WHY PAINT COMPANIES NEED TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY MINDFUL

In recent years, driven by consumer demand, public feeling, and well-publicized regulatory actions by governments around the world, society has become increasingly aware of the potential impact of industry on the environment and human health. So, along with other businesses, paint and coatings manufacturers are being held accountable for the effects of their actions and products on humanity and Earth’s ecosystem. Combined with a sincere concern on the part of many paint companies, this situation has led to an array of new projects aimed at enhancing environmental health by developing more eco-friendly products.

In light of this trend and the possible climate change crisis, paint manufacturers need to remain especially mindful of their responsibility to the planet because of all the chemically-based products on the market, paints, lacquers, and varnishes have some of the most powerful effects on Earth’s ecosystem and the public health. Solvents, styrene, softening agents, and biocides (poisonous substances that kill life forms) are just a few of the many ingredients in paints that pose serious ecological and toxicological risks during their production, application, use, and eventual disposal. These risks involve both indoor and natural environments and should be considered by all paint companies when formulating their products.

Air Pollution

For example, solvent-based paints are major sources of air pollution in homes and other structures, with indoor air being typically two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors and in some cases even 100 times more. Overall, residents of the US spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the effects of conventional paints can turn the air into a toxic chemical stew. Even years after they have dried, paints continue to emit petroleum-based solvents known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they cure. Emissions studies conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the state of California show that surface coatings such as paints are responsible for 9% of all VOC emissions. Thus, the EPA includes indoor air, which typically contains vast amounts of VOCs produced by paint, on its list of top-five environmental hazards.

Indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to factors such as increasingly energy-efficient building construction methods (when the structures lack enough ventilation to ensure sufficient air exchange), and the expanded use of synthetic building materials, home furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. In addition, those who are most susceptible to the harmful effects of air pollution (e.g., young children, older adults, and people with cardiovascular or respiratory issues) tend to spend even more time indoors than the US average of 90%.

VOC Emissions from Architectural Painting Projects

In addition, studies have shown that the cumulative VOC emissions from architectural painting projects exceed the combined emissions from a variety of other industrial operations. On the global level, VOCs from solvent and paint emissions contribute to the formation of harmful ozone and the potent pollutants known as peroxyacetyl nitrates (PANs) in the atmosphere. PANs are widely recognized to be respiratory and eye irritants, phytotoxins (substances that are toxic to the growth of plants), and bacterial mutagens (substances that cause genetic mutations in bacteria). However, the most severe biological effects of PANs are their phytotoxic quality, which results in injury to all forms of plant life.

VOCs from Waste Materials

According to the EPA, another major source of VOCs and other environmental toxins is the waste generated at paint manufacturing facilities, where the following are the main offenders: equipment cleaning, spills, high-pressure cleaning of floors with water and/or chemicals, off-specification paints, bags, and packing materials, atmospheric emissions, filter cartridges, out-of-date products, and customer returns. In recent years, the paint and coatings industry has worked diligently to address issues related to almost all of these areas. The success of these efforts has been noted by many environmental watchdog groups, which maintain that while there is still much room for improvement, paint and coatings producers are making strides toward lessening their impact on the planet.

And as a response to the environmental and health concerns voiced by government agencies, environmental groups, and the public, some paint manufacturers are now offering eco-friendly alternatives in their product lines. In other words, driven by consumer demand and regulatory pressure, paint and coating formulators, along with makers of chemical additives for these materials, are starting to make products with improved environmental and health performance.

Modern paints and coatings are complex mixtures of film-forming ingredients, fillers, pigments, and a variety of additives. Many of the chemicals customarily used as paint and coating ingredients pose significant risks to the ecosystem and human health. However, as mentioned, prompted by ever-increasing governmental regulations and growing user demand for healthy, sustainable products, the paint, and coatings industry has begun to supply new lines with notably improved environmental and health properties. And thanks to a continued focus on research and innovation, many of these newer eco-friendly paints and coatings have achieved equal status with conventional products in terms of performance, ease of application, and durability.

This development began with manufacturers’ efforts to comply with government safety and health regulations, but now, consumers, contractors, and building managers are becoming more and more conscious of the social and environmental impacts of the products they use and are demanding paints and coatings that have reduced environmental footprints and better health effects. In general, the advances in paint and coating technology related to environmental impact have come as a result of several factors, including the development of better formulation technologies and the availability of new additives. Thus, the current state of eco-friendly paint manufacturing is a result of the gradual buildup of many minor innovations that have grown into major advances in the environmentally sound production and use of paints.

Over the past decade, the manufacture of eco-friendly paints and coatings has grown significantly, and this technological achievement has been accelerated by advances in performance capabilities and reductions in VOC-producing ingredients. The main focus in developing new coatings for both architectural and industrial applications has been on technology that allows for maximum performance while still meeting stringent VOC and emissions requirements.

In addition to paint formulators developing better methods for combining paint components, the companies supplying them are also now looking for ways to provide more environmentally sustainable chemicals to use in their formulations. And many paint companies, such as ReMARKable, are encouraging suppliers to engage in even more sustainable production practices to help reduce the effects of climate change.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

Thus, the constituents of paint have impacts on environmental and social responsibility that go beyond just unpleasant odors and VOCs. And whether their clients believe in the reality of climate change or not, all paint companies need to change their focus toward manufacturing products that fall within environmental safety standards. Green endorsement programs such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used rating system for eco-friendly construction, provide a framework that building project groups can apply to create healthful, highly efficient, cost-effective green structures. This is especially important today, because, as discussed above, of all chemically-based products on the market, paints, lacquers, and varnishes are among the most potentially damaging to the public health and Earth’s precious ecosystem.

ReMARKable WhiteBoard Paint products have been compliance tested meeting or exceeding CDPH/EHLB/Standard Method V1.2-2017. Our formulas are low in volatile organic compounds and odors, meaning that virtually no harmful chemicals or fumes enter the atmosphere during their production, application, and use. Thus, ReMARKable is extremely kind to the environment and provides an example for other paint manufacturers to follow in the industry’s efforts to meet growing consumer demand and government regulations on environmentally safe paints and coatings. The company’s compliance with LEED standards shows that the private sector can have a genuinely positive impact in addressing the world’s greatest health and environmental challenges without having to sacrifice the pursuit of success in the process.

HOW TO MARKET YOUR PAINTING BUSINESS IN THE COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT

Marketing Your Painting Business in the COVID-19 Environment

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has caused major transformations in businesses and industries around the world. The need to adapt to the changing times has affected virtually every sector of the global economy. In the case of commercial and residential painting contractors, the current environment offers many new and unforeseen opportunities to enhance company growth, brand recognition, and profits despite the hurdles faced in dealing with a slower economy, social distancing, the need to wear protective masks, and other issues. The following information is designed to help commercial and residential painting contractors market their businesses, preserve or improve their profit margins, and represent their companies as safe, reliable options for businesses, organizations, and private individuals to hire in the current COVID-19 environment.

Build strong brand awareness of your company among consumers

Develop a brand that leaves an indelible impression in the minds of potential customers. In doing so, make certain that your brand clearly reflects your personal values and shows consumers your company’s most winning attributes, such as a strong emphasis on following health and safety regulations in the current global environment. Creating a clearly defined character for your business through well-thought-out brand development will allow your clients to connect and engage with you and your staff and gain a sense of loyalty to your brand. The more consumers become conscious of your brand, the better they will understand your pricing structure, the quality of your work, your emphasis on health and safety, and the personal values that provide the foundation of your operation. In the process, they’ll feel more attracted to your brand and become eager to do business with you.

