Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Health and Safety Tips when Painting

Painting your home should be a fun and rewarding as well as a risk-free experience. There are some easy steps you can follow to make your next painting project a safe one. One of the first things you should do before anything else is read the paint can label. Always take note of any cautions or potential dangers indicated on the paint can this will allow you to prep the room accordingly. Know the risks of lead exposure this can occur if you are working on a home built before 1970 there is a chance that there may be lead-based paint on the walls and trim. All paint you can purchase today is lead free but still can contain chemicals that can effect your health. It is important to use protective equipment when painting to protect your eyes, lungs and skin from damage that could be caused by these chemicals. Most paint jobs will require the use of a ladder. Ladder safety is also important to minimize the likelihood of common ladder-related accidents. Once your done proper paint disposal and recycling can help protect the environment from paint chemical pollution. Exposure to paints can cause many health problems. Sometimes these are noticeable right away and sometimes the reaction to the overexposure isn't observed until later. Knowing the negative health effects of certain types of paint can prevent you from overexposure at the first sign of symptoms. For a list of common health effects, symptoms, and details on all of the points mentioned please follow this link for full article If you need to remove old, damaged, or lead contaminated paint before you can roll on a fresh coat make sure you do it safely. Many paint removal products are extremely hazardous and lead paint removal when not done properly can pose serious health threats to yourself and anyone in the vicinity of your project. Its recommend that you have an RRP Certified contractor remove lead paint from your home when ever possible. There are safe alternatives to paint removal that do not require hazardous chemicals and can effectively remove all types of paint including lead based paint (when proper safety procedures are used) safely. EcoSolve Americas has water based technology that replaces harsh solvents and caustics commonly found in chemical paint strippers. The Tough Not Toxic brand of paint removal products from EcoSolve are fume free, easily neutralized with water, and will not damage the surface your stripping. Visit the EcoSolve website for more details on safe solutions to paint removal and where to buy All paint projects can be done safely with a little patience and a lot of know how, subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more great tips on everything paint related.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is the water based gel paint stripper everyone is trying. Now you can do your paint removal projects all year round with safe products from EcoSolve Americas. Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can be safely used indoors with minimal ventilation because not only is it solvent and caustic free its EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical paint stripping. No toxic fumes or burn hazards and you can get the results your looking for. Find out more about Home Strip, other safe solutions from EcoSolve, and where to buy please visit

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove multiple coatings and finishes including
  • Lead-based paints (with lead safe work practices)
  • Oil-based paints
  • Solvent-based paints
  • Water-based paints & emulsions Polyurethane's
  • Stains
  • Varnishes and waxes
  • Fire-resistant paints
  • Certain plastic coatings
  • Rust-preventative surface coatings and more
Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove these types of coatings and more from all types of surfaces with no damage to the substrate including
  • All hard woods
  • All soft woods
  • All metals, including soft metals such as Aluminum, brass and copper.
  • Stone (including very soft porous stone)
  • Brick
  • Marble
  • Concrete
  • Plastered surfaces
  • Most plastics and fiberglass 
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Monday, 25 February 2013

Sign This Petition and BAN Toxic Chemicals from Our Products

Despite decades of knowledge about toxic health effects from chemicals like methylene chloride they remain poorly regulated. Protecting people from carcinogenic chemicals like methylene chloride can prevent cancer and save lives. Sign this petition today if you think methylene chloride should be banned from consumer products now! Follow this link and sign now together we can make a difference! Methylene chloride is considered by many regulatory agencies to cause cancer and has been linked to to over 50 worker deaths in North America since the mid-1980s. This chemical regularly used as a solvent is banned from many uses in Europe yet still available in multiple products for consumer use in North America. Cancer in people caused by methylene chloride can take years to develop and is more difficult to document. This small win can open the doors to much bigger change to regulations regarding the chemicals in our everyday products together we can do it!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Methylene Chloride MSDS: Read Between the Lines

The following sections are pulled from the Material Safety Data Sheets for Methylene Chloride prepared by Science Lab

Potential Chronic Health Effects: CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Classified + Proven by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (US). Classified 2B (Possible for human.) by International Agency for Research on Cancer (UN). The substance is toxic to lungs, the nervous system, liver, mucous membranes, central nervous system. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

Other Toxic Effects on Humans: Very hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant), ingestion, or inhalation. Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant, permeator). Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching.

Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: Human: passes through the placenta, excreted in maternal milk.

Products of Bio degradation: Possibly hazardous short term degradation products are not likely. However, long term degradation products may arise.

Toxicity of the Products of Bio degradation: The products of degradation are more toxic.

For full MSDS document 

Methylene Chloride can be found in numerous consumer products available for purchase in North America including: spray shoe polish, water repellents, spot removers, wood floor and panel cleaners, adhesive removers, lubricants, wood stains, varnishes and finishes, paint strippers and graffiti removal products, rust removers, glass frosting/artificial snow, and some automotive parts cleaning products.

If you want your voice to heard sign this petition to the Federal Minister of Health to ban the use of methylene chloride in consumer products now!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Graffiti Go!

Graffiti Go can clean up and remove all types of graffiti damage safely from multiple surfaces! Watch this product demo and see Graffiti Go inaction fast and effective replacing harsh cleaners and solvents. Graffiti Go is water based product from EcoSolve Americas and EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical paint removal. This easy to use all-round product simultaneously does the work for which several different products would have been necessary in the past. With no fume or burn hazards Graffiti Go can be safely used anywhere by anyone with the quality performance you would expect from EcoSolve.

Graffiti Go will remove...
  • All paints including car spray paints
  • A wide variety of decals
  • Graffiti shadow
  • Leather dye
  • Marker pens
  • Crayons
  • Fly-posters
  • Chewing gum and more!!!
Make your work space a safe place with Graffiti Go! For info on Graffiti Go and other safe solutions from EcoSolve please visit

Monday, 18 February 2013

Worker Fatality Alert

The CA/FACE (California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) program is investigating the preventable death of a worker who was using a paint stripper inside a tank at a paint manufacturing company. A second worker was also nearly killed after attempting a rescue. What was the cause? Both of the workers were overcome by dangerous levels of solvent vapors inside the paint tank. The paint tank was a permit-required confined space, but proper testing, entry and rescue procedures were not in place to prevent both workers from being overcome by toxic vapors. The victim was wearing a cartridge respirator that did not adequately protect against inhaling methylene chloride vapors. Methylene chloride has been linked by Federal OSHA to over 50 worker deaths nationwide since the mid-1980s, primarily from use in poorly ventilated spaces. Methylene chloride is also considered by many regulatory agencies in the U.S. to cause cancer, and is banned from many uses in Europe. For full article follow link This tragic accident could have been prevented by removing the deadly chemical methylene chloride from the equation. Using safer non toxic paint stripping methods could have saved this workers life and prevented severe chemical poisoning of the injured co-worker. The need for industrial, professional, and consumer use of toxic chemicals like methylene chloride for paint removal is a thing of the past. Now innovative companies like EcoSolve Americas have advanced water based technology that can strip paint and other coatings from all types of surfaces fast and effectively without toxic ingredients that poison our bodies and the environment. EcoSolve paint removal products are tough enough for industrial and professional use yet so safe they are successfully used by consumers and DIY enthusiasts everywhere. For more info on EcoSolve and certified safe paint removal products please visit    

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Renovate Right The Rules of Lead Safety

The RRP rule applies to residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978. Homes built before 1978 where commonly painted with lead based paint 30 years later that paint starts to chip and crack causing all kinds of health concerns for you and your family. Contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the RRP rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt. The EPA found that 60% of firms inspected in 2011 had not yet been certified to perform RRP work. It's not fear of fines that should motivate contractors to comply with lead safety rules but the people they can seriously harm on the receiving end of lead paint dust. NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) maintains an online database on RRP compliance, training, and certification requirements members can access this info for free. For full article, links to NAHB RRP info, and a list of states that self enforce RRP rules follow the link If you own a home built before 1978 and want to conduct repairs to damaged paint or renovate always test for lead first. You can purchase easy to use lead test kits in most hardware stores and know exactly what your dealing with. If you have lead paint in your home and need to remove it hiring a certified contractor is a safe option but not everyone can afford to do this. EcoSolve Americas provides affordable paint removal products that can safely remove lead paint when safe lead paint removal procedures are carefully followed. Check out this EcoSolve Blog on recommended EPA lead removal practices and stay safe! EcoSolve's Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can effectively remove lead paint without creating dust by encasing the contaminated material and keeping it wet while softening for easier removal. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that has been EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping. For more info on EcoSolve and there safe solutions for paint removal please visit    

