Coming up in my column in Better Homes and Gardens magazine are some product finds that have come to market recently making home painting a little bit greener.
Now, we all know that it's easier than ever before to find low and even zero VOC paints in the marketplace. One good paint I like is from Benjamin Moore and it's called Natura; it comes out this Spring and it's totally zero VOC and you can tint it a million different colors.
But what about the actual painting supplies? Tarps, rollers, trays, etc? On a little trip to Lowe's last week, I found these items that I am recommending in my BHG column.
First up, this eco paint tarp called Eco Drop. It's designed to truly protect your floors and surfaces from drips and splatters, but it is totally biodegradable when you're done. And it's just about $3 to purchase.
These paint trays are made from recycled cardboard with a very thin layer of plastic on top. The plastic is there so the paint doesn't soak into the cardboard (which would make the tray useless). One thing I do is that I also line the tray with aluminum foil to make it extra strong and to make cleanup easier. Just lift the aluminum foil, rinse it off, and recycle. Your tray should actually be in almost new shape and can be reused over and over.
These rollers are also at Lowe's and they made from recycled materials. Rollers are really hard to reuse over and over. You can scrape the paint off with a putty knife, rinse the roller and let it dry. But if it's definitely past its prime, go for the recycled and toss if you need to.