The level of loyalty shown by customers grows with a brand’s increasing age. So, if your company is relatively new to the market, you’ll need to persuade consumers that your business has much more to offer than your competitors in terms of quality of service, reliability, competitive pricing, and other factors that relate to your specific market demographic. And even if your business has been around for a while, your company will reap abundant rewards if you work to build up consumer recognition of your existing brand.

Instead of just being a logo, a color scheme, or a cover photo on Facebook, a brand represents the way you make your clients feel about your business, and it is developed by using a uniform approach in all the contacts customers make with your company. That being said, you do also need to make sure that you have a consistent and eye-catching logo, a pleasing color scheme, an engaging bio, a standard text or boilerplate, and an easily recognized company name. Some businesses like to alter their logo’s style slightly to suit the characteristics of different networks, depending on the size of the given photo space and the concerns of the specific audiences they’re trying to reach. Whatever you choose to do in this respect, the most important element is to ensure that all of your company’s profiles have a common theme that consumers can always identify as relating specifically to your brand.

The process of building your own brand involves the following basic steps:
Carefully study your target audience and competition.
Determine your brand’s main focus and personality or character.
Select a name for your business that’s easy to recognize and remember.
Create a catchy and upbeat company slogan.
Decide on your brand’s appearance (colors and font).
Design your brand logo so as to be both memorable and attractive.
Apply your branding throughout all the phases of your business.

Produce a well-written and highly informative blog

Another one of the most effective methods for building brand identity is maintaining a blog, which provides a focal point for you to give consumers advice, tools, and information related to your field and business. Keeping a blog also has the advantage of increasing your rank on search engines. A well-written and informative business blog can enhance your image as a trustworthy brand and also provide an effective approach that employs content marketing to expand your brand’s online presence.

Produce instructional videos to post on your website and on social media

As the acceptance and use of online video grow worldwide, companies need to create a well-defined strategy for conducting video marketing, especially in the realm of social media. Generating your own attention-grabbing, high-quality video content is the ideal means to stay relevant in the increasingly competitive paint-contracting market. The recent upsurge in new video platforms and formats like IGTV, Vimeo, and TikTok offers vast untapped opportunities for building your brand. In your videos, you can introduce viewers to cutting-edge services that you offer, such as the installation of top-quality whiteboard coated walls in all types of settings.

Contribute to internet forums to engage with current and potential customers

Join forums and tell your company’s story – who founded it, where and how it began, your plans for future growth, and so on. Discuss your company’s values and policies both in the forums and on the ‘About Us’ page of your company website. By implementing this strategy, you can help to present yourself and your business as an efficient and highly conscientious agency through which customers can get their painting work done safely and professionally during the challenging COVID-19 period.

Other ways to improve your marketing strategy

Painting contractors face intense competition in promoting their businesses these days when online marketing is no longer just an option but a vital necessity, and simply having a company website is not enough. It’s now necessary for businesses to have a broad social media presence, create persuasive ad campaigns, and have an effective long-term online advertising scheme. Moreover, in the Covid-19 context, you’ll have to adjust your normal approach to online marketing. Since the pandemic began, online platforms have seen a sharp increase in traffic and sales. You can take advantage of this trend by doing the following.
1. Expand and enhance your existing high-performing ads.
2. Find new sales leads and expand your present email marketing list.
3. Generate new ads for your business and enlarge the size of your target audience.
4. Publish strongly positive customer reviews about your brand.

Conduct an in-depth analysis of your competition

To survive as a company, the quality and service provided by your painting business need to be superior to that of your competitors. Take advantage of the Covid-19 situation to check out what your competitors are doing to adjust to the changing times. All you need to do is search online for painting companies in your area. Then carefully examine their websites to determine what they’re doing that differs from your approach, and feel free to improve and expand on their methods in terms of pricing, services, products, and marketing strategies such as branding.

Choose a niche market and become a specialist in that area

To set yourself apart from the rest of the pack, you need to become the best and most unique brand among the many painting companies operating in your area. And one way to do so is to become a specialist. The various types of painting jobs generally available include interiors, exteriors, private buildings, office buildings, and others. After studying the varieties of work that your competitors are doing, you can choose a specific painting niche among the many categories available. You may specialize, for instance, in installing dry erase coatings in both commercial and residential structures. There may be as few as 1,000 local jobs open in this specialized corner of the market. However, there are probably no more than a couple of contractors offering such a painting service in your area. So, the odds of your being hired are good, especially during the current COVID-19 era, when many people are working and teaching at home, and high-quality whiteboard walls in private residences are growing rapidly in use and popularity.

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DRY ERASE WALL QUOTES FOR AUGUST 2021 BY REMARKABLE WHITEBOARD PAINT

August: A Month of Warmth and Happiness

The name for the month of August comes from the Latin surname “Augustus,” meaning “consecrated” or “venerable.” According to the Gregorian calendar used in most parts of the world, August is the eighth month of the year. When August begins, and we race toward autumn, we feel a range of emotions from joy over childhood memories to nostalgia about more recent summers to enthusiasm about our plans for the upcoming seasons. Thoughts on August and the end of summertime often have a bittersweet quality. Below is a collection of quotes that reflect an array of ideas and emotions about August, offering inspiration to elevate your mood and kindle some happiness as you take pleasure in this time before fall begins. Post a quote or two on your dry erase wall every day or once a week to help you and your loved ones in the home office or home school feel more motivated for your daily tasks.

The Love of August

1. “I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know.”
– Tove Jansson (Finnish author, painter, and comic strip writer)

2. “August still stretched before us — long and golden and reassuring, like an endless period of delicious sleep.”
– Lauren Oliver (US author)

3. “Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August.”
– Denise Levertov (British-American poet)

4. “Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
– Jenny Han (US author)

5. “The seasons between spring and autumn, comprising in the Northern Hemisphere, the warmest months of the year: June, July, and August — the period of finest development, perfection, or beauty previous to any decline; the summer of life.”
– Cecelia Ahern (Irish novelist)

6. “The west coast of Corsica on a boat in August is probably as beautiful as it gets.”
– Antoine Arnault (French businessman)

7. “Take me to that island where people celebrate in the streets in August. Take me to Barbados.”
– Charmaine J. Forde (US writer and philanthropist)

Nature in August

8. “This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realize that it is August: the summer’s last stand.”
– Sara Baume (Irish novelist), A Line Made by Walking

9. “August rain: The best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
– Sylvia Plath

10. “Did you know that around the tenth of August, any year, you can look up in the sky at night and see dozens and dozens of shooting stars?”
– Elizabeth Enright (US writer), Then There Were Five

11. “August of another summer, and once again, I am drinking the sun, and the lilies again are spread across the water.”
– Mary Oliver (US poet)

12. “August is ripening grain in the fields. Vivid dahlias fling huge tousled blossoms through gardens and joe pye weed dusts the meadow purple.”
– Jean Hersey (US author)

13. “August was nearly over — the month of apples and falling stars, the last care-free month for the school children.”
– Victor Nekrasov (Russian writer)

14. “August is the month of the high-sailing hawks. The hen hawk is the most noticeable. He is a bird of leisure and seems always at his ease.”
– John Burroughs (US naturalist)

15. “It’s part of the American experience: We deal with mosquitoes in August.”
– Monica Hesse (US author)

16. “It was August, and the fields were high with corn.”
– Melanie Gideon (US author)

