Going green is not only good for the environment, but can be cost-effective as well. The question is where do you start? Considering the amount of time you spend at home, it may be a good idea to consider environmentally friendly options there to help reduce your carbon footprint, while saving money in the long run.
When it comes to paint and our environment, manufacturers are more committed than ever to produce safe products that we can use in our homes and places of work. In order to sale or produce paint in the United States with toxic ingredients, the product must be registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Transportation, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Typically, there are three labels given to paint sold in the US – Low VOC (volatile organic compound), Zero VOC, or Solid Content percentage. Low VOC paint contains less than 50 grams of VOC per liter of paint, Zero VOC has less than 5 grams per liter, and Solid Content should be listed between the 25 and 45 percent range. Check out this infographic to learn what to do with leftover paint, plus discover the eco-friendly paint choices available to the consumer market, including watercolors, oil paints, binders, solvents, and modifiers.
"The average American generates 4.5 pounds of trash per day. What becomes of it?
Environmental Industry Associations Survey Finds Most Americans are Proud to Recycle -- When They Can
This infographic from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) provides vital stats on electronics recycling including how much is recycled and where it goes. Interesting stats include: more than 80% of the eScrap collected is recycled in the U.S. while only 25% of eligible household used electronics products are recycled.