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Differences in Perception of the Environmental and Health Impacts of Decorative Paints among Average Consumers

International Management of Resources and Environment, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4495; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114495
Received: 1 April 2020 / Revised: 28 May 2020 / Accepted: 29 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Environment and Renewable Energy Studies)
Decorative paints may evaporate hazardous emissions such as volatile organic compounds and formaldehydes. Studying the paints’ packaging showed that a great amount of decorative paints available in the German market contain low concentrations of volatile organic compounds. In fact, volatile organic compounds may cause an irritation of eyes and respiratory organs, leukaemia, lymphoma and nasal cancer. This paper presents and discusses the results of a questionnaire survey, conducted among the visitors of the trade fairs for construction products in Germany, on the awareness of possible environmental and health impact of paint products. Furthermore, this paper investigates the differences in the importance values of the ecolabels and Material Safety Data Sheets for decorative paints among females and males and respondents with and without children. In order to highlight the essential findings, the key questions were analysed within statistical t-tests. According to the results, females and males do perceive various issues regarding the availability of ecolabels for decorative paints and the use of solvent-free paints differently and put different importance values on these issues. Some results of the questionnaire survey confirm findings of the previous studies on the importance of the ecolabels. Moreover, having children influenced the behaviour of the respondents towards the significance of the Material Safety Data Sheets and using solvent-free indoor paints. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; environmental consciousness; decorative paints; questionnaire survey; ecolabels; importance value; solvent-free paints; volatile organic compounds; statistical testing; t-tests sustainability; environmental consciousness; decorative paints; questionnaire survey; ecolabels; importance value; solvent-free paints; volatile organic compounds; statistical testing; t-tests
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Hess, M.; Bongaerts, J.C. Differences in Perception of the Environmental and Health Impacts of Decorative Paints among Average Consumers. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4495. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114495

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Hess M, Bongaerts JC. Differences in Perception of the Environmental and Health Impacts of Decorative Paints among Average Consumers. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4495. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114495

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Hess, Mariia, and Jan C. Bongaerts 2020. "Differences in Perception of the Environmental and Health Impacts of Decorative Paints among Average Consumers" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4495. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114495

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