Newer types of paints that do not contain volatile compounds are known as “green paints”. These green paints offer the same coverage, the same color palates, and often at the same price as their more toxic and less-green paints. Many environmentally friendly paints are also odor free. Think back to a time when painting a room, business, or manufacturing plant and the pungent odors required an open window, ceiling fan, or open door. These fumes from paints containing volatile compounds often give off odors that are breathed in, even with cheaper face masks. These odors go directly to the lungs, and over time, can cause irreparable lung damage. This lung damage, while sometimes minor, affects the way that the blood in the body is saturated in necessary oxygen. Just slight damage to human lungs can cause a drastic drop in oxygen blood saturation, which can lead to illness, loss or breath, and the development of asthma or asthma-like symptoms. With “green” paints, there are virtually no odors, which makes being in the same room or office during painting possible.
As the owner or property manager of a hotel, motel, condominium complex, or resort it is definitely worth the investment to be able to tell customers that the area is void of volatile paint compounds. Many customers, especially younger generations, are especially conscious of businesses that practice environmentally safe practices. These practices are important to any customer base, and many people want to know what kinds of paints are being used in their apartment, business, or vacation rental. These environmentally safe painting practices will last a long time, and help protect customers from harmful compounds.