Air-purifying paints can play a small but significant role for designers, brands, and specifiers in the hospitality industry seeking innovative and sustainable product solutions required to reach net-zero goals.
Whilst paint as a source of saving carbon may not be the first product that springs to mind, specifying Graphenstone’s certified ultra-low CO2(e) coatings significantly reduces the carbon footprint, relative to traditional plastic-based paints. The company’s clean-tech and innovative coatings are revolutionising the paint industry with surprisingly significant CO2 and CO2(e) saving benefits for architects, developers and interior designers relative to other mainstream synthetic paint brands.
Combined with natural minerals, Graphenstone lime-based paints present exceptional photocatalytic capabilities, breaking down harmful emissions and helping clean and purify indoor air to benefit all inhabitants. These unique pure lime ranges offer a remarkable CO2 absorption benefit during a 30-day curing process, capturing CO2 in volume from the surrounding environment (as much as 5 Kg’s per 15-litre pot).
Graphenstone ultra low VOC paints (Trace Level only) are BREAM, WELL, and LEED compliant, earning valuable points towards building and project certifications. In addition, Graphenstone offers a uniquely broad range of globally recognised independent harm-free certifications: Cradle to Cradle, Global Green Tag, Eurofins, Air Comfort Gold, and many others, ensuring product adherence that meets the strict criteria for sustainability, health, and well-being.
Graphenstone UK founder Patrick Folkes says, “We know that there is a direct link between the quality of the air that we breathe and our health, particularly in built-up cities. The interest in low-embedded carbon, healthy, and clean-tech paints has rapidly increased since the pandemic, which saw a sharp increase in respiratory-related health issues. Our paints help improve indoor air quality, and thanks to a high PH level, these coatings also prevent the appearance of mould and fungus and feature no smell immediately after application.
Graphenstone’s extremely low carbon, clean manufacturing process, is as important to us as the selection of ingredients that they contain. This approach sets us apart from those companies offering coatings with very high levels of petrochemical-based ingredients. Thanks to our unique ingredient, ‘Graphene’, our products also offer Class 1 strength ‘wet-rub’ test characteristic, highly unusual for a mineral-based product, which are typically Class 2 or 3. This means that our coatings are highly washable and durable, with less cracking and lower requirements for maintenance, a perfect partner for the hospitality industry.”