Responsible purchasing of the paint products should involve choices that allow for low levels of pollutants and emissions resulting in the benefits for the environment as well as human health and well-being.
It should be kept in mind that choosing the right paint products starts with taking into account the environment (indoor or outdoor) and surface to be painted.
The main attention should be paid to the paint color and glossiness (sheen) of the finish, for creating the right Feel and Look.
Look for a hazard pictogram on a product packaging or carefully read the included product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or Technical Data Sheet (TDS), to find out if the paint product contains harmful chemicals.
Attention! VOC paint contains Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOC concentration calculated as gr per liter is indicated on the label of each paint product.
Responsible purchasing of the paint products also involve being aware of biocides. Namely, extra attention should be paid to the toxic chemicals/ biocides used in the paint product manufacturing.
The durability of paint against mechanical exposure is described as washability/wet abrasion/scrub resistance class.
Knowing how much paint product should be used is essential. Paint product coverage is defined as the spreading rate of the coating on a given material. It is usually indicated on the paint product label expressed in square meters per liter of paint product.
Comparing the costs of different paint products before purchase should not be simplified to looking only at the product price per litre.
Upon purchasing a paint product, eco labels on the product packaging provides the end-user with the necessary verifications about the product quality and its environmental impact.