In light of Easter being round the corner, it seems like a great time to envision the benefits of egg and paint.
The multi-billion paint industry is slowly moving towards more environmentally-friendly options. From cutting down on volatile organic compounds and eliminating heavy metals like lead as well as attempting to make paint smell better, these are positive steps away from disastrously harming the environment. This is not to say that more can’t be done.
Four students from Woodlands Secondary School in Singapore partnered with Nippon paint and found an alternative way to create environmentally friendly paint, made from egg and clam shells. These teens discovered that by extracting calcium carbonate from the shells, they can eliminate the need for mining and quarrying, thereby making the earth greener in a multitude of ways – from reducing waste to leaving Mother Nature untouched.
Adding to the victory for these youths, their invention underwent some tests and the results reveal that they are comparable to normal paint. This winning team won an award at the Green Wave Environment Care Competition held by Sembawang Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine. It’s lovely rooting for the underdogs, it’s even better when they are under 15 years old and still in school. Innovative breakthroughs know no bounds.
It is not yet known if this new means of extraction will make it to the masses, but even if it does, it would take at least a few years before a significant amount of paint made from shells would be available in the market. In the meantime, there is an alternative and incredibly simple way to make an eco-friendly impact: paint rooftops white.
White Roof Project
According to whiteroofproject.org, painting roofs white would reflect up to 90% of sunlight, reducing temperatures within and without the building, thereby also reducing the energy needed to cool the interior of a building. This is especially beneficial in a country along the equator like Sunny Singapore, where the island is filled with rows of malls, offices and residential areas that is dependent on air-conditioners.
The White Roof Project released an Infographic back in 2010 that further explains the vast benefits of a clean white roof. In December 2011, the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Energy Working Group released a report entitled ‘Cool Roofs in APEC Economies: Review of Experience, Best Practices and Potential Benefits‘ that support the White Roof Project’s movement.
So, it’s time to embrace white roofs and turn the world green again with an easy stroke of the brush.
Featured Image (Coloured Eggs): http://www.sxc.hu/photo/833762