John Grey Painting Is Going Green Still so many more questions than answers. One thing for sure, like it or not, is that environmental issues impact us all. We call them environmental issues but in reality they are about the quality of our lives and the conditions that we leave behind. Within all the confusion regarding what to do or not to do one thing stands out clearly, we must consider the consequences of our actions and be responsible for them, we must be the change we’d like to see. Some things that are clear; recycle, reuse, dispose of properly, protect the surrounding landscape, be economical and judicious in product selection and procurement (create less waste) and application techniques (the best place for left over paint is on the wall), use low or “no” VOC products, use higher grade material which will require repainting less often, be aware of imbedded environmental impacts (the distance from the manufacturer and transportation fuel consumption, manufacturing fuel consumption, mining of raw ingredients and that footprint, use of natural earth and ultimate organic paints, additives such as biocides, mildewicides, and pesticides, reflective and insulating coatings. There are so many considerations that taken all together this becomes very unclear. One thing that remains clear: Going green will require a committed effort with a long range goal focused philosophy and the ability to negotiate an obscured, confusing and constantly changing course. Some of our goals: Switch all materials to no VOC or earth pigments and organic coatings, use recycled paints and establish a paint recycling service, reduce the fuel and power consumption of our business, participate in accredited ‘green’ projects, spread the word, protect the environment, be aware, be concerned, be vigilant, be the change.