Health and Safety Information on the products we sell.


ARTIST PRODUCT SAFETY

      I would like to begin by saying, the information below is not a comprehensive list, and should be considered a reference. This is not intended to scare you or cause an alarm, simply because, within your home are chemicals just as potent or dangerous, and such things are commonplace. Maybe you were not aware of it, but I think that on some level, people are. For instance, one knows not to drink bleach, or drain opener, or cleaners, but you would wash your hands, and any area of your skin that might come into contact with them. It may be obvious that one would not purposefully ingest paint, but some of the chemicals can and will enter into your body in other ways, such as eyes and skin. A chemical called Xylene will absorb into your skin, if not cleaned off, and if it should get into your blood stream, could be fatal.
You will also notice as you read that some hazardous materials "within" the product would have to get into your system in high doses to pose a threat.
So, an informed decision is better than an ignorant, or naïve decision.
Not everyone deals with these products on a daily basis, if ones occupation is not to do so, but still the potential danger is there. Maybe it's just a hobby for you, or maybe being an artist is your vocation, which could possibly put you in the atmosphere of artist's materials on a daily basis.
The point of this list is for is to give you knowledge about the potential dangers of the products, and maybe not the actual product itself, but something "in" it.
I heard a discussion once that the reason that Vincent Van Gogh cut off ear was because of the amounts of chemicals his body was being exposed to, had begun to affect his mental stability. But this is speculation and supported by factual evidence.
Artist's materials have come along way with increased knowledge of dangerous chemicals, and safety regulations. Ultimately, it is in the manufacturer's best interests to keep their consumers alive and using their product, as opposed to dead or hospitalized with a potential lawsuit.
It is like listening to the stereo in you vehicle. At first, the volume is O.K., but as time goes by and with the noise from the city or the traffic, or construction work on the road that made you late for something, made you turn the volume up in little increments at a time. Maybe unnoticeable, until the next time you get in and turn on the radio, and it blasts you out.
Have you ever been working with solvents such as turpentine, or spray vanishes, fixatives and the like, and realized that the odor which you first sensed was gone, yet you were still working, or in the same room or space with them?
A customer came into the store one day and we had a discussion about this very thing.
His solution was to switch mediums. He had been painting with oil paints for many years and eventually even began to have physical complications from it, but didn't make the connection at first. It like the car stereo I mentioned. He had spent so much time around it that he just didn't notice the smells of the solvents until he went away for a while on a trip.
Upon his return, the odor hit him like a wall. And the realization of it was enough for him to make a conscious decision to switch mediums, and also to get information about the paints and mediums he had been using. I also want to note that this artist is very detail oriented, which put him in close proximity to his canvas or surface, which, in turn put him closer to the paint and mediums.
Safety is largely just a "given" and often falls into the back of the mind for many people. Lets just call it a natural progression of becoming comfortable with ones surroundings. Everyone does it. But after researching products, I've found that there are many potentially dangerous situations that can evolve from disregarding the "safety" factor.
I am talking about chemicals within the materials that we use as well the practice of being safe. Example of this is as simple as paying attention to carve away from you not towards you when carving linoleum or wood blocks for printing.
The best way to be safe and to create a safe environment for not only your self, but also others around you is to KNOW YOUR MEDIUM.
Being safety conscious is not hard, and in the grand scheme of things, worth the time and effort that you put into finding information about your materials.
These pages are here for you, our customer. We are not legally obligated to provide these pages, but we want you to, "be in the know".

GO TO THE SOURCE.
You can always refer to the labels on the packaging and as well you should. But what if you are interested in a specific product, but do not physically have it? Hopefully we can be a source of information for you.
Here you will find the BASIC facts about such chemicals as TURPENOID, spray fixatives (glues) and varnishes, and other products.

First and foremost, in an emergency situation, always call 911.

SPRAYS AND ADHESIVES IN AEROSOL FORM

Unlike other glues, adhesives and varnishes that are applied by hand and are tangible in the sense that they can be manipulated and kept contained (except the odor).
Adhesives and sprays, which are in aerosol form pose a danger for the simple fact that, once released, they are in the air and "out of your hands". While they might not be able to be seen, other than a fog or cloud, they can be evident by the odor.
The following is a list of products on this website, which fall into this category.

