Tips for environmental water paints and wax
Always keep your pigments and binders properly covered & labeled. Do not reuse food container that can mislead, if you do it you should label it in the right size and color so that no confusion is possible. Keep your materials out of the reach/view of children and pets, they do not read labels.
Keep your work space tidy, prepare beforehand all materials you might need, cleaning up materials too. Paper towels moistened with any type of light cream goes well. It's a good idea to put your phone on silent while you manipulate powders, it will be only a matter of 10-20 minutes. Lining your desk with a nonporous and moisture resistant material is a good idea. Oilcloth for example you set aside for this use exclusively.
NEVER use pigments directly from a plastic or paper bag. First you must move them to a wide-mouth jar. For this purpose cut a corner of the bottom of the bag and make the pigment go out slowly to avoid raising dust. Label the bottle with the name and reference of the original material. Never tip over your jars of pigment as if they were a salt shaker, better take the amount you need with a tool.
In case of accidental spillage
In small amounts you can pick it up with damp kitchen paper. If it is more quantity you can pick it up more easily if you make a paste using type of bath gel and subsequently absorb with dry paper towel.
What to do with the leftovers - less is more
Our philosophy is less is more:
First tip: reduce waist. Buy products in the size you are going to use within a reasonable time, say one year. Cover the jars properly.
Second tip: reuse your waste, You can use them to experiment with mixed-media or creating grounds.
Third tip:dry your waste. Let dry your used kitchen paper or leftover paint in jars on paper. It's a great way to prevent the chemical substances end up in the drain.
Finally take your dry waste to a recycling center. Once your waste is dry store them in a safe place until taking to a recycling center. If you have doubts check it with your local waist department. If you are a company you probably need specialized collection services.
How to clean your clothing and equipment
Remove with paper most of the residue on your brushes and spatulas before cleaning under running wate to prevent harmful substances end up in the drain. Wash your apron and other clothing always separately
Know your material
These tips do not replace the safety data sheets of products, you must know its content and consult whenever you have doubts. MSDSs should be provided by your vendor, ask for it.
Always take precautions handling products no matter their hazard classification; Please note that the long-term effects of many products are not yet known, it is good practice therefore always handle your products as if they all were hazardous. Otherwise protective respirators must be used with appropriate filters.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
These good practice tips are no substitute for Safety Data Sheets of products, you must know its content and consult whenever you have doubts. MSDSs should your vendor to provide it, ask. The SDS contains the information you need to use a chemical material safely. It should be noted that some of the information may not be available due to lack of data. So it is considered good practice and advisable, to handle ALL SUBSTANCES as potentially harmful products.