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Midas Earthcote Project: Greening the Park

21 May

MIDAS PROJECT: Greening Radisson Park Inn

The new Park Inn by Radisson on Cape Town’s Foreshore is conveniently located for delegates attending events at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Given the location, guests can also walk to the V&A Waterfront and business travelers are in walking distance to a number of corporate headquarters. This contemporary hotel is as modern and luxurious as it is practical and convenient. It was important that the finishes be chosen to match the modern, innovation led approach. The project was a revamp of a period building and certain old walls needed careful finishing.

Midas Earthcote Project: Greening Radisson Park Inn

Radisson Park Inn

The Park Inn hotel by Radisson

As with any leisure or hospitality project, constant occupancy and guest comfort is key. The hotel needed to be guest-friendly and habitable as soon as possible after painting, so fume-free paints and finishes were called for. Midas was responsible for supplying paint – environmentally friendly Midas Earthcote DTE Matt, a Zero VOC formulation. This is known to be better for people who suffer from chemical sensitivities, better for paint crews working on the project and better for the planet.

The architect responsible was Paul Luck of Lightspace Architects. “The Park Inn hotel brand is one which incorporates bold colours in much of its branding and general hotel operating equipment, such as their logo signage, uniforms, and décor accents”, said Paul Luck. “The brief was to incorporate bold flashes of colour to reflect the brand identity. We used Midas Earthcote colour in certain areas to offset from the general tones of whites and greys.”

From an aesthetic point of view, the architects wanted to avoid sheen finishes on walls, as they tend to highlight poor plasterwork and detract from the quality of the furnishings. “The reflections on the wall surface become the feature, and when this is not even or consistent, the effect looks disturbing. We chose Midas Earthcote’s DTE Matt to give a gentle, even backdrop for our features, whilst offering an easily maintainable surface,” said Paul.

The eco formulation was the clincher. “If we do not change our thinking, this earth will stand no chance. We endeavour to specify ‘sustainable’ products and construction techniques wherever possible, as part of our commitment to the planet.”

MIDAS EARTHCOTE DTE MATT: A Zero VOC water-based ultra matt formulation that minimizes light reflection on walls, whilst limiting environmental impact. Better for air quality, Midas Earthcote Zero VOC acrylic does not contain those raw materials in paint that are potentially harmful to human health. It is also free from Glycol, Formaldehyde and APEO.

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ENVIROLITE: Zero VOC Environmentally Friendly Paint

16 May

ENVIROLITE: Water-based, zero VOC & reduced VOC paint product range

Glycol, APEO and Formaldehyde and the less favourable ingredients of paint, which we aim to completely eliminate in time. These substances are conventionally used as paint drying time retarders, preservatives and stabilisers. The Envirolite environmentally friendly paint range has been reformulated without these potentially hazardous chemical ingredients. Currently, many Envirolite products either have reduced VOCs or are ZERO VOC.

Envirolite: Environmentally Friendly Paint Range

Envirolite: Environmentally Friendly Paint

Envirolite is able to maintain its low VOC content by making use of Glycol-free colourants, which helps to significantly reduce possible health hazards of paint. Envirolite has been given a “Green Star” rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa and is already way ahead of international standards.

The entire product range at Midas is called Envirolite. Each and every one of these products are vetted through the green filter. Paint & Place stores throughout South Africa provide these green filters, which can be used to evaluate your paint before purchase.

Every tin of Envirolite will have a label on it stipulating whether the paint contains Zero VOC, Minimal VOC, Low VOC or Medium VOC, allowing you to make an environmentally conscious choice. Lookout for these on your next visit. To find a Paint & Place store near you, try using our Store Locator.

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Low VOC Envirolite Paint

23 Jan

What’s in a tin of Envirolite?

EVERY coating in the Envirolite range is rated according to its VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content, based both on international standards and our own stringent standards.

GOOD, BETTER, BEST: HOW DO ENVIROLITE PAINTS STACK UP?

VOC Markers

Envirolite Paint Markers

ZERO VOC: NO GLYCOL, APEO OR FORMALDEHYE

  • 230 (SATIN)
  • 240 (LOW SHEEN)
  • 190, 200 & 225 (MATT)
  • WATER-BASED SATIN GLOSS ENAMEL

MIN VOC: NO GLYCOL, APEO OR FORMALDEHYE

  • METAL PRIMER
  • WOOD PRIMER

LOW VOC: NO GLYCOL, APEO OR FORMALDEHYE

  • WATER-BASED MASONRY PRIMER

MED VOC

  • FRESCO

NOTE: This is an abridged Envirolite product list. Please refer to our comprehensive list of Envirolite products and ratings.

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The Green Filter Paint Evaluator

21 Dec

GREEN FILTER: Evaluating the VOC content of your paint

AS part of the new Green Revolution, it’s become increasingly important to rethink all aspects of how we choose to live. This includes evaluating how we choose to paint our homes.

Conventional paint contains some nasty stuff – chemicals that are damaging to the environment and to our health. Glycol, APEO and Formaldehyde are all potentially hazardous chemical ingredients that are conventionally used as drying time retarders, preservatives and stabilisers.

These chemicals are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can be irritating to the eyes and nose and damaging to the lungs. They also contribute to poor air quality.

The entire product range at Midas is called Envirolite. Each and every one of these products are vetted through the green filter. Paint & Place stores throughout South Africa provide these green filters, which can be used to evaluate your paint before purchase.

Every tin of Paint & Place paint will have a label on it stipulating whether the paint contains Zero VOC, Minimal VOC, Low VOC or Medium VOC, allowing you to make an environmentally conscious choice. Lookout for these on your next visit. To find a Paint & Place near you, try using our Store Locator.

The Green Filter: VOC Paint Evaluator

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Envirolite: Environmentally Conscious Painting

13 Dec

ENVIROLITE: Low VOC Paint

THERE is something really pleasing about the smell of a fresh coat of paint. However, this fresh paint odour is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can be irritating to the eyes and nose and damaging to the lungs. They also contribute to poor air quality.

Midas Earthcote has made strong efforts to reduce the effect that their coatings have on both indoor and outdoor air quality. They have reduced the VOC content of their paint significantly and made it available to consumers as Envirolite.

Midas Paints adopts the EU standard which defines a Volatile Organic Compound as any carbon-based substance with a boiling point of 250º C. Envirolite is leading the paint industry in reducing volatile organic compounds and even offers some products that contain zero VOC, which don’t cost any more than conventional paint.

Envirolite 220The nasty chemical that makes paint harmful to our environments is Glycol. Most colourants contain Glycol, which is considered to be 100% VOC. For this reason it should always be ascertained whether the VOC stated is for white or colour-tinted products.

Most manufacturers only stipulate the VOC content of their white paint. Earthcote and Midas Paints have access to colourants that are not only Glycol, APEO, Formaldehyde and Lead free but are also certified Zero VOC. Most Envirolite topcoats are Zero VOC.

Besides having reduced or Zero VOCs, many of the Envirolite products have also been reformulated without these potentially hazardous chemical ingredients that are conventionally used as drying time retarders, preservatives and stabilisers.

Envirolite is able to maintain its low VOC content by making use of Glycol-free colourants, which helps to significantly reduce possible health hazards of paint. Envirolite has been given a “Green Star” rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa and is already way ahead of international standards.

  • Every coating in the Envirolite range is rated according to its VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content, based both on international standards and our own stringent standards. Every tin of Envirolite is clearly marked – indicating its VOC content.

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