MANUFACTURER: 3M
Address: 3M Center
St. Paul, MN 55144
Phone: (612) 733-1110

PRODUCT NAME (S):

SUPER 77 Spray adhesive

PHOTO MOUNT

SPRAY MOUNT


Health Hazards - Acute and Chronic
[EYES] EYE IRRITATION, REDNESS, SWELLING, PAIN, TEARING, HAZY VISION [SKIN] MILD SKIN IRRITATION, REDNESS, SWELLING, ITCHING [INHAL] HEADACHES, DIZZINESS, DROWSINESS, INCOORDINATION, SLOWED REACTION TIME, SLURRED SPEECH, DIGGINESS, AND UNCONSCIOUSNESS [INGEST] NOT LIKELY A ROUTE OF EXPOSURE

Symptoms of Overexposure
[EYES] EYE IRRITATION, REDNESS, SWELLING, PAIN, TEARING, HAZY VISION [SKIN] MILD SKIN IRRITATION, REDNESS, SWELLING, ITCHING [INHAL] HEADACHES, DIZZINESS, DROWSINESS, INCOORDINATION, SLOWED REACTION TIME, SLURRED SPEECH, DIGGINESS, AND UNCONSCIOUSNESS [INGEST] NOT LIKELY A ROUTE OF EXPOSURE

Emergency/First Aid Procedures
[EYES] FLUSH W/ WATER FOR 15 MINUTES [SKIN] WASH W/ SOAP AND WATER, REMOVE CONTAMINATED CLOTHING, LAUNDER BEFORE REUSE [INHAL] REMOVE TO FRESH AIR [INGEST] DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING, NEVER GIVE ANYTHING TO AN UNCONSCIOUS PERSON


OTHER PRECAUTIONS:
STORE OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT. KEEP OUT OF REACH OFCHILDREN. AEROSOL CONTAINERS/ CARTONS ARE FLAMMABLE UNDER PRESSURE. KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT, SPARKS, OPEN FLAME & OTHER SOURCES OF IGNITION. EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE LIQUID & VAPORS, DO NOT PIERCE/BURN CONTAINER EVEN IF EMPTY.

Manufacturer: KRYLON
Address: Ford and Washington street
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone: (215) 278-2456
(215) 278-2400 EMERGENCY

Product Names:
Crystal Clear
Workable Fixative
Matte finish
Gloss varnish
Kamar varnish


Health Hazards Acute And Chronic

INHALATION: CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSION, HEADACHE, DIZZINESS, NAUSEA, VOMITING, UNCONSCIOUSNESS, ASPHYXIATION, CYANOSIS, RESPIRATORY DISTRESS, LIVER & KIDNEY DAMAGE, PERMANENT BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE. SKIN/EYES: IRRITATION.

Explanation Of Carcinogenicity

METHYLENE CHLORIDE IS AN A2 CARCINOGEN BY ACGIH.

Signs And Symptoms Of Overexposure

INHALATION: PERMANENT BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSION, HEADACHE, NAUSEA, DIZZINESS, VOMITING, UNCONSCIOUSNESS, ASPHYXIATION, CYANOSIS RESPIRATORY DISTRESS, LIVER & KIDNEY DAMAGE. SKIN/EYES: IRRITATION.


First Aid Information

INGESTION: DILUTE BY DRINKING LARGE QUANTITIES OF WATER. GET MED ATTN. INHALATION: REMOVE TO FRESH AIR IF NOT BREATHING GIVE ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION, PREFERABLY MOUTH-TO-MOUTH. IF BREATHING IS DIFFICULT, GIVE OXYGEN. CALL PHYSICIAN.
SKIN: FLUSH W/WATER. CLL PHYSICIAN. EYES: FLUSH W/PLENTY OF WATER FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES.


INHALATION:
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: DEPRESSION, HEADACHE, DIZZINESS, NAUSEA, VOMITING, UNCONSCIOUSNESS, ASPHYXIATION, CYANOSIS, RESPIRATORY DISTRESS, LIVER & KIDNEY DAMAGE, PERMANENT BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE. SKIN/EYES: IRRITATION.

Explanation of Carcinogenicity
METHYLENE CHLORIDE IS AN A2 CARCINOGEN BY ACGIH.

Signs and Symptoms of Overexposure
INHALATION: PERMANENT BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSION, HEADACHE, NAUSEA, DIZZINESS, VOMITING, UNCONSCIOUSNESS, ASPHYXIATION, CYANOSIS RESPIRATORY DISTRESS, LIVER & KIDNEY DAMAGE. SKIN/EYES: IRRITATION.

