Specific categories of assessment
include materials, energy, manufacturing
and operations, health and environment,
product performance and use, and product stewardship and innovation. Based on
specific chemical data, successful paints
and coatings will receive the ECOLOGO
More details about ECOLOGO can be
found at www.industries.ul.com.
MPI Green Performance Standard
Unlike the other green certifications,
the Master Painters Institute’s MPI Green
Performance Standard evaluates only
paints and coatings. MPI’s certification is in
large part due to increased research linking
ozone depletion to VOCs from paints and
MPI standards are based on VOCs,
chemical components and performance.
Unlike some other certifications, MPI values
the longevity of a paint or coating in conversation with its chemical impact because
of the basic intention of paints and coatings protecting a surface.
But MPI is sure to outline the uneasy
relationship environmental friendliness
and performance can have. “The standard
addresses environmental friendliness with
performance in the context of differing
geographical environmental regulatory
trends,” says MPI. “It does not address
sustainability where higher VOC coatings
perform significantly better."
MPI also closely scrutinizes recycled
paints. One main concern is that the waste
stream needs to be “verifiably environmentally preferable.” Another is that recycled
paint must “meet the same minimum
performance standards as comparable
non-recycled paint.” With MPI, there is little
“either/or” with performance and environment – they are both expected to be optimal to receive certification.
Learn more about MPI’s Green
Performance Standard at www.mpi.net.
These certifications have their own
unique motives and metrics, but at the
same time there is plenty of overlap
between them. If you want to go green on
your next painting project, research the
certifications out there to find the best fit.
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