At CREATE Courageously, we consider our impact on the environment very carefully. We have self-imposed the following processes to help keep our groundwater as unpolluted as possible. We continue to research safe disposal of our paint water and will implement new and better policies as we learn about them.
1. First, and foremost, we do not teach classes that require oil-based paints or solvents. While ingredients have improved over time, and oil paints are no longer inherently toxic, mediums used to thin oil paints (turpentine, Oderless Mineral Spirits (OMS), Gamosol, etc.) are toxic. We also do not wish to expose our customers to the paint fumes of oil paints and solvents.
2. We collect the dirty paint water, pack it out and filter it prior to disposal. It is never dumped down the sinks of any location where we teach. Non-toxic acrylic paint dries to be a form of a plastic. We want to keep that out of the sink and pipes of any building. We do this by letting the paint settle to bottom of the dirty paint water container. The water is poured off and filtered. Any acrylic remnants will be captured in the filter and disposed of in the trash.
Golden has a write-up about additional methods of paint water waste disposal.