17. “Today is the first of August. It is hot, steamy, and wet. It is raining. I am tempted to write a poem.”
– Sylvia Plath (US poet)

18. “August is a great month in the garden, with many flowers, including dahlias, sunflowers and other hot-colored blooms at their peak.”
– BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

19. “The brilliant poppy flaunts her head Amidst the ripening grain, And adds her voice to sell the song That August’s here again.”
– Helen Winslow (US editor and author)

20. “In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.”
– Henry David Thoreau (US naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher

21. “I love the little garden in the back of my family’s brownstone in Brooklyn. Digging out there in the dirt is a joy for me, although by the time August rolls around and my roses have black spot, I need the break winter provides.”
– Siri Hustvedt (US novelist)

Insights on August

22. “August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer.”
– Henry Rollins (US singer)

23. “There is something about August that feels bittersweet. Each sunrise comes a little later. Some nights are cooler. You realize this time of the year is ending, and you wish for just a little more time to savor the days of early morning light and the evenings of lingering dusk.”
– Julie Hage (US writer and blogger)

24. “Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.”
– Kent Nerburn (US author)

25. “August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades, the final moments of fun before the freeze. In the winter, everything changes.”
– Rasmenia Massoud (US author)

26. “August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.”
– Joseph Wood Krutch (US writer and naturalist)

27. “When summer opens, I see how fast it matures and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (US essayist, philosopher, and poet)

28. “The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.”
– Sue Monk Kidd (US writer)

29. “Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July.”
– Rick Bass (US writer)

30. “That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice.”
– Garth Brooks (US singer-songwriter)

31. “One evening in August, you have an errand outdoors, and all of a sudden, it’s pitch-black. It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive.”
– Tove Jansson (Finnish author, painter, and comic strip writer)

32. “But I can see us lost in the memory, August slipped away into a moment in time.”
– Taylor Swift (US singer-songwriter), ‘August’

33. “In August, an inescapable blanket of heat settled over Paducah, the last gasping breath of summer roaring its weight out over the populace.”
– Kelsey Brickl (US linguist)

34. “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.”
– Natalie Babbitt (US writer of children’s books)

35. “Caught in the doldrums of August, we may have regretted the departing summer.”
– Denis Mackail (English novelist)

36. “Leaving any bookstore is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch.”
– Jane Smiley (US novelist)

37. “It is best to be born in April or August when the life-giving Sun is in its exaltation. For then we enter the sea of life on the crest-wave and are backed in the battle of existence by an abundant fund of vim and energy.”
– Max Heindel (Danish-American astrologer)

38. “August is a gentle reminder for not doing a single thing from your New Year resolution for seven months and not doing it for the next five.”
– Crestless Wave (aka Anjit Sharma – Indian writer)

39. “Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer.
– Jenny Han (US writer)

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WORKING WHITEBOARD WALL – THE FOUNDATION OF A WELL-EQUIPPED HOME OFFICE

Working Whiteboard Wall: The Foundation of a Well-equipped Home Office
Working walls, also known as research walls, inspiration boards, research boards, design walls, and ideation walls, are large vertical surfaces used for displaying information, projects, actions, decisions, and ideas so as to enhance the thinking processes of individuals or teams in business, design, science, and other fields. The core notion underlying working walls is that physically placing sources of inspiration and work in progress in public view and engaging with them can help team members rearrange and expand their ideas and so come up with groundbreaking insights. In the design field, working whiteboard walls have also been called “artful surfaces” that externalize work-related activities to support designers’ day-to-day ways of working and thinking.

Types of Working Whiteboard Walls

Among the various types of working whiteboard walls are the following.
1. Ideation Walls
Ideation walls help in simplifying each stage of a process or plan and in promoting creative thought. They also assist teams in developing a focused approach to a problem or project by allowing them to display and study large amounts of information at once and keep track of changes in data and ideas.
2. Project Walls
Project walls are excellent for displaying information and images. With respect to reaching due dates, maintaining the flow of a project’s essential parameters, and assessing work in progress, it is crucial to make the information as visible as possible so teams can stay united in their efforts and aware of exactly what’s going on at any given moment and what might be happening next.
3. Roadmap Walls
Roadmap walls provide an ideal way to represent processes or successions of elements in ongoing projects, especially those that extend over long periods. They offer a way to identify difficulties and opportunities that arise throughout a project’s progression.

The Functions of Working Whiteboard Walls

Working whiteboard walls keep teams motivated in order to reach collective goals, and encourage others to learn, give feedback and share insights and information through visuals. These powerful thinking tools originated in the design field and were later adopted for use in classrooms, business offices, research labs, and other settings. Working Whiteboard Walls can accelerate and stimulate each stage of the thinking process and offer unique benefits that encourage highly creative thought.

The walls can help colleagues empathize with and get feedback from one another and from clients; bring focus to a large quantity of information; encapsulate the thought-generating process; display low-fidelity trial products and prototypes that teams and users can interact with, and keep a record of how creative ideas emerge and are tested over time.

These wall-sized displays on vertical surfaces can thus be used to stimulate user collaboration, allowing for easy visualization and making them especially useful for projects such as consumer research. Working walls are graphic media that assist in the attainment of goals and targets and the development of ideas. To support the growth of these ideas, the content of a working wall changes frequently, thus empowering and driving creative teamwork.

Whiteboard walls used as working walls are eco-friendly

But how can working walls be adapted for use in today’s ever-growing number of work-from-home environments? One highly practical, eco-friendly, and cost-effective way is to install a top-quality whiteboard coated wall, a large, durable, and easy-to-use writing and drawing surface that can make an effective working whiteboard wall without having to mount a tack board, which is the most common surface used to create working walls. Such boards are limited in size and, when made of cork, deteriorate from users continually inserting and removing push pins and thumbtacks over time. Also, cork is a plant-based product derived from tree bark and thus has natural defects, grooves, and cracks that can make the surfaces of conventional working walls uneven and may shorten their lifespans.

By comparison, high-quality eco-friendly whiteboard coated walls are exceptionally smooth and durable, and unlike cork-covered tack boards, can be written and drawn on and easily erased for ten-plus years of normal use. Every square inch of wall space in your home office provides a chance for you to be creative and to encourage yourself and your virtual team members to engage in productive interactions and joint decision-making through the use of a whiteboard coated wall, which can also function as a working wall.

Another material used for making tack boards is fabric-backed vinyl. Although more durable than cork, this product is non-eco-friendly, as one of its major components is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is considered the most environmentally damaging form of plastic being produced today. The process of manufacturing vinyl has significant ecological impacts, as it involves producing the gas vinyl chloride, the building block of PVC, which is known to cause cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that containment of vinyl chloride at plants where it’s made is often inadequate, so the gas sometimes escapes into the surrounding air, water, and soil, causing a serious threat to plants, animals, and humans.

Also, because of the vinyl chloride and other ingredients used in its manufacture, vinyl emits hazardous volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) into the air for a period after installation. These toxic substances reduce the air quality in the immediate environment and can cause respiratory problems for those nearby. Thus, using a vinyl-covered tack board as a working wall can make the work-from-home office space a toxic environment, especially for those with sensitive respiratory systems.

Whiteboard walls eliminate the need to use strings for connecting items

With traditional working walls that consist of cork or vinyl tack boards, users in business offices, schools, police departments, and other settings typically pin or tack pieces of paper with relevant textual data, sketches, maps, and photos onto the walls. In this way, team members or students can see the various ideas, images, and bits of information involved in specific business projects, school lessons, criminal cases, and the like. Then pieces of string are often strung between the various items on the walls to show their interrelationships.

