When I got to RONA I passed by the "ECO" paint cans and decided to check them out. I cannot write about being more environmentally friendly and then walk right by an opportunity like that. At the time the first thing I noticed was that 3.78L cans of ECO paint are just over $16.00 as opposed to $30.00 to $40.00, or more, for the other brands. Finally, an environmentally responsible product that does not cost more than its regular counterpart! As for product quality I am not a paint expert, but I had no trouble with ECO paint; it goes on smoothly, and cleans up like any other latex paint. The one thing that you may not like about ECO paint is that it comes in 16 pre-mixed colours. While that may seem limiting I am looking at the brochure right now and I think they cover a broad range, from "berry", a dark reddish colour, to "moonlight", a basic white. I was able to take the two colour samples my husband and I chose and find two ECO paint colours that were the same, or very similar. All the colours have names you would associate with nature such as cloud, moss, blue planet, and sand. Rather fitting don't you think? Now for the environmental details.
According to their brochure and press release regarding the ECO paint launch this product boasts the following benefits:
- made from 90% recycled paint
- latex based
- 4x less greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing process
- low in VOCs
- label made from 50% recycled material
- plastic container made from 100% recycled material
- certified by the EcoLogo program
It is so easy to get discouraged when you listen to, or read about, all of the horrible things happening to the environment every day. I love it when I come across another company that takes the time to bump up the environment in their priority list. Here are a few last points to consider next time you go shopping for your home reno supplies:
Since 2008, when RONA launched their ECO label, they have expanded their line to offer over 450 products. When you see the ECO logo on products at RONA you know that you are buying products that have a lower environmental impact throughout their entire life cycle. As of this year, in addition to offering environmentally responsible products, they have also expanded their paint recovery program into Western Canada. Starting in July 2011 you can take your old, or unused paint (of any brand) to a RONA store for recycling at no charge.