EcoSolve Americas Show Their Stuff at the Customer Appreciation Day with Dulux Paints!

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Customer appreciation day at Dulux Paints with EcoSolve Americas in South Surrey was a big hit! We got to meet all kinds of painters and trades-people interested in EcoSolve products.

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We got the chance to show off the great performance of our products!

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Great food and lots of fun!

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Thanks Dulux Paints for a wonderful opportunity and experience!

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EcoSolve has the top performing paint and graffiti removal products your looking for with UL certified safe fume free formulas! Available at Dulux Paints if its not on the shelf they can order in with your interest.

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For more great info on EcoSolve products, where to buy, store locators, product performance videos and much more visit our website www.ecosolveamericas.com   Find Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and Graffiti Go in your local Dulux Paint store or purchase online. Certified safe alternatives to chemical stripping and paint clean up are here! Thank you Dulux Paints!

Everything on Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos has been used in many industries. For example, the building and construction industries have used it for strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption. The shipbuilding industry has used asbestos to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes. The automotive industry uses asbestos in vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads. Asbestos has also been used in ceiling and floor tiles; paints, coatings, and adhesives; and plastics.
People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems. Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil. However, most people do not become ill from their exposure. People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job, through the environment, or at home via should inform their doctor about their exposure history and whether or not they experience any symptoms. For full article and supporting links please follow http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/asbestos

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Cities Wiping Out Graffiti

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The term “graffiti” comes from the Greek word “graphein,” which means “to write.” Today’s graffiti according to the National Council to Prevent Delinquency, is 80% “tagger” graffiti.  Another 5% are “pieces” and nationally, gang graffiti makes up about 10%. You’ve probably seen graffiti somewhere in your community.  It’s the words colors and shapes drawn or scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, signs and other surfaces.  It’s done without permission and against the law. While the cost of graffiti vandalism in the U.S. varies from city to city many municipal governments, communities and property owners report that the cost is rising each year. Graffiti is a drain on your tax dollars and diminishes residents’ sense of safety and security in a community. Neighborhoods with graffiti see a decrease in property value and a loss of business growth and tourism. The presence of graffiti sends a signal that nobody cares, which can result in other forms of crime and street delinquency in the neighborhood.
      Immediate removal of graffiti—within 24 to 48 hours—is the key to successful prevention.
There are several ways to remove graffiti. The basic methods are the paint-out, which is to simply paint over the graffiti and removal with the use of solvents, chemicals and water and sand blasting.   
      There are lots of things that you can do. Organize a paint-out or paintbrush mural to cover a wall plagued with graffiti. Adopt a wall at your school or in your neighborhood and make sure it stays free of graffiti. Carry out school and neighborhood activities to educate citizens about graffiti and its negative effects. Of foremost importance, always report graffiti to the proper authorities. For full article follow link http://www.houstontx.gov/graffiti/facts.html
     Although there are lots of options to remove graffiti a lot of the cleaners and methods used are hazardous. Many graffiti cleaners are full of harsh solvents and chemicals and sand blasting requires specific safety equipment and training. Not everything can be painted over so one company sought to change the playing field and make a safe graffiti remover that everyone can use and is safe on most surfaces. EcoSolve Americas has a revolutionary water based technology that removes all types of graffiti paints without harsh solvents and chemicals. Graffiti Go is a proven effective fume free graffiti remover formula used by Neighborhood Watch programs to keep communities clean. Now communities can get together and get hands on with spring clean up. Graffiti Go is easy to use and is safer than toxic solvents or harsh sand blasting on surfaces. For more info on Graffiti Go and where to buy please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ EcoSolve has Tough Not Toxic certified safe options for paint removal.

Could Lead Poisoning Really be a Cause of Violent Crime

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It’s ridiculous – until you see the evidence. Studies between cities, states and nations show that the rise and fall in crime follows, with a roughly 20-year lag, the rise and fall in the exposure of infants to trace quantities of lead. Lead was withdrawn first from paint and then from petrol at different times in different places (beginning in the 1970s in the US in the case of petrol, and the 1990s in many parts of Europe), yet despite these different times and different circumstances, the pattern is the same: violent crime peaks around 20 years after lead pollution peaks. The crime rates in big and small cities in the US, once wildly different, have now converged, also some 20 years after the phase-out. Is it really so surprising that a highly potent nerve toxin causes behavioral change? The devastating and permanent impacts of even very low levels of lead on IQ have been known for many decades. Lead poisoning in infancy, even at very low levels, impairs the development of the brain that regulate behavior and mood. Lead poisoning is associated with attention deficit disorder, impulsiveness, aggression and, according to one paper, psychopathy. Lead is so toxic that it is unsafe at any level. For full article and links to scientific supporting papers please follow the link http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/07/violent-crime-lead-poisoning-british-export?goback=.gde_3780205_member_202294146 The most unsettling fact in all of this is the fact that millions of homes in North America still contain high levels of lead hidden under layers of paint first applied in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. That paint for the first time is starting to degrade creating a new peak in lead exposure. Government agencies can not keep up with the reports of lead poisoning in children and the need for affordable certified safe paint removal services for contaminated homes. The noticeable increase in the demand for DIY paint removal to save money is becoming a popular trend. Whether the work is being done safely is up to the home owner so its more important than ever to have resources available to consumers for safe DIY work practices. EcoSolve Americas Blog has valuable information and links to demo videos explaining safe work procedures for removing lead based paint. http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/ EcoSolve has provided safe paint removal products that work wet eliminating hazardous dry scraping and sanding of lead paint since 2002. And now Home Strip products are EcoLogo Certified safe alternatives to chemical paint stripping. When it comes to lead we always recommend hiring a professional to help remove contaminated paint. But I you have to do the work your self using safe work practices and products can keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning. For more info on our certified Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and other EcoSolve products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?

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Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.

  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability

For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/#Resource

If you don’t have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover

For easy removal of oil based paints without harsh solvents, caustics, or fumes try Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover by EcoSolve Americas. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that can be safely used indoors with minimal ventilation and no extensive protective equipment required. Paint removal has never been this safe Home Strip and other EcoSolve products are EcoLogo Certified as safe and effective alternatives to chemical paint stripping we have done the work so you don’t have to! Our high performance water based technology is truly superior to other ‘eco’ strippers and is made with sustainable water soluble ingredients. Watch this test demo to see Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover strip exterior oil based paint from wood in just 20 minutes! For more info on Home Strip and other Eco-Preferable products from EcoSolve please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

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10 Cancer-Causers to Remove From Your Home

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Given poor government regulation, many of the cleaning products available on the market contain “everyday” carcinogens such as formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, methylene chloride, and napthelene, as well as reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors. Not to mention other ingredients that cause liver, kidney and brain damage, allergies and asthma. There is literally a host of products, other than those used for basic cleaning, that often contain carcinogenics as well. From air fresheners and art supplies, to flea control for pets, dry cleaning, paints, and even ‘microwavable’ plastic can pose serious health risks to humans. For full article and links on details for the top ten cancer causers you should remove from your home follow this link http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-cancer-causers-to-remove-from-your-home.html?page=1 One company striving to provide safe green certified products for consumers is EcoSolve Americas. Their brand of Tough Not Toxic products effectively replace some of the most toxic paint remover products on the market. Chemical paint strippers containing harsh solvents like methylene chloride are carcinogenic for people and extremely toxic for the environment with poor regulations for industrial and consumer use. That’s why EcoSolve has taken the steps to provide safe alternatives that are produced responsibly from sustainable water soluble ingredients. To learn more about EcoSolve and their products visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

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