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Paint does wonders for your home

Painting can be one of the easiest ways to fall in love with your home again. Simple enhancements such as painting a front door, outdated vanity or kitchen cabinets can transform your space and mood.

However, the next time you decide to paint, consider its potential environmental effects. Paint can introduce toxic waste into landfills and release air pollutants that cause harm to humans and ecosystems. Fortunately, there are options to reduce these environmental impacts.

At SmartLiving Real Estate, our go-to is MetroPaint, a 100% recycled latex paint available at BRING, a local store, for only $13 a gallon. Purchasing MetroPaint saves landfill space, conserves water and energy, and supports a local nonprofit doing good for our planet by turning waste into paint.

It’s always wise to choose paint with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) to reduce air pollutants. You can purchase various low- and zero-VOC paints at home improvement stores.

When working on a project, it’s best to use all the paint you buy to keep it from going into landfills. If you have leftovers, combine the same types of paint to extend its useful life.

So, what colors will rule in 2023? Trend forecasters predict earthy rainbow colors like forest green, eggplant purple, and deep ocean blue — a return to more dramatic shades. Happy sustainable painting!


Carolyn Stepp is passionate about sustainable living. She has been in real estate for over 20 years specializing in the Eugene & Springfield areas.

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