For example, if a paint uses organic solvents rather than a water base, it will release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding air. As a result, solvent-based paints can also contain about 50 per cent more embodied energy. VOCs are detrimental to indoor air quality. Exposure can trigger headaches; irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous systems; and loss of coordination.
An ingredient such as titanium dioxide, widely used in the paint industry as a pigment, has its major environmental impact occur during its manufacture. This is because it has high embodied energy, is a limited resource, and its production can result in unsustainable air and water emissions.
The standard sets requirements that aim to provide a benefit by:
reducing waste generation and resource consumption
banning ozone-depleting substances
requiring that water and air emissions are responsibly managed
minimising VOC (volatile organic compounds) content
preventing the use of harmful ingredients such as carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins
requiring that suitable information on the preparation, application, care, storage and disposal of the product is supplied to the public
ensuring workers and suppliers through the supply chain can expect fair pay, equal opportunity, and a safe working environment
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