providing beautiful, professional work, but also is proud to be conscious of the community and conserving resources.

A few years ago, we formed a Green Committee to look at the ways we could help reduce our carbon footprint. One of the key ways was to use lower-VOC paints.

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.

Better Options

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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