Artist Resin consists of petroleum. Petroleum extraction causes tons of problems in the environment. One of these problems is that it pollutes not only our oceans but also the sources of water supplies. It contaminates our soil and air.
Sadly, ‘greenwashing’– an environmental claim used as a marketing tool when there’s a net-negative impact on the Earth’s well-being—is very pervasive in the chemical industry.
What are we doing as a company?
Artist Resin’s epoxy resin is fully reactive. It means that there is no non-reactive material in our product.
Why is this important? If we would consider our budget, we are very flexible with it. If we were to go cheap, we can easily buy ingredients with fillers and diluents to stretch our materials and gain profit. There would be a ‘non-reactive’ material in our product that evaporates thinly in air.
Why is non-reactive material a bad thing?
Non-reactive things and substances, when mixed, releases as VOCs during chemical reaction, or they would leach over time. Putting cheap epoxy resin in water will make chemicals leach out of it. This is hazardous to your health and the environment.
Once cured, Artist Resin becomes chemically inactive. It no longer emits anything in the air.
So, as a consumer and lover of Artist Resin (that is you, of course!), what is the most responsible way to use this product while minimizing the adverse effect on the environment?
1) Do not pour any content into the water supply.
2) If you have extra resin and hardener at the bottom of each bottle, open each one and put one bottle upside down on top of the other one. Make sure that the mouths of the bottles touch each other. Wrap tape around the mouths and let it sit. By doing this, no liquid material can leak out. You can use the mixture on your next project.
3) If you have extra of only one part of Artist Resin, and you will not be using it for another month, the best thing to do is to take it to your local dump. Dumps have an assigned pit for chemicals like resin, so you put it there to dispose of it properly.
It may seem like what they do to the materials sound not really appealing, but further research has shown that it is not as bad as it sounds. These paint and chemical depots will most likely burn out any chemicals and can no longer be reused by other manufacturers. The carbonizing of chemicals is quite advanced and there are many filters that capture impurities to prevent the vapor from leaching into the air.
To learn more about the product and the process, you can always visit or call your local dumpsite. They are very open to sharing their efforts to be environmentally friendly!