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A Dirty Industry Goes Clean

One of the industries to endure major flak from the “go-green” movement is the paint industry.

Painting is generally not thought to be an environmentally friendly industry. From the manufacturing of paint, to application and disposal, there are many chances along the way for the environment to take a hit. The industry has made efforts to improve in the last few years. Recycled paint is becoming more common, proper disposal and recycling programs are in place and low or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are becoming the norm.

Recently, a major step has been taken to clean up the industry. By the end of 2012, oil paints will be regulated out of production and not allowed for residential or commercial use. Low VOC, water based paints, will become the standard. Dave Notte, founder and CEO of Wolfgang Commercial Painters says “The phasing out of oil paints as a method of ‘greening’ the industry is a step in the right direction but highly controversial. Low VOC paints require more energy to produce than oil based paints. Water borne paints under-perform oil paints in high traffic areas and require more maintenance. Moreover, when transitioning a surface from oil-based to water-based paint, harsh primers are required.”

So let’s summarize: more energy, harsh primers, less durable paints, and more frequent re-paints. When you add it all up it would appear as though the changes in the industry are not much greener. Are these changes really good for the environment? “Short term, it is not. However, paint technology is rapidly improving and the manufacturers are developing more durable water borne paints all the time “says Dave. “Despite our concern, Wolfgang is on board with the new paint regulations. Long term, the changes make sense. For now, our job is to adopt the new regulations and educate our customers along the way”.
Wolfgang Commercial Painters is a major commercial painting company located in Burnaby BC. Wolfgang Commercial Painter’s has made Business in Vancouver’s Fast 100 list the last 2 years running. Both owners, David Notte (CEO) and Kevin Parenteau (CMO), are active members in the Entrepreneurs Organization as well as their community.

For proper disposal of paint in your area look online for recycling centers near you in the Metro Vancouver area:

Erin Gray

About the Author: Erin Gray

Erin Gray is the Office & Marketing Manager/Finance Assistant for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's top commercial and strata painting companies. On a daily basis she could be responsible for doing back end maintenance on the website, organizing marketing campaigns, building videos for the website, paying suppliers and painters, collecting on outstanding invoices, ordering office supplies... just about anything that needs doing to keep the office running smoothly.

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