However, if a whiteboard wall is used as a working wall in the home office, there is no need to use pushpins and tacks to display items and strings to connect them. Instead, items can be hung on the wall through the use of GoodHangups, an innovative magnetic hanging system that may be used to post discussion topics, photos, maps, and other items relevant to a project being planned or executed. GoodHangups can be easily removed and reused, and they entail no drilling of holes into your wall. By using this unique system on a working whiteboard wall, you can fasten items in various places then use dry erase markers instead of string to make lines showing the connections among the items. In this way, you will avoid the hassle of having to stretch pieces of string between objects on your working wall and then having to remove and replace the strings when connections between objects change. Thus, with a whiteboard wall, each time a modification needs to be made, you can simply erase the lines you drew between items and draw new ones to reflect the new relationship.

The benefits of working whiteboard walls

The following are some of the many benefits offered by working whiteboard walls.

They provide a central reference point for presenting information. Considering the vast amount of data that emerge from team discussions during virtual meetings, it’s easy to lose track of what’s said. Thus, using a working whiteboard wall as an information hub for posting ideas, facts, and diagrams helps teams that work remotely to feel as engaged in and connected to a project as they would be in a regular office setting.

Working whiteboard walls also stimulate “outside the box” ways of thinking and thus help to generate new ideas. Coming up with innovations in project development is often challenging and requires inspiration, so you can use your wall to accelerate the ideation process, draw sketches, and create mockups that help team members make connections and produce breakthroughs.

Finally, the visual cues displayed on working whiteboard walls produce cross-contextual reminders about meaningful discussions, decisions, and thoughts that may jog the collective memory and keep you and your virtual colleagues interested and engaged in your work.

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Of the many environmental benefits of applying ReMarkable dry erase paint, one of the greatest is that it reduces the use of electronic products such as tablets and laptops, which generate an enormous quantity of waste that has devastating effects on Earth’s environment. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases year by year, solutions for its proper recycling have lagged far behind. Although it is essential to give e-waste items to a certified recycling company that meets strict requirements for handling these materials, many individuals and businesses fail to do so. Their old electronics end up in landfills, producing toxic results for our air, water, and soil. The main hazardous substances to be found in discarded electronic products are lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, yttrium, chromium, beryllium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, halogenated flame retardants, tin, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. The presence of these and other toxins in our planet’s ecosystem can be greatly reduced through the use of whiteboard-painted walls in place of electronic devices.

Huge amounts of electronic scrap

poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. Shortages in raw materials needed to make electronics have brought forth a new industry called “urban mining.”

The start of the 21st century has witnessed the generation of huge amounts of electronic scrap, whose careless recycling in both developed and developing nations poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. As more people buy electronic gadgets, manufacturers are starting to experience shortages of the raw materials needed to make their products, so reclaiming and reusing the constituents of discarded e-products, called “urban mining,” makes good financial sense. A recent study conducted in China revealed that traditional mining of copper, gold, silver, and aluminum from ore is 13 times more costly than recovering these metals through the urban mining of electronic waste.

E-waste recycling involves taking old electronic devices apart

making it an expensive undertaking. Many companies illegally export e-waste to 3rd world nations where recycling is much cheaper but more destructive to the planet.

Proper or formal e-waste recycling typically involves taking old electronic devices apart, separating and categorizing their contents by material, and then cleaning them. Items are then mechanically shredded for further sorting through the use of advanced separation equipment. Companies that perform this service must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and use pollution-control technologies that reduce the environmental and public health hazards of handling e-waste. All these procedures make formal recycling an expensive undertaking. As a result, many companies and countries illegally export their e-waste to developing nations where recycling methods are more cost-effective but also much more destructive to the planet.

In the unindustrialized nations where much of this illegal e-waste processing occurs, air pollution levels and concentrations of heavy metals are especially high around so-called “recycling plants,” as compared to other regions. These sites are typically backyard operations where impoverished local residents process the obsolete electronics by hand, separating them into parts to extract valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper before disposing of the rest in landfills. Some metals and plastics are melted down, and those materials that can’t be feasibly processed accumulate in massive dumps near inhabited places and waterways. Sometimes, toxic fumes are inhaled directly as metals from the parts are burned in open bonfires.

Air-quality in e-scrap yards have highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins known

due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

A typical site where these crude e-waste recycling methods are used is a cluster of villages in southeastern China known as the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic scrap from the United States. There local villagers remove solder from circuit boards over coal-fired grills, burn plastic casings from wires to extract the copper, silver, and mine gold by soaking computer chips in pools of hydrochloric acid. An air-quality study conducted in the area found that it had some of the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

Dioxins are found around the globe in local ecosystems, where they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. These chemicals are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, interfere with the action of hormones, and cause cancer. Due to their potentially lethal nature, prevention or reduction of human exposure is best accomplished through direct measures, such as strict control of e-waste recycling processes to reduce the production of dioxins. Another approach is the application of ReMARKable whiteboard painted walls in schools, offices, and other facilities to reduce the use of electronic devices, which are some of their main sources.

E-waste recycling is detrimental to the health of the workers

Chronic exposure to the pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals like lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood.

For the above-mentioned reasons, the current global recycling system is detrimental to the health of the workers who improperly handle e-waste without protection from dangerous materials and is also a direct cause of contamination in the surrounding environment. Chronic exposure to the atmospheric pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood and may be related to hypertension, abnormally low levels of blood oxygen, and other conditions in people working in or living near the sites. The trigger for the air-polluting effect of e-waste is the fact that when the material is heated by overexposure to the sun, for instance, these metals along with other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere, causing one of e-waste’s most harmful effects.

Lead is found in almost all Electronic devices

which are becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When lead is released into the environment near these dumpsites, it can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Regarding lead, almost all electronics contain it, and today these devices are growing in number and becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When discarded, some of our most advanced technological devices represent rapidly expanding and often unregulated exposure to this highly poisonous metal, which plagued even the ancient Romans. A University of Florida environmental scientist recently studied the ecological impact of the lead found in 12 different types of electronic items commonly discarded in landfills. In a report sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he presented his finding that the items leached lead at concentrations above the EPA threshold for categorizing a type of waste as hazardous. When released into the environment near these dumpsites, lead can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, and computer chips

In large doses, arsenic is lethal along with being a known carcinogen, cited to trigger skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

The air around e-waste dumps is also high in arsenic, various acids, and other potentially toxic chemicals, including mercury and brominated flame retardants. Concerning arsenic, the reckless disposal of e-waste constitutes one of the most common sources of the inorganic form of this poison. Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, computer chips, and other electronic components, and as these parts accumulate in landfills, the arsenic present seeps into the surrounding land, affecting its soil chemistry and possibly the contents of groundwater as well. The presence of arsenic in groundwater and soil has varying effects on different organisms and may be harmful to both land and sea animals. In humans, ingesting arsenic in low doses causes irritation of the digestive system, and in large doses, it’s lethal. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, being cited as a trigger for skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

Health risks with chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater also exist

The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Another common method of e-waste disposal is to simply burn the unusable parts after sorting. Introducing arsenic into the atmosphere in this way also has serious implications for human and animal health. For example, research by the National Cancer Institute has shown a linear relationship between inhaling arsenic and the development of lung cancer, as well as a wide range of nervous disorders. Although many states in the US have enacted landfill bans for most consumer electronics and appliances, the dangers associated with the chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater remain. The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Considering the many harmful environmental consequences related to electronic waste disposal, choosing economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly ReMARKable Whiteboard Paint is a sensible alternative for all types of applications since it minimizes the need for laptops, tablets, and other devices, providing a highly flexible medium for conveying information and ideas in offices, schools, and other settings.