INGESTION:
DILUTE BY DRINKING LARGE QUANTITIES OF WATER. GET MED ATTN.

INHALATION:
REMOVE TO FRESH AIR IF NOT BREATHING GIVE ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION, PREFERABLY MOUTH-TO-MOUTH.
IF BREATHING IS DIFFICULT, GIVE OXYGEN, CALL PHYSICIAN.
SKIN:
FLU SH W/WATER. CLL PHYSICIAN. EYES: FLUSH W/PLENTY OF WATER FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES.

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS IN PAINTS
Acrylic paints can be reduced with water, but this doesn't mean that there is no safety precaution. The companies that produce this product are obligated to put the warnings on the packaging.
As a student I rarely looked the labels unless I was directed to do so by a professor or fellow classmates. Often times I found my hands stained with paint even after thoroughly washing them, but never thought about the chemicals that caused the stain, were under the skin. It was not until the summers between semesters when I worked at a paper mill, and Hazardous Material certification was required as a part of the training. Then I began to pay more attention to what my skin, eyes, and any part of my body might be exposed to.
Below is a MSDS of Cadmium and Lead. I have also listed some color s of paints that it is found in. I have not listed a specific manufacturer, as I have in the previous products, unless necessary, because multiple companies offer the same colors.
(Example: CADMIUM RED MEDIUM.)
Cadmium is the pigment itself, which defines the color. It is then surrounded by other ingredients, which make the actual type of paint, i.e. acrylic, oil and some watercolors.
Manufacturers, by law, have to label ALL products that pose a health hazard somewhere on the packaging itself.
For example, Golden Artists Colors have an orange box with a black "X" in it on all the products they produce which contain hazardous chemical(s).
The Golden Paint company have a "C.P." designation indicating concentrated cadmium pigments (CC).

As well, they offer a synthetic hue of two cadmium colors and one cobalt color. But they aren't the only ones. Most companies offering cadmium colors, sometimes offer a hue of at least one specific shade of that color. This is true for most major brands of acrylic and oil paints.

The following chemicals are found on the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65.
Cobalt
Nickel compounds
Cadmium compounds
Carbon black
Chromium
Lead
Crystalline silica.
Which means that these chemicals are recognized to cause cancer and, or damage the reproductive system.
All products containing one or more of these chemicals, which would be sold in the sate of California, must have a warning similar to this:
WARNING: This product contains chemical(s), known to the state of California to cause cancer.


CADMIUM

Route of Entry: Skin
YES
Route of Entry: Ingestion
YES
Route of Entry: Inhalation
YES
Health Hazards - Acute and Chronic
<<CONTAINS>> CADMIUM PIGMENT <<WITH>> CADMIUM SULFIDE
Explanation of Carcinogen:
AVOID USING IF PREGNANT OR CONTEMPLATING PREGNANCY. EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE HARM TO DEVELOPING FETUS.
ONLY THE PIGMENT ITSELF IS CANCER SUSPECT AGENT BY INHALATION BASED ON EXPERIMENTAL DATA. LONG TERM EXPOSURE TO <<METALLLURIGICAL>> CADMIUM MAY LEAD TO KIDNEY DISFUNCTION
Symptoms of Overexposure
NO ACUTE OR CHRONIC HEALTH HAZARDS
Emergency/First Aid Procedures
IF SYMPTOMS EXIST, [SKIN] WIPE OFF EXCESS AND FLUSH WITH WARM WATER AND SOAP [INGEST] CONSULT PHYSICIAN, HOSPITAL, OR POISON CONTROL CENTER. [INHAL] REMOVE VICTIM TO FRESH AIR AND TREAT SYMPTOMATICALLY.

NOTE:
In order for the chemicals to get into your system, it would have to get under, or absorbed. As far as inhalation is concerned, the chemical would have to be released. EXAMPLE: sanding, spraying or any action that would allow it to become air born.
Not wanting to assume anything, I hope everyone would know NOT to eat the paint itself or anything that it might have gotten on, or into.
ALWAYS KEEP PAINT, AND SOLVENTS OUT O FTHE REACH OF CHILDREN.

The next four OIL paints contain LEAD. I have listed them here, by name, with the highest amount first.
CREMNITZ WHITE, 84%
FLAKE WHITE #1, 67%
FLAKE WHITE #2. 65%
FOUNDATION WHITE, 46%
You might not know but all lead based paint used for construction, housing, playground equipment, and basically anywhere it would be exposed, has been pulled from the market since the 1980's.
Here is a link to the EPA website page concerning Lead in paint and misc. materials.
http://www.epa.gov/lead/

Though I have listed four colors of oil paint I have one general MSDS.
Some of the ingredients are differ, but the dangers are the same.

