Paint then Recycle

Paint was one of the first environmentally friendly products because it extends the life cycle of a wide range of materials both at home, and commercially, including public and private infrastructure. In fact, paint has always reduced our environmental footprint by extending the useful life of our assets for many years. As a result, it postpones the need for you to replace materials or assets and thereby reduces your costs and saves valuable natural resources. More recently the sustainability of paint products has increased greatly with more waterborne products on the market than ever before. These products protect the air quality in your home as they no longer create low-level emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOC), which means no odour at all! Waterborne paint with low- and no-VOC represents more than 95 percent of decorative paint products used both inside and outside the home and 60 percent of commercial paint.

Paint Products Sold in Canada
are the Most Sustainable on the Market

Over the course of the last two decades, paint manufacturers have made great strides in the reduction of VOCs in paint, protecting both human health and the environment. All paint producers provide details about the safety level of their products and take great pride in producing paint products that not only perform to the highest standard but are not harmful to the environment or human health. If you look carefully on modern paint cans, all products now reveal whether they have low or zero VOC emissions. All paints are well within established VOC limits under federal regulations for both decorative and auto refinish products.


Under extended producer responsibility laws Canada's paint industry recycled more than 27 million kilograms of paint last year, enough to paint 580,000 average size homes.

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