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What are 'Green' Paints?

What are
Green Paints?

  • Little or no toxins (Low or no VOCs)

  • Minimal odour

  • No need to air rooms after painting

  • Health and environment friendly

  • Made from biodegradable and renewable sources

  • Options to reduce power bills

Conventional paints can make the air you breathe a chemical cocktail, even long after they have dried. They continue to release petroleum based solvents, called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), or toxins, into the air. These can be harmful to health and to the environment.


New environmental regulations and consumer demand have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes, or ‘Green’ paints. These paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to humans and the environment.

At Green Choice we value your health, and we care about what impact the products we use have on the environment. That’s why we always recommend the use of paints that have either zero or very low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as they are virtually toxin free. This makes them safe to use around those who are chemically sensitive, such as asthma sufferers, pregnant women, children, the sick, and around YOU.

Better for Your Health

Better for your Health - Preserving Clean Air

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According to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Australia, Indoor Air is considered one the top five hazards to human health. Traditional paints, lacquers and varnishes can contribute to many health issues, such as breathing difficulties, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, liver damage and even cancer.

CSIRO estimates that indoor air pollution costs the Australian community in excess of $12 billion a year in illness and lost productivity. Although toxic emissions are highest when the paint is first applied, they continue to leach into the air for years after the paint smell has gone.

With a range of enviro/health friendly paints available on the market, we can recommend a durable, cost-effective option for most residential and commercial painting needs.

Better for the Environment

Better for the Environment

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Heat Reflective or ‘Cool’ Paints

There are now paint coatings available that significantly improve a building’s energy efficiency, reduce related cooling costs and offset carbon emissions. The paint reflects heat, keeping the surface significantly cooler. It's possible to cut energy bills when applied to roofs and external walls.

The Ozone Layer

It is estimated that the VOCs in traditional paints make up 10% of ozone depleting substances. Using Green alternatives helps preserve our planet for the next generation.

Renewable & Biodegradable

Some Green paint manufacturers produce their paint from renewable resources that are biodegradable and in most instances, can even be composted. Some are even certified carbon neutral.

Better for Your Pocket

Better for Your Pocket

Although the cost of an enviro paint is comparable to traditional paint, their benefits can lead to a variety of cost savings:​
  • Reduce air-conditioning costs by using a heat reflective or ‘cooling’ paint

  • Reduce lost productivity, sick days and other costs associated with sickness and health issues associated with VOCs

  • Rooms can be used as soon as the paint is dry as there is no need to air them out. This is particularly beneficial for shopping centres, hotels, restaurants, offices, nursing homes, hospitals, child care sensitive, and those in the healthcare industry.

  • Adds to the ‘Green Star’ Rating of a property which can increase the rental value and sale price of a property.

At Green Choice we are qualified and trained to advise you on how to make the best choice for your next project.

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