Hazardous Identification.
Danger of cumulative effects:
Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect.
May cause harm to the unborn child.
Possible risk of impaired fertility.
Harmful by inhalation and if swallowed.

First Aid Measures.
In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label where possible).
INHALATION: Move the exposed person to fresh air at once. Keep the affected person warm and at rest. Get prompt medical attention.

INGESTION: Never make an unconscious person drink fluids! DO NOT induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately.

SKIN: Remove affected person from source of contamination. Promptly wash contaminated skin with soap or mild detergent and water. Promptly remove clothing if soaked through and wash as above.
EYES: Promptly wash eyes with plenty of water while lifting the eye lids.
Continue to rinse for 15 minutes, get medical attention immediately.

Accidental Release Measures.
SPILL CLEANUP METHODS: Keep combustibles away from spilled material. Provide ventilation and confine spill. Do not allow runoff to sewer. Absorb in vermiculite, dry sand or earth and place into containers. Wash thoroughly after dealing with a spillage. Inform Authorities if large amounts are involved.

Fire Fighting Measures.
EXTINGUISHING MEDIA: Fire can be extinguished using: Water spray, fog or mist. Foam. Dry chemicals, sand, dolomite etc.
SPECIAL FIRE FIGHTING PROCEDURES: Keep run-off water out of sewers and water sources. Dike for water control. Cool containers exposed to flames with water until well after the fire is out. Move container from fire area if it can be done without risk. If risk of water pollution occurs, notify appropriate authorities. UNUSUAL FIRE & EXPLOSION HAZARDS: No unusual fire or explosion hazards noted.
HAZARDOUS COMBUSTION PRODUCTS: Toxic gases/vapors/fumes of: Carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon monoxide (CO).

Handling and Storage.
PROTECTIVE GLOVES: Use suitable protective gloves if risk of skin contact. Use protective gloves made of Rubber or plastic.

EYE PROTECTION: Wear approved chemical safety goggles where eye exposure is reasonably probable.

OTHER PROTECTION: Wear appropriate clothing to prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact.

USAGE: Avoid spilling, skin and eye contact. Wear full protective clothing for prolonged exposure and/or high concentrations.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women must not handle this product.
May cause harm to the unborn child.
Contains lead. Should not be used on surfaces that are liable to be chewed or sucked by children. Keep locked up and out of the reach of children.

STORAGE PRECAUTIONS: Keep in cool, dry, ventilated storage and closed containers.

STORAGE CRITERIA: Misc. hazardous material storage.


Toxicological Information.
Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.
In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label where possible).
INHALATION: Harmful by inhalation. Harmful: danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure through inhalation.

INGESTION: Harmful if swallowed. Harmful: possible risk of irreversible effects if swallowed.

SKIN: Product has a defatting effect on skin.
EYES: Irritating to eyes.

HEALTH WARNINGS: Swallowing concentrated chemical may cause severe internal injury.

OTHER HEALTH EFFECTS: Toxic to Reproductive Health, Category1.
Toxic to Reproductive Health, Category 3.
Carcinogen, Category 3.

ROUTE OF ENTRY: Inhalation. Ingestion.
MEDICAL SYMPTOMS: Upper respiratory irritation. Nausea, vomiting. Allergic rash.

MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS: Skin disorders and allergies.

ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION: Dangerous for the environment: May cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.

DISPOSAL METHODS: Dispose of in accordance with Local Authority requirements. Absorb in vermiculite or dry sand, dispose in licensed special waste.

Other chemicals in paints that are considered potentially hazardous,
for example, CHROMIUM- carcinogen, MANGANESE- affecting the central nervous system, are not present in all paints, but should be handled with caution.
As I stated earlier, if a product does contain a hazardous chemical, the manufacturer must list it on the packaging. The two examples that a mentioned here, are actually in the name of the paint themselves.


The following ACRYLIC (as well as oil) colors, contain chemicals that depending on the exposure type, and length could produce the side effects listed below. (some manufacturers use synthetic versions of certain chemicals, and some do not. Example. Natural iron oxides are evident in some paints while Synthetic iron oxide are used in others).