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Fatal Industrial Accident Methylene Chloride Kills

A man killed in an industrial accident yesterday was a contractor hired to clean a tank at Sunnyside Products in Wheeling, IL. The project assignment was to clean sludge from the bottom of the tank. The man was found at the bottom of the tank unresponsive, face down in a chemical sludge, and 9-1-1 was called immediately. The chemical in the tank was methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane (DCM), which is used as a solvent for many chemical purposes including degreasers and paint stripping. DCM is a serious inhalation hazard, and is metabolized to carbon monoxide in the body, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. By initial assessment, low oxygen and/or the inhalation of the chemical fumes, which are heavier than air, are believed to be the cause of the victim’s loss of consciousness. About 15 fire departments responded with support personnel, technical rescue experts, and equipment. The technical rescue experts included specialists in hazardous materials and work in confined spaces. For full article and video links to Fire Department reports and recovery operations follow link...  This tragic death could have been prevented with safer solutions from EcoSolve Americas. EcoSolve has tough water based strippers that are fume free and do not contain harmful solvents and caustics like other paint strippers. No matter if your working on a small home project or a big industrial job EcoSolve has effective alternatives to hazardous chemicals like methylene chloride. For all your paint and coating removal needs EcoSolve has tough not toxic products. Visit the EcoSolve website for more info

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Harmful Chemicals: Methylene Chloride What You Should Know

Numerous poisonings and deaths have been reported over several decades among workers and consumers using furniture strippers or other products containing methylene chloride in unventilated areas. Furthermore, several federal, state, and international agencies have identified methylene chloride as a cancer-causing substance. Unfortunately, despite the well known health effects caused by methylene chloride and the ready availability of cost effective, safer alternatives, this toxic substance is still found in everyday products and is widely used in industry as a solvent, exposing North Americans to unnecessary health risks. Methylene chloride is easily inhaled and absorbed by the skin converting into carbon monoxide once inside the body—making it an especially dangerous solvent. Despite decades of knowledge about these toxic health effects, methylene chloride remains poorly regulated. Though some federal and state standards exist, none of these standards are strong enough to protect worker or public health and none address the chemical’s entire life cycle. For full article, a long list of products that contain methylene chloride, and links to find out more follow here If your looking for safe alternatives to toxic chemicals like methylene chloride and need results EcoSolve has effective tough not toxic products that can remove paint, varnish, and texture type coatings, glue, graffiti, and much more without harsh solvents and caustics that pollute our bodies and the environment. EcoSolve paint removal products are water based and EcoLogo Certified as safer options for chemical paint removal. When you need products that work for the right price EcoSolve Americas have the safe solutions you can trust. Visit the EcoSolve website more info or find us on Facebook Get tough with your projects not toxic!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Engineers Getting Hands On with Sustainable Design

75 percent of professional mechanical engineers work for companies involved or extremely involved in sustainability, up from about 66 percent last year. Cost continues to be a chief concern and a driver of decisions on whether to incorporate sustainable design practices in products. Most organizations are focusing on products and systems that reduce energy use and emissions. More than 55 percent of respondents said they worked on designs that use less energy or reduce emissions in the past year. About 54 percent said they worked on designs to comply with environmental standards and regulations. For full article follow link... The link in this article titled: 2012 Sustainable Design Trend Watch Survey has some interesting insight into how mechanical engineers and manufacturers are practicing “green” or “eco” design and how sustainability in manufacturing is changing over time. The professional survey consisted of 23 questions and generated nearly 4,470 responses. Approximately 61 percent of the working engineer respondents had more than 20 years career experience. This growing interest/need for sustainable design is changing the way we think, manufacture, and sell products today.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Green Building Movement: What Shade of Green are You?