Dry Erase Walls

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Of the many environmental benefits of applying ReMarkable Dry Erase Paint, one of the greatest is that it reduces the use of electronic products such as tablets and laptops, which generate an enormous quantity of waste that has devastating effects on Earth’s environment. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases year by year, solutions for its proper recycling have lagged far behind. Although it is essential to give e-waste items to a certified recycling company that meets strict requirements for handling these materials, many individuals and businesses fail to do so. Their old electronics end up in landfills, producing toxic results for our air, water, and soil. The main hazardous substances to be found in discarded electronic products are lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, yttrium, chromium, beryllium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, halogenated flame retardants, tin, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. The presence of these and other toxins in our planet’s ecosystem can be greatly reduced through the use of whiteboard-painted walls in place of electronic devices.

Huge amounts of electronic scrap

poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. Shortages in raw materials needed to make electronics have brought forth a new industry called “urban mining.”

The start of the 21st century has witnessed the generation of huge amounts of electronic scrap, whose careless recycling in both developed and developing nations poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. As more people buy electronic gadgets, manufacturers are starting to experience shortages of the raw materials needed to make their products, so reclaiming and reusing the constituents of discarded e-products, called “urban mining,” makes good financial sense. A recent study conducted in China revealed that traditional mining of copper, gold, silver, and aluminum from ore is 13 times more costly than recovering these metals through the urban mining of electronic waste.

E-waste recycling involves taking old electronic devices apart

making it an expensive undertaking. Many companies illegally export e-waste to 3rd world nations where recycling is much cheaper but more destructive to the planet.

Proper or formal e-waste recycling typically involves taking old electronic devices apart, separating and categorizing their contents by material, and then cleaning them. Items are then mechanically shredded for further sorting through the use of advanced separation equipment. Companies that perform this service must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and use pollution-control technologies that reduce the environmental and public health hazards of handling e-waste. All these procedures make formal recycling an expensive undertaking. As a result, many companies and countries illegally export their e-waste to developing nations where recycling methods are more cost-effective but also much more destructive to the planet.

In the unindustrialized nations where much of this illegal e-waste processing occurs, air pollution levels and concentrations of heavy metals are especially high around so-called “recycling plants,” as compared to other regions. These sites are typically backyard operations where impoverished local residents process the obsolete electronics by hand, separating them into parts to extract valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper before disposing of the rest in landfills. Some metals and plastics are melted down, and those materials that can’t be feasibly processed accumulate in massive dumps near inhabited places and waterways. Sometimes, toxic fumes are inhaled directly as metals from the parts are burned in open bonfires.

Air-quality in e-scrap yards have highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins known

due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

A typical site where these crude e-waste recycling methods are used is a cluster of villages in southeastern China known as the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic scrap from the United States. There local villagers remove solder from circuit boards over coal-fired grills, burn plastic casings from wires to extract the copper, silver, and mine gold by soaking computer chips in pools of hydrochloric acid. An air-quality study conducted in the area found that it had some of the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

Dioxins are found around the globe in local ecosystems, where they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. These chemicals are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, interfere with the action of hormones, and cause cancer. Due to their potentially lethal nature, prevention or reduction of human exposure is best accomplished through direct measures, such as strict control of e-waste recycling processes to reduce the production of dioxins. Another approach is the application of ReMARKable whiteboard painted walls in schools, offices, and other facilities to reduce the use of electronic devices, which are some of their main sources.

E-waste recycling is detrimental to the health of the workers

Chronic exposure to the pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals like lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood.

For the above-mentioned reasons, the current global recycling system is detrimental to the health of the workers who improperly handle e-waste without protection from dangerous materials and is also a direct cause of contamination in the surrounding environment. Chronic exposure to the atmospheric pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood and may be related to hypertension, abnormally low levels of blood oxygen, and other conditions in people working in or living near the sites. The trigger for the air-polluting effect of e-waste is the fact that when the material is heated by overexposure to the sun, for instance, these metals along with other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere, causing one of e-waste’s most harmful effects.

Lead is found in almost all Electronic devices

which are becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When lead is released into the environment near these dumpsites, it can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Regarding lead, almost all electronics contain it, and today these devices are growing in number and becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When discarded, some of our most advanced technological devices represent rapidly expanding and often unregulated exposure to this highly poisonous metal, which plagued even the ancient Romans. A University of Florida environmental scientist recently studied the ecological impact of the lead found in 12 different types of electronic items commonly discarded in landfills. In a report sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he presented his finding that the items leached lead at concentrations above the EPA threshold for categorizing a type of waste as hazardous. When released into the environment near these dumpsites, lead can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, and computer chips

In large doses, arsenic is lethal along with being a known carcinogen, cited to trigger skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

The air around e-waste dumps is also high in arsenic, various acids, and other potentially toxic chemicals, including mercury and brominated flame retardants. Concerning arsenic, the reckless disposal of e-waste constitutes one of the most common sources of the inorganic form of this poison. Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, computer chips, and other electronic components, and as these parts accumulate in landfills, the arsenic present seeps into the surrounding land, affecting its soil chemistry and possibly the contents of groundwater as well. The presence of arsenic in groundwater and soil has varying effects on different organisms and may be harmful to both land and sea animals. In humans, ingesting arsenic in low doses causes irritation of the digestive system, and in large doses, it’s lethal. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, being cited as a trigger for skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

Health risks with chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater also exist

The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Another common method of e-waste disposal is to simply burn the unusable parts after sorting. Introducing arsenic into the atmosphere in this way also has serious implications for human and animal health. For example, research by the National Cancer Institute has shown a linear relationship between inhaling arsenic and the development of lung cancer, as well as a wide range of nervous disorders. Although many states in the US have enacted landfill bans for most consumer electronics and appliances, the dangers associated with the chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater remain. The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Considering the many harmful environmental consequences related to electronic waste disposal, choosing economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly ReMARKable Whiteboard Paint is a sensible alternative for all types of applications since it minimizes the need for laptops, tablets, and other devices, providing a highly flexible medium for conveying information and ideas in offices, schools, and other settings.

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Of the many environmental benefits of applying ReMarkable dry erase paint, one of the greatest is that it reduces the use of electronic products such as tablets and laptops, which generate an enormous quantity of waste that has devastating effects on Earth’s environment. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases year by year, solutions for its proper recycling have lagged far behind. Although it is essential to give e-waste items to a certified recycling company that meets strict requirements for handling these materials, many individuals and businesses fail to do so. Their old electronics end up in landfills, producing toxic results for our air, water, and soil. The main hazardous substances to be found in discarded electronic products are lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, yttrium, chromium, beryllium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, halogenated flame retardants, tin, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. The presence of these and other toxins in our planet’s ecosystem can be greatly reduced through the use of whiteboard-painted walls in place of electronic devices.

Huge amounts of electronic scrap

poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. Shortages in raw materials needed to make electronics have brought forth a new industry called “urban mining.”

The start of the 21st century has witnessed the generation of huge amounts of electronic scrap, whose careless recycling in both developed and developing nations poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. As more people buy electronic gadgets, manufacturers are starting to experience shortages of the raw materials needed to make their products, so reclaiming and reusing the constituents of discarded e-products, called “urban mining,” makes good financial sense. A recent study conducted in China revealed that traditional mining of copper, gold, silver, and aluminum from ore is 13 times more costly than recovering these metals through the urban mining of electronic waste.

