Recycled Paints – What Are You Getting?
There is a “good feeling” when recycling materials so that they are not wasted, or consigned to ever growing landfills which pollute our environment. In many cases recycling not only makes sense, but it can also provide a good quality product. Examples of this include recycled plastic soda bottles, and disposable shopping bags. The used products are collected, screened, scrubbed, extruded, and made into verifiable polymers, often for re-manufacturing back into the same product.
When it comes to paint, however, the benefit is not so clear cut. Firstly, not all paints are recyclable. Latex and water based products are, but oil-based paint is considered household waste and cannot be recycled. Thereafter, the process for inspecting, and testing waste paint is very limited, typically just reviewing the can label, checking the color, looking for contamination, and sorting into generally similar products. Once sorted, liquids are mixed together in large vats, and then harmonized with a universal color (often grey) before being put into a fresh can and labeled.
The value of a recycled product (and there certainly is a value) is that it diverts waste from landfill back into use. What is not achievable, however, is a verified or secure provenance of the ingredients. If the recycled paint contained VOCs, contaminants, or was a mixture of various products poured into different cans, it is impossible to determine. This lack of clarity means that recycled paint bears no comparison with a virgin product whose ingredients are verifiable.
If you would like to ensure that you control the chemicals coming into your home, recycled paint is not the option for you. Instead, choose a product like ECOS Paints, whose ingredients are carefully selected for the comfort of our customers, and that are clearly displayed on the can.