Several years ago I never thought the green building market would ever grow this large, this fast. As I now see these various green groups forming their own identities, I realize that we are still just at the tip of the iceberg. Just as market forces have begun to separate the design and construction community into various shades of green, the very same forces have caused the building product manufacturing companies to respond accordingly. There are now products produced for every shade of green that is buying. To walk the floor and see all of the amazing pieces of green building products/technology, produced for all of the shades of these green groups, and to see how it has evolved over the years, is truly amazing to behold. Follow this link for a break down on the various levels of green and see what shade you are No matter what level of green you are EcoSolve Americas has green products you can trust. Certified safe alternatives for paint and coating removers as well as a new line of bio-enzyme cleaners and water management technologies coming soon. For more information on EcoSolve and certified Eco-preferable products visit Find our EcoLogo Certified product listing here 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The Power of Pregnancy Over Your DIY Lifestyle

Pregnancy is a time when the nesting instincts kick in and decorating ideas kick off. Many women dive in and take on big projects to get ready for the baby. Even in the later trimester of pregnancy DIY moms to be still want to do it themselves and some things they can. But some projects are best left for others when it comes to exposing yourself to unnecessary chemicals or volatile organic compounds. Pregnancy is an especially important time to minimize exposure to VOCs. Consequences of exposure to high concentrations of VOCs can include miscarriage, low birth weight, birth defects, developmental disabilities, and a higher risk of cancer in children. For a quick list on some of the more dangerous VOCs to avoid during pregnancy follow this link If getting help on your project is just not your bag and cramping your DIY style there are precautions you can take to take on your project yourself without causing any harm to the baby. First step is to choose safer products not just for application but also to minimize off gassing. Some glues, and paints can off gas harmful fumes for months after applying so always try to find low or no VOC options especially if its going in the nursery. Next is to minimize exposure during application even if you choose safer options you should wear the appropriate protective equipment this is very important when applying paints, stains, sanding, or chemically removing coatings because of the indoor air pollution created. Chemical filter mask, gloves, protective clothing, and proper air ventilation are essential if you want to paint or refinish anything while pregnant. Warning: chemical paint removers are one of the most toxic products you can buy over the counter for consumer use. Use of chemical strippers is not recommended during pregnancy if you are in need of removing paint use safe alternatives from EcoSolve Americas. They have water based products that do not contain dangerous solvents or caustics that create hazardous fumes. Visit the EcoSolve website for more information The bottom line is to take extra safety precautions, choose safer products, and don`t over do it! Plan projects so you can take your time, rushing DIY projects is never a safe plan. Good luck ladies with all your projects I have always had the strong belief if you want something done right you have to do it yourself! 

Monday, 4 February 2013

How to Pick the Right Paint Finish

If you want to know what is the best paint finish for your walls you may want to consider a few things before making your choice. Picking the right color is not always the most important consideration to make when choosing a wall finish. Different paint finishes will highlight imperfections on your wall as others do better to cover them up. Also some finishes are easier to clean or stand up better to well lighted areas. For a detail list of the most popular finishes to choose from, where they work best in your home, and what level of finish you should be looking for follow this link Once you have the perfect paint picked make sure the work you do lasts with proper painting prep. How you prep your walls is just as important as the new coating you choose. Your new paint is only as good as the layer underneath. For excellent DIY painting prep tips and other great ideas visit the EcoSolve Blog here... If you need to remove old or damaged paint from your home EcoSolve has safe alternatives to hazardous chemical paint stripping. Now you can safely remove paint without harsh solvents or fumes. Effective for indoor and outdoor applications EcoSolve products are Tough Not Toxic. For more details on EcoSolve and safer options for paint removal visit     

Friday, 1 February 2013

Lead Based Paint in Homes Still a Threat

Lead paint is the single greatest environmental threat to children ages 6 and younger according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It's also dangerous to adults and if you're in the market to remodel or renovate your home you should heed experts advice. If your home was built before 1978 you could have lead paint in the underlying layers on your home. Disturbed or damaged painted areas can release toxic lead dust particles into the air. Lead poisoning is 100% preventable if you know what to look for and what to do. You can get your home and your child tested for lead. The EPA has some great recommendations. Follow this link for full article and links to EPA's recommendation list to keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning. EcoSolve Americas has safe water based gel strippers that coat the material being stripped and keep it wet for dust free paint removal. Never dry scrape or sand possible lead paint in homes built before 1978 always test for lead paint first. Follow the EcoSolve Blog for great tips on how you can test your home for lead paint, DIY painting tips, and safety precautions you can take to make next home remodel or renovation a safe one for everyone. For more info on EcoSolve and their brand of Tough Not Toxic paint removal products visit