Environmentally Friendly and Beautiful
Green Promise™ is Benjamin Moore's commitment to creating environmentally friendly paint that exceeds the most stringent industry standards - yet still provides outstanding quality and superior performance.
These premium "green" paints stand out for their low VOCs, low odor, unparalleled quality and performance with unlimited color selection. There’s a perfect Benjamin Moore Green Promise product to suit every budget and lifestyle.
What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gasses emitted from solids and liquids, including paint. VOCs may be natural or synthetic and are ubiquitous in nature, but in paint they are mostly associated with solvents. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects including headaches and dizziness.
Benjamin Moore Green Promise™ paints meet either very low or zero VOC limits.
How to Properly Dispose of Paint
If you are not able to safely use leftover paint, care should be taken to properly dispose of paint as it can leak from a dumpster or garbage truck to roadways and other surfaces. Landfills are also challenged when disposing of paint.
To properly dispose of latex paint it must be completely dried and removed from the container (the can can then be recycled). If the paint can be cleaned up with water, it is latex paint. Many latex paints include lead, so liquid paint cannot simply be thrown away or poured out; however, dried latex paint can be thrown into the trash.
Oil-based paint must be treated as a hazardous material and taken to a proper disposal or recycling center. Paints that require mineral spirits or turpentine for cleanup are "oil-based" and may also be labeled as "alkyd". Oil-based paint is toxic and contains harmful solvents, resins, or pigments. This paint is also flammable, making storage a major concern for homeowners.
Learn more about paint recycling or contact your local waste disposal company for locations of waste centers for paint.
Drying Leftover Latex Paint
The easiest and often quickest solution is to purchase waste paint hardener. This powder can be obtained at the Kaleidoscope Paint store. Hardener works great for larger quantities of waste paint and for cleaning up spills.
Additional solutions include using kitty litter, mulch, and shredded paper. All of these methods work with smaller quantities of paint.
If less than a quarter of the can remains, air drying is possible. Place the can outside and out of the reach of pets and children.
Using Leftover Paint
Some suggestions for using leftover paint include touch-up and applying additional coats. If you have an unfinished garage or storage shed, you can consider using the extra paint to protect bare wood (be aware that without proper primer and prep, the results may not match expectation). Painting furniture, planters, or outlet covers also creates a flow of color through your home. Donating extra paint for school and Scouting projects is also an option, and larger quantities may be accepted by Habitat for Humanity. See Recycling Paint for more options.
Yes you can! Oregon mandated paint recycling in 2010 and Kaleidoscope Paint is an official paint recycling drop off site. As long as the container has a label and is not leaking, we can accept oil or latex paint from any manufacturer. If you have un-used paint or stain in your home, this is an envronmentally responsible way to dispose of it.
Storing Old Paint
If you store paint for future touch-up and re-use, consider the following procedure to increase storage life (paint can last for years if stored properly):
- With the lid removed, cover the opening with plastic wrap.
- Put the lid on securely and examine for leaks.
- Turn the can upside down. When upside down, the paint creates its own seal.
Store the can in a safe, dry place that will not freeze. Keep unused paint out of the reach of children.