E-waste recycling involves taking old electronic devices apart

making it an expensive undertaking. Many companies illegally export e-waste to 3rd world nations where recycling is much cheaper but more destructive to the planet.

Proper or formal e-waste recycling typically involves taking old electronic devices apart, separating and categorizing their contents by material, and then cleaning them. Items are then mechanically shredded for further sorting through the use of advanced separation equipment. Companies that perform this service must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and use pollution-control technologies that reduce the environmental and public health hazards of handling e-waste. All these procedures make formal recycling an expensive undertaking. As a result, many companies and countries illegally export their e-waste to developing nations where recycling methods are more cost-effective but also much more destructive to the planet.

In the unindustrialized nations where much of this illegal e-waste processing occurs, air pollution levels and concentrations of heavy metals are especially high around so-called “recycling plants,” as compared to other regions. These sites are typically backyard operations where impoverished local residents process the obsolete electronics by hand, separating them into parts to extract valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper before disposing of the rest in landfills. Some metals and plastics are melted down, and those materials that can’t be feasibly processed accumulate in massive dumps near inhabited places and waterways. Sometimes, toxic fumes are inhaled directly as metals from the parts are burned in open bonfires.

Air-quality in e-scrap yards have highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins known

due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

A typical site where these crude e-waste recycling methods are used is a cluster of villages in southeastern China known as the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic scrap from the United States. There local villagers remove solder from circuit boards over coal-fired grills, burn plastic casings from wires to extract the copper, silver, and mine gold by soaking computer chips in pools of hydrochloric acid. An air-quality study conducted in the area found that it had some of the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

Dioxins are found around the globe in local ecosystems, where they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. These chemicals are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, interfere with the action of hormones, and cause cancer. Due to their potentially lethal nature, prevention or reduction of human exposure is best accomplished through direct measures, such as strict control of e-waste recycling processes to reduce the production of dioxins. Another approach is the application of ReMARKable whiteboard painted walls in schools, offices, and other facilities to reduce the use of electronic devices, which are some of their main sources.

E-waste recycling is detrimental to the health of the workers

Chronic exposure to the pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals like lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood.

For the above-mentioned reasons, the current global recycling system is detrimental to the health of the workers who improperly handle e-waste without protection from dangerous materials and is also a direct cause of contamination in the surrounding environment. Chronic exposure to the atmospheric pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood and may be related to hypertension, abnormally low levels of blood oxygen, and other conditions in people working in or living near the sites. The trigger for the air-polluting effect of e-waste is the fact that when the material is heated by overexposure to the sun, for instance, these metals along with other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere, causing one of e-waste’s most harmful effects.

Lead is found in almost all Electronic devices

which are becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When lead is released into the environment near these dumpsites, it can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Regarding lead, almost all electronics contain it, and today these devices are growing in number and becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When discarded, some of our most advanced technological devices represent rapidly expanding and often unregulated exposure to this highly poisonous metal, which plagued even the ancient Romans. A University of Florida environmental scientist recently studied the ecological impact of the lead found in 12 different types of electronic items commonly discarded in landfills. In a report sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he presented his finding that the items leached lead at concentrations above the EPA threshold for categorizing a type of waste as hazardous. When released into the environment near these dumpsites, lead can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, and computer chips

In large doses, arsenic is lethal along with being a known carcinogen, cited to trigger skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

The air around e-waste dumps is also high in arsenic, various acids, and other potentially toxic chemicals, including mercury and brominated flame retardants. Concerning arsenic, the reckless disposal of e-waste constitutes one of the most common sources of the inorganic form of this poison. Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, computer chips, and other electronic components, and as these parts accumulate in landfills, the arsenic present seeps into the surrounding land, affecting its soil chemistry and possibly the contents of groundwater as well. The presence of arsenic in groundwater and soil has varying effects on different organisms and may be harmful to both land and sea animals. In humans, ingesting arsenic in low doses causes irritation of the digestive system, and in large doses, it’s lethal. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, being cited as a trigger for skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

Health risks with chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater also exist

The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Another common method of e-waste disposal is to simply burn the unusable parts after sorting. Introducing arsenic into the atmosphere in this way also has serious implications for human and animal health. For example, research by the National Cancer Institute has shown a linear relationship between inhaling arsenic and the development of lung cancer, as well as a wide range of nervous disorders. Although many states in the US have enacted landfill bans for most consumer electronics and appliances, the dangers associated with the chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater remain. The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Considering the many harmful environmental consequences related to electronic waste disposal, choosing economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly ReMARKable Whiteboard Paint is a sensible alternative for all types of applications since it minimizes the need for laptops, tablets, and other devices, providing a highly flexible medium for conveying information and ideas in offices, schools, and other settings.

Whiteboard Wall Paint

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Of the many environmental benefits of applying ReMarkable dry erase paint, one of the greatest is that it reduces the use of electronic products such as tablets and laptops, which generate an enormous quantity of waste that has devastating effects on Earth’s environment. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases year by year, solutions for its proper recycling have lagged far behind. Although it is essential to give e-waste items to a certified recycling company that meets strict requirements for handling these materials, many individuals and businesses fail to do so. Their old electronics end up in landfills, producing toxic results for our air, water, and soil. The main hazardous substances to be found in discarded electronic products are lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, yttrium, chromium, beryllium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, halogenated flame retardants, tin, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. The presence of these and other toxins in our planet’s ecosystem can be greatly reduced through the use of whiteboard-painted walls in place of electronic devices.

Huge amounts of electronic scrap

poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. Shortages in raw materials needed to make electronics have brought forth a new industry called “urban mining.”

The start of the 21st century has witnessed the generation of huge amounts of electronic scrap, whose careless recycling in both developed and developing nations poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. As more people buy electronic gadgets, manufacturers are starting to experience shortages of the raw materials needed to make their products, so reclaiming and reusing the constituents of discarded e-products, called “urban mining,” makes good financial sense. A recent study conducted in China revealed that traditional mining of copper, gold, silver, and aluminum from ore is 13 times more costly than recovering these metals through the urban mining of electronic waste.

E-waste recycling involves taking old electronic devices apart

making it an expensive undertaking. Many companies illegally export e-waste to 3rd world nations where recycling is much cheaper but more destructive to the planet.

Proper or formal e-waste recycling typically involves taking old electronic devices apart, separating and categorizing their contents by material, and then cleaning them. Items are then mechanically shredded for further sorting through the use of advanced separation equipment. Companies that perform this service must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and use pollution-control technologies that reduce the environmental and public health hazards of handling e-waste. All these procedures make formal recycling an expensive undertaking. As a result, many companies and countries illegally export their e-waste to developing nations where recycling methods are more cost-effective but also much more destructive to the planet.

In the unindustrialized nations where much of this illegal e-waste processing occurs, air pollution levels and concentrations of heavy metals are especially high around so-called “recycling plants,” as compared to other regions. These sites are typically backyard operations where impoverished local residents process the obsolete electronics by hand, separating them into parts to extract valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper before disposing of the rest in landfills. Some metals and plastics are melted down, and those materials that can’t be feasibly processed accumulate in massive dumps near inhabited places and waterways. Sometimes, toxic fumes are inhaled directly as metals from the parts are burned in open bonfires.