RED OXIDE, PERMANENT RED
PTHALO BLUE
RAW UMBER
Route of Entry: Skin
YES
Route of Entry: Inhalation
YES
Health Hazards - Acute and Chronic
ACUTE:OVEREXPOSURE TO INGREDIENTS IN THIS PRODUCT MAY CAUSE IRRITATION OF GASTROINTESTIONAL TRACT; EYE, SKIN, DELAYED EYE, RESPIRATODRY TRACT IRRITATION; DERMATITIS, NAUSEA & VOMITING.
CHRONIC: CONTAINS INGREDIENTS, WHICH MAY CAUSE LIVER DAMAGE, KIDNEY DAMAGE, NERVE DAMAGE.

Symptoms of Overexposure
GASTROINTESTIONAL AND NERVOUS SYSTEM DISCOMFORT. BREATHING, EYE, AND SKIN IRRITATION.THERE COULD BE PAIN AND/OR DISCOMFORT IN THELOWER BACK, AND ABDOMEN. THERE COULD BE LABORED BREATHING AND N AUSEA AND VOMITING

Medical Conditions agrevated by Exposure
ANY RESPIRATORY OR SKIN CONDITION
Emergency/First Aid Procedures
EYES= FLUSH WITH WATER FOR 15 MIN WHILE LIFTING EYE LIDS TO INSURE CLEANING.

Hazardous Decomposition Products
SILICON DIOXIDE CARBON DIOXIDE/MONOXIDE METAL OXIDES

Supplemental Health/Safety Data
EMERGENCY FIRST AID: IF SWALLOWED, GET MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.
INHALATION: REMOVE PERSON FROM EXPOSURE AREA. IF BREATHING H AS STOPPED, USE MOUTH-TO-MOUTH RESUSCITATION AND GET MEDICAL ATTENTION.
EYE CONTACT: FLUSH WITH WATER FOR 15 MINUTES.

VARNISHES and SOLVENTS APPLIED BY HAND (NOT AREOSOL).

The products listed below have on their label, DANGER, as opposed to the word WARNING, or CAUTION. This alone should tell us something.
Obvious odors are present which is eh first "red flag".
Additional MSDS information is listed below each. Both are similar but some differences.

DAMAR VARNISH:

Health Hazards Acute And Chronic
CAUSES HEADACHE & NAUSEA. IRRITATING TO SKIN & EYES. HARMFUL/FATAL IF SWALLOWED.

Signs And Symptoms Of Overexposure
CAUSES HEADACHE & NAUSEA. IRRITATING TO SKIN & EYES. HARMFUL/FATAL IF SWALLOWED.

First Aid Information
EYES: WASH W/WATER FOR 15 MINS.
SKIN: WASH W/SOAP & WATER.
INHALATION: REMOVE TO FRESH AIR.
INGESTION: DON'T INDUCE VOMITING. GIVE WATER TO DRINK. OBTAIN MEDICAL ATTENTION IN ALL CASES.

Other Precautions
AVOID PROLONGED CONTACT W/SKIN & BREATHING VAPORS/SPRAYMIST. USE W/ADEQUATE VENTILATION. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. KEEP AWAYFROM HEAT & FLAME. CAUTION CONTAINS TURPENTINE.


RETOUCH VARNISH:

Health Hazards Acute And Chronic

HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF VAPOR MAY BE IRRITATING TO EYES & RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS, NAUSEA & SICKNESS. CONTACT W/SKIN MAY CAUSE IRRITATION. HARMFUL/FATAL IF SWALLOWED.

Signs And Symptoms Of Overexposure

HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF VAPOR MAY BE IRRITATING TO EYES & RESPIRATORY SYSTEM. MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS, NAUSEA & SICKNESS. CONTACT W/SKIN MAY CAUSE IRRITATION. HARMFUL/FATAL IF SWALLOWED.

First Aid information
EYES: WASH OUT W/WATER FOR 15 MINS. SKIN: WASH W/SOAP & WATER.
INHALATION: REMOVE TO FRESH AIR. IF PERSON OR PERSONS ARE UNCONSCIOUS, ROLL OVER, SO THEY ARE FACE DOWN.
INGESTION: DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. GIVE WATER TO DRINK. OBTAIN MEDICAL ATTENTION IN ALL CASES.

Other Precautions

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
CAUTION CONTAINS PETROLEUM DISTILLATE. AVOID PROLONGED CONTACT W/SKIN & BREATHING OFVAPOR/SPRAY MIST. USE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.

