We've covered a lot of great eco-friendly paints, but what about the tools to paint with? You know, rollers, tarps, trays...? Here's a list of eco-friendly painting tools and supplies to help you green your painting project.
Trimaco Eco Drop, $3
• Trimaco Eco Drop ($3): this tarp protects and biodegrades!
• Reaves All Purpose Cotton Drop Sheet: this drop sheet is made of 90% post-consumer recycled content, is washable and reusable, and will decompose when discarded.
• Drip Catcher: made from non-toxic recycled beverage bottles and is 100% recyclable.
• Bio Tray: these paint trays are made from recycled cardboard with a very thin layer of plastic to act as a water barrier. Danny Seo suggests lining the tray with aluminum foil for extra durability and to extend the life of the tray. When the tray has reached the end of its life just peel off the plastic, toss into a recycling bin, and put the tray in the compost.
Whizz Green Roller
• Whizz Green Roller: these paint rollers are made from recycled post-consumer water so you don't need to feel guilty about tossing them after they've gotten permanently paint encrusted. Whizz also makes a Green Brush made with a bamboo handle.
• Envirobrush: the disposable bristles lock into a reusable/recyclable plastic handle.
Most of these products can be found at Lowe's, Home Depot and any green building supply store such as Green Depot. Of course use the above products as many times as possible before tossing!
(Images: Danny Seo)
Originally published 2009-02-18 - CB