Air-quality in e-scrap yards have highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins known

due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

A typical site where these crude e-waste recycling methods are used is a cluster of villages in southeastern China known as the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic scrap from the United States. There local villagers remove solder from circuit boards over coal-fired grills, burn plastic casings from wires to extract the copper, silver, and mine gold by soaking computer chips in pools of hydrochloric acid. An air-quality study conducted in the area found that it had some of the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

Dioxins are found around the globe in local ecosystems, where they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. These chemicals are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, interfere with the action of hormones, and cause cancer. Due to their potentially lethal nature, prevention or reduction of human exposure is best accomplished through direct measures, such as strict control of e-waste recycling processes to reduce the production of dioxins. Another approach is the application of ReMARKable whiteboard painted walls in schools, offices, and other facilities to reduce the use of electronic devices, which are some of their main sources.

E-waste recycling is detrimental to the health of the workers

Chronic exposure to the pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals like lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood.

For the above-mentioned reasons, the current global recycling system is detrimental to the health of the workers who improperly handle e-waste without protection from dangerous materials and is also a direct cause of contamination in the surrounding environment. Chronic exposure to the atmospheric pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood and may be related to hypertension, abnormally low levels of blood oxygen, and other conditions in people working in or living near the sites. The trigger for the air-polluting effect of e-waste is the fact that when the material is heated by overexposure to the sun, for instance, these metals along with other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere, causing one of e-waste’s most harmful effects.

Lead is found in almost all Electronic devices

which are becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When lead is released into the environment near these dumpsites, it can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Regarding lead, almost all electronics contain it, and today these devices are growing in number and becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When discarded, some of our most advanced technological devices represent rapidly expanding and often unregulated exposure to this highly poisonous metal, which plagued even the ancient Romans. A University of Florida environmental scientist recently studied the ecological impact of the lead found in 12 different types of electronic items commonly discarded in landfills. In a report sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he presented his finding that the items leached lead at concentrations above the EPA threshold for categorizing a type of waste as hazardous. When released into the environment near these dumpsites, lead can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, and computer chips

In large doses, arsenic is lethal along with being a known carcinogen, cited to trigger skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

The air around e-waste dumps is also high in arsenic, various acids, and other potentially toxic chemicals, including mercury and brominated flame retardants. Concerning arsenic, the reckless disposal of e-waste constitutes one of the most common sources of the inorganic form of this poison. Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, computer chips, and other electronic components, and as these parts accumulate in landfills, the arsenic present seeps into the surrounding land, affecting its soil chemistry and possibly the contents of groundwater as well. The presence of arsenic in groundwater and soil has varying effects on different organisms and may be harmful to both land and sea animals. In humans, ingesting arsenic in low doses causes irritation of the digestive system, and in large doses, it’s lethal. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, being cited as a trigger for skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

Health risks with chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater also exist

The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Another common method of e-waste disposal is to simply burn the unusable parts after sorting. Introducing arsenic into the atmosphere in this way also has serious implications for human and animal health. For example, research by the National Cancer Institute has shown a linear relationship between inhaling arsenic and the development of lung cancer, as well as a wide range of nervous disorders. Although many states in the US have enacted landfill bans for most consumer electronics and appliances, the dangers associated with the chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater remain. The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Considering the many harmful environmental consequences related to electronic waste disposal, choosing economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly ReMARKable Whiteboard Paint is a sensible alternative for all types of applications since it minimizes the need for laptops, tablets, and other devices, providing a highly flexible medium for conveying information and ideas in offices, schools, and other settings.

Dry Erase Wall

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Of the many environmental benefits of applying ReMarkable dry erase paint, one of the greatest is that it reduces the use of electronic products such as tablets and laptops, which generate an enormous quantity of waste that has devastating effects on Earth’s environment. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases year by year, solutions for its proper recycling have lagged far behind. Although it is essential to give e-waste items to a certified recycling company that meets strict requirements for handling these materials, many individuals and businesses fail to do so. Their old electronics end up in landfills, producing toxic results for our air, water, and soil. The main hazardous substances to be found in discarded electronic products are lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, yttrium, chromium, beryllium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, halogenated flame retardants, tin, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. The presence of these and other toxins in our planet’s ecosystem can be greatly reduced through the use of whiteboard-painted walls in place of electronic devices.

Huge amounts of electronic scrap

poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. Shortages in raw materials needed to make electronics have brought forth a new industry called “urban mining.”

The start of the 21st century has witnessed the generation of huge amounts of electronic scrap, whose careless recycling in both developed and developing nations poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. As more people buy electronic gadgets, manufacturers are starting to experience shortages of the raw materials needed to make their products, so reclaiming and reusing the constituents of discarded e-products, called “urban mining,” makes good financial sense. A recent study conducted in China revealed that traditional mining of copper, gold, silver, and aluminum from ore is 13 times more costly than recovering these metals through the urban mining of electronic waste.

E-waste recycling involves taking old electronic devices apart

making it an expensive undertaking. Many companies illegally export e-waste to 3rd world nations where recycling is much cheaper but more destructive to the planet.

Proper or formal e-waste recycling typically involves taking old electronic devices apart, separating and categorizing their contents by material, and then cleaning them. Items are then mechanically shredded for further sorting through the use of advanced separation equipment. Companies that perform this service must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and use pollution-control technologies that reduce the environmental and public health hazards of handling e-waste. All these procedures make formal recycling an expensive undertaking. As a result, many companies and countries illegally export their e-waste to developing nations where recycling methods are more cost-effective but also much more destructive to the planet.

In the unindustrialized nations where much of this illegal e-waste processing occurs, air pollution levels and concentrations of heavy metals are especially high around so-called “recycling plants,” as compared to other regions. These sites are typically backyard operations where impoverished local residents process the obsolete electronics by hand, separating them into parts to extract valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper before disposing of the rest in landfills. Some metals and plastics are melted down, and those materials that can’t be feasibly processed accumulate in massive dumps near inhabited places and waterways. Sometimes, toxic fumes are inhaled directly as metals from the parts are burned in open bonfires.

Air-quality in e-scrap yards have highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins known

due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

A typical site where these crude e-waste recycling methods are used is a cluster of villages in southeastern China known as the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic scrap from the United States. There local villagers remove solder from circuit boards over coal-fired grills, burn plastic casings from wires to extract the copper, silver, and mine gold by soaking computer chips in pools of hydrochloric acid. An air-quality study conducted in the area found that it had some of the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

Dioxins are found around the globe in local ecosystems, where they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. These chemicals are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, interfere with the action of hormones, and cause cancer. Due to their potentially lethal nature, prevention or reduction of human exposure is best accomplished through direct measures, such as strict control of e-waste recycling processes to reduce the production of dioxins. Another approach is the application of ReMARKable whiteboard painted walls in schools, offices, and other facilities to reduce the use of electronic devices, which are some of their main sources.

E-waste recycling is detrimental to the health of the workers

Chronic exposure to the pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals like lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood.

For the above-mentioned reasons, the current global recycling system is detrimental to the health of the workers who improperly handle e-waste without protection from dangerous materials and is also a direct cause of contamination in the surrounding environment. Chronic exposure to the atmospheric pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood and may be related to hypertension, abnormally low levels of blood oxygen, and other conditions in people working in or living near the sites. The trigger for the air-polluting effect of e-waste is the fact that when the material is heated by overexposure to the sun, for instance, these metals along with other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere, causing one of e-waste’s most harmful effects.