These are just some examples of potentially dangerous chemicals contained in artist products. If you are interested in more in depth knowledge of the products that you are using or considering, there is a wealth of information available on the internet.
Since I've provided information on hazardous chemicals in paints and products, I feel it only fair to provide you with an alternative.
On this website, you will find paints which is made by the M. Graham company. There are full lines of Oil, Acrylic and watercolor available. M. Graham oil color
The company offers "solvent free" painting. By the use of Walnut oil in the oil paints and also state that this can be used as medium, along with Walnut Alkyd, as well as used to clean brushes. Keeping in mind that some colors may still contain pigments that could be harmful, they also offer a full disclosure of this on their website. M.Graham oil color MSDS

Another product to consider would be the Artisan water mixable oil paint made by Winsor & Newton. These paints also have a line of mediums that are available, which are specific to them. Winsor&Newton Artisan oil colors
Artisan Oil Colors are made from linseed and safflower oils that have been modified to create a stable, workable emulsion when water is added.
The link below will take you a webpage that offers a non toxic "natural" choice to traditional turpentine.
http://www.artsupply.com/weber/turpenoid.htm.
Natural Turpenoid is manufactured by Martin F. Weber, and is an extremely effective non-toxic brush cleaner and gentle brush conditioner, which rinses out with plain water. Brushes are reconditioned when cleaned with Turpenoid, Natural. It is non-flammable, does not irritate skin or eyes and does not emit harmful vapors. It is an effective painting medium when used within recommended guidelines. Not recommended with Damar Varnish or crystals.
A safer alternative to oil paints are acrylic. While some might contain hazardous chemicals, the majority, do not. Always look for a "hue" of specific cadmium or cobalt colors if you would prefer a safer version of it.
I have said before that I wish not to cause alarm and panic, but provide information. One could liken the hazardous chemicals in paints to cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drugs or even an unhealthy diet. I've heard it said, "too much of anything can't be good for you." (except for maybe happiness).
It is, in the end, a choice, and one that is up to you. People choose what they will and I guess for me, it comes down to being informed about the choices I make.
Sometimes, there are no "good" answers, but the lesser of (sometime, necessary) evils, so to speak.
As a whole the world is moving towards a safer and environmental friendly atmosphere, which I believe that had the "old masters" had the safer alternatives, they, or at least some, would have embraced them.


THE ENVIRONMENT.

I would like to take the opportunity to briefly mention our environment, though I could speak in length about it. As we all know there is great concern about the ozone layer and the glaciers melting. But what can one person do? You have a responsibility to your self and your immediate environment, those around you, animals included.
I guess it could start with the disposal of even the water that you used to clean your brushes, pallets, etc. Where does it go? Down the drain isn't the best course of action unless the manufacturer dictates it as a safe way to discard it.
It doesn't seem like a huge deal, to just do it once, or twice, "who cares?", to just dump whatever it is down the drain. Just remember that it could be sent back to your faucets. I would suggest contacting the waste department in your city, or waste contractors to see the special requirements of disposal. This quote comes directly from the MSDS of a lead, containing product.
"Dispose of this material and its container to hazardous or special waste collection point."
The Golden Paint Company has an impressive sense of social responsibility, when it comes to our environment. If for no other reason than this, I would recommend that you click here and look at what and how they are doing their part to recycle, and manage waste.
While other manufacturers have a paragraph or so, Golden offers more than just obligatory statements.
I would hope for more companies to follow in this direction.
If a manufacturer does not have a full disclosure of chemicals and or ingredients, which they should, posted on their web site, or in some tangible form for the public, you might want to steer clear of that product all together.
Every manufacturer's website that I've been to have provided at least an MSDS of their product(s). Provided that the product(s) are hazardous or contain hazardous materials.
I said it at the beginning and will say again, this is a very basic foundation designed with you in mind. If you would like more in depth information, go to the source. Sometimes you might find more than what is offered on the package.
As vast as the internet is, there are many excellent resources and sites dedicated to "saving the environment", or at least slowing the decay a bit, and or recycling.
Some manufacturers even have a special section on their websites for just this thing.
I think of it like this. I am only one person, but YOU and I make two, and slowly it will build. No ONE can save world, but hopefully, we as society will start to become more conscious of the way live, dispose of and create.
We are a society of consumers and we consume and dispose of more than accumulate and create when it comes to our natural resources.


If you've read all the way to here, be safe, keep on creating, and thanx.