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Cleaning up the coatings industry with sustainable biopolymers

Property & Construction

The odourless paints and varnishes reduce carbon emissions and airborne chemicals

Spotted: Paint and coatings are a substantial part of the global chemical industry, and – driven by worldwide growth in construction – their value is expected to exceed $235 billion (around €223 billion) by 2029. Many innovators are seeking ways to reduce industrial carbon emissions, and French biotechnology company Ecoat is focusing on industrial paint and waterproof coatings.  

The company’s biosourced polymers produce less pollution during production than traditional paints and coatings, and release fewer chemicals when applied. Currently, Ecoat’s binders are available in four brands with a range of products, and the fast-drying emulsions can be used alone or with other products for various levels of gloss. The resins used in the startup’s paints and primers provide anti-corrosion qualities, which minimises long-term yellowing and means they can be used indoors and outside.

The waterproof products work with wood and metal, enabling builders and architects to prioritise sustainable, healthy paints for projects of all sizes and regardless of material. Ecoat works with other companies to tailor the coating to a specific project, helping businesses transition to a more ecologically friendly portfolio of products. The company produces its paints and coatings in a dedicated facility that is constantly evaluated for carbon footprint improvements.  

The environmental benefits of Ecoat’s products can be significant. The company claims that using its Secoia binder in place of styrene acrylic on a 90 square metre home eliminates the same amount of carbon emissions as would be produced driving a car 110 kilometres.  

Other innovations in paint that Springwise has spotted include an ultra-white colour that cools buildings and saves energy, and an upcycled version of paint made from recycling cement that also sequesters carbon.

Written By: Keely Khoury




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