Lead is found in almost all Electronic devices

which are becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When lead is released into the environment near these dumpsites, it can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Regarding lead, almost all electronics contain it, and today these devices are growing in number and becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When discarded, some of our most advanced technological devices represent rapidly expanding and often unregulated exposure to this highly poisonous metal, which plagued even the ancient Romans. A University of Florida environmental scientist recently studied the ecological impact of the lead found in 12 different types of electronic items commonly discarded in landfills. In a report sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he presented his finding that the items leached lead at concentrations above the EPA threshold for categorizing a type of waste as hazardous. When released into the environment near these dumpsites, lead can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, and computer chips

In large doses, arsenic is lethal along with being a known carcinogen, cited to trigger skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

The air around e-waste dumps is also high in arsenic, various acids, and other potentially toxic chemicals, including mercury and brominated flame retardants. Concerning arsenic, the reckless disposal of e-waste constitutes one of the most common sources of the inorganic form of this poison. Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, computer chips, and other electronic components, and as these parts accumulate in landfills, the arsenic present seeps into the surrounding land, affecting its soil chemistry and possibly the contents of groundwater as well. The presence of arsenic in groundwater and soil has varying effects on different organisms and may be harmful to both land and sea animals. In humans, ingesting arsenic in low doses causes irritation of the digestive system, and in large doses, it’s lethal. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, being cited as a trigger for skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

Health risks with chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater also exist

The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Another common method of e-waste disposal is to simply burn the unusable parts after sorting. Introducing arsenic into the atmosphere in this way also has serious implications for human and animal health. For example, research by the National Cancer Institute has shown a linear relationship between inhaling arsenic and the development of lung cancer, as well as a wide range of nervous disorders. Although many states in the US have enacted landfill bans for most consumer electronics and appliances, the dangers associated with the chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater remain. The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Considering the many harmful environmental consequences related to electronic waste disposal, choosing economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly ReMARKable Whiteboard Paint is a sensible alternative for all types of applications since it minimizes the need for laptops, tablets, and other devices, providing a highly flexible medium for conveying information and ideas in offices, schools, and other settings.

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Balancing Job Duties and Daily Life in the Work-from-Home Environment

Balancing Job Duties and Daily Life in the Work-from-Home Environment

Working from home can be a daunting experience, even for long-time telecommuters, and it often requires a period of adjustment to develop a productive daily routine. In the work-from-home setting, distractions invariably come up throughout the day, so balancing job duties, health, family, and personal interests can seem impossible, and the boundary line between work and personal life can easily become blurred.
In the current global environment, most people lack the time to make an easy transition to working from home and planning an organized home work schedule, with pressure from household duties being high and timelines to finish remote projects short. Many who work remotely also have to care for children or parents, creating a situation in which people are doing two jobs at once. This can lead to burnout if telecommuters don’t take the time to focus on their own needs and plan their lives efficiently.

With the work-from-home lifestyle becoming ever more common around the world, it’s important for remote team members to establish clear limits between work time and personal time. In this way, you can become more productive in job-related tasks and feel less stressed. If you fail to establish limits and systems that help you stay focused on what you need to do, you’ll not only be less productive but may also end up becoming overly fatigued in both your work and daily life.

Fortunately, there are specific steps you can take to create boundaries and thus help yourself be productive in both work and household tasks during this challenging time. The following are some practical suggestions to assist you along the way.

Shut the Door to Your Work Space

By far, the most challenging aspect of working from home is the lack of physical separation between domestic life and work life. When you go to a business office, you know it’s a place to work. When you operate from home, however, domestic and job duties inevitably run together unless you set up a designated office area and go there when it’s time to do work-related tasks.

A space with a door that you can close is ideal because when you close it, you can maintain some degree of separation from the people you live with; otherwise, if they have the chance to walk in and talk to you, give you a hug, or socialize, they will. On the other hand, when they see that the door is closed, it’s a cue that you’re working and need some time that’s free of distractions. It might even be helpful to put an “at work” sign on the door to make it perfectly clear you need to be left alone.

Incidentally, eliminating distractions also relates to the virtual domain, so it’s a good idea to turn off notifications from Twitter, Slack, and other messaging platforms.

Divide up Your Time

This step is important because it allows you to be more productive than you would otherwise be. In most cases, when people work from home, it’s hard to keep a strict 9-to-5 schedule, especially with homeschooling duties and other domestic challenges to deal with. More important is to create a plan about how you’ll go about accomplishing your schedule of tasks in the time you have available. And an ideal place to keep such a schedule is the large open canvas of a whiteboard painted wall. Here you can record all the activities you need to complete in a given day, week, or month, and easily change the entries when necessary by erasing and rewriting. The great size of a whiteboard wall allows you to mark all the activities on your schedule in large print, making them easier to see and interact with. Although, according to psychologists, large lettering is not necessarily an aid to memory, unusually shaped and hard-to-read lettering is, so you can use an odd writing style when putting items on your agenda to help you remember exactly what to do and when to do it. Recent studies have shown that people recall much more material in science, history, language, and other fields when they study it in a font that’s both unfamiliar and also hard to read.

You can divide your time into chunks that cover the entire day. For example, you might create a morning chunk when you can quietly do writing projects before other family members are awake then respond to emails and texts in the same chunk of time. In the afternoon, you can make a block for doing research or participating in meetings, with each task scheduled so that they don’t interfere with other activities.

Using this approach will also make it easy to prioritize the day’s projects. If a colleague wants to have a virtual meeting, you can just offer them a time during the next chunk of your schedule. And if an unexpected task comes up, it will either need to fit into the suitable block of time in your schedule, or it will have to wait.

Keep a Time Log

Open a new spreadsheet on your laptop or desktop and write the days of the week along the top. Include half-hour blocks from 5 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. along the left side, then record what you do every day in this time log: sleep, make breakfast, work, go out on errands, etc. Do this every week, 168 hours, then archive the log, open a new spreadsheet, and keep tracking your time usage with your log. If you continue doing this, the way you think about and use your time will undoubtedly change. In fact, knowing exactly how your hours are spent each day will help you become more efficient, and you may come to realize that even in a jam-packed life, there is still space for other activities. Knowing where your time is spent will allow you to reassign segments of time from mundane pursuits such as web surfing to meaningful activities such as reading literary classics or taking up a musical instrument.

Keeping a time log can help you realize that you have the chance to ramp up your involvement in personal interests. However, the most important outcome of maintaining a log can be a newfound sense of time’s abundance, the recognition that you have a full life and have time to do what’s necessary to make it even more meaningful. Gaining this sense of time’s abundance requires only a few minutes each day to keep your log up to date.

Plan When to Quit Working

Just as important as being deliberate about how you use your time is being deliberate about when to quit working. This means no more last-minute emails or text messages. Just stop. You’ll always have plenty of work to do, but if you don’t decide when to stop working, your life will become unbalanced. You’ll keep working and won’t have enough time for other tasks such as household chores that also need to be done. Quitting work doesn’t just happen on its own, and if you wait until you’re wrapped up in a major project to try and determine where to stop, most often you won’t, and you’ll find a reason to just keep working past your designated quitting time.

As an alternative, when planning your day, decide on an exact time to quit, and when you reach that point, stop, even if you have more work to do than you did when you started. Quit, and avoid thinking about work. Then the next morning, you can make a new plan to get the rest of the work done. Just be sure that your next plan also includes a time to quit, which you can write in large letters on your whiteboard wall to help you remember.

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