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ECOBOND® Paint Hello. We are here today visiting with Paul Delmonico paint manufacturer with Old Western Paint. Welcome Paul.

Paul Delmonico: Thank you. Thank you for having me. ECOBOND® Paint Today we're going to be discussing

ECOBOND Paint, which is the premier provider of environmental paint products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead, smoke, and odors. We make paint with a purpose so you can paint with a purpose. Paul, how many years have you been with Old Western Paint in the manufacturing?

Paul Delmonico: Old Western Paint's been open since 1961. My father started the company. I grew up working down here. But I've been actually running the manufacturing since about 1990.

ECOBOND® Paint Wow. Quite a while.

Paul Delmonico: Yeah, I put 21 years of manufacturing here.

ECOBOND® Paint And you have partnered with ECOBOND now for how many years?

Paul Delmonico: We've been with ECOBOND for about 13 years now, that we've been developing products and manufacturing with them.

ECOBOND® Paint So you know the product quite well?

Paul Delmonico: Know it very well, from the ground up.

ECOBOND® Paint Very good. Paul, we have been asked about the mistaken assumption that ECOBOND Lead Defender doesn’t cover as well as regular paints during application. Can you explain this?

Paul Delmonico: Well it does cover as well. It covers what we call a "dry hide." Now what a dry hide is, is when you have a higher PVC product that it takes its coverage during the drying process. See some paints, they give you what we call a wet hide, meaning that as you're rolling the paint on or applying it onto the surface, that it gives you the coverage. Well ECOBOND doesn't do that. It needs to be put on it at the application levels that it's recommended at. And then as it dries, you'll see the coverage will happen. So, you basically got to let it dry before you see it do its job perfectly.

ECOBOND® Paint Got you. So, a dry hide is not necessarily a bad thing within paint products, and anyone painting should not be alarmed with this or trouble by the wet coating. Paul Delmonico: Oh no, it's just you have to understand that it is a dry hide product, so you don't over apply it as you're putting it on. You just put it on at the recommended levels, and it will do its job the way it's supposed to do it, and dry and give you good coverage.

ECOBOND® Paint So it's the same coverage but you don't see it until it's dry, basically?

Paul Delmonico: Correct. It is the same coverage and so you don't worry about that. You just have to know that the application is important.

ECOBOND® Paint Will this affect the coverage rate of the wet film?

Paul Delmonico: It will not affect the coverage rate. You know, like I said, recommendation of what the coverage you needed to give you the lead treatment, and the painting properties is important. So, follow those recommendations and the product will do its job.

ECOBOND® Paint Very good. Can you explain hiding versus stain-blocking?

Paul Delmonico: Well, hiding is what it means when you actually get the coat on the wall and you're covering the substrate and giving yourself an even substrate coating that doesn't have anything bleeding through it. Stain-blocking is when you're physically trying to hide something on the wall, a water stain, a magic marker stain, some of that type of stuff. Now ECOBOND is not made to be a stain-blocker but it will give you a good hiding power as it puts it on the wall.

ECOBOND® Paint Very good. Dry hide would then fall into this in the hiding would improve once the film has dried, correct?

Paul Delmonico: Yes, it does. Now how this works is that when you have a high PVC product, that means you have a higher pigment volume concentration. And so, some paints they have a higher resin concentration or high vehicle concentration and that's what gives you more of the wet hide. Well, when we get into a higher pigment volume concentration, the product has to get the pigments have to kind of line up, and they have to get themselves into their lined-up pattern so that they give you the hiding power as they're lining up. Well takes some time to line up and they do that through the drying process. And so that's why it's a time limit of letting it dry so that those pigments that we've trained to be in that paint will stack up and give you the hiding power that you need.

ECOBOND® Paint And regular paints would pretty much stack up automatically through.

Paul Delmonico: Well, they're not having to stack up because they don't have as much a pigment in them. So due the fact that they have the vehicle in them, that they are flowing out on the wall with that vehicle causing it in there. So, it's just a different way of getting your hiding power.

ECOBOND® Paint With what would you have explained ECOBOND is clearly different than regular paints. What makes ECOBOND better than regular pain for serving the purpose of lead treatment?

Paul Delmonico: It's a lead treatment. There is nothing I've ever seen on the market that gives you lead treatment and will make lead inert through a painting product. I mean for the protection that it can give you just through a paint coating, it's just amazing to me and it has been since I first worked with it. I mean the patented side of it that they put out there, it's just done wonders for what lead can be stopped with, and how we don't have to worry about it with our children anymore.

ECOBOND® Paint And typical paints would or encapsulants, they would seal that in much like ECOBOND does but there's absolutely no treating capability for that lead.

Paul Delmonico: Correct. Regular paint would have no effect on it whatsoever. I mean, so it still is an active lead on the wall. Encapsulants that will give you a concealed coating on there, they would basically hide it behind a coating. So, they aren't really stopping it from being affected. So, if that coating would ever be disrupted or broken through, well the lead would have an effect on you again. Whereas, with ECOBOND, that's taken away because it is coated with that patented material that makes it inert and makes it have the protection built into the coat.

ECOBOND® Paint And with that being said, our product proven through ASTM and EPA testing methods for lead hazard reduction of 86% in bio accessibility, 99% airborne lead dust reduction, 95% overall lead reduction and acid rain leaching resistance up to 98%. Is there anything else you would like to mention about ECOBOND?

Paul Delmonico: Well, I'd like to tell you about the product. The ECOBOND standard has Bitrex in it. I don't know if anybody's familiar with Bitrex, but what it is, is it's a substance that we put in there that causes the material that tastes horrible. And I mean it tastes horrible. So, what this does is it would cause children or anybody that would actually put it in their mouth to immediately want to spit it out. Double function. I mean, they put this on some other items, soaps and different things, that would make them want to spit it out. And that's what it's made for. And it does its job extremely well. The ECOBOND products all have a very low VOC system. They're way below national average, all of them in that 10 grams per liter range, which makes them, again, a very healthy type product to be able to be around. No smell and a water-based system, so they dry rapidly. They do actually have a mildew and mold preventive system into them. A broad-spectrum system that prevents a lot of the environmental products or environmental things that can happen to a paint. So, we like the fact that we don't get mold growth or mildew growth and it can be used interior or exteriorly. And also, it does have fire properties, which is just amazing in paints. Most paint you have to buy specifically just for fire retardants. Well this one kind of just naturally it's part of what its makeup is, so it will not burn under a flame system situation. So, it does help you in that matter too.

ECOBOND® Paint So it is a fire-resistant product? Paul Delmonico: It is a fire-resistant product, basically it will not burn. ECOBOND® Paint And with the new formula that we've come out with, the viscosity has improved quite a bit. Can you talk a little bit about that? Paul Delmonico: Yeah. What the viscosity is, is that's more transferring energy to the paint from our application, roller, brush spray. So, what we're trying to do is we're trying to make it more friendly to apply. And so that's what we've done. We've increased the viscosity and increased its ability to apply more friendly.

ECOBOND® Paint Thank you Paul, for your in-depth explanation of the ECOBOND LeadDefender and definition of our improved formula. For more information on ECOBOND environmental paints, please visit

Roman Empire iStock 1064742958In an article from the Washington Post, it was reported that “in 1983, a Canadian research scientist, Jerome Nriagu, examined evidence of the diets of 30 Roman emperors and "usurpers" who reigned between 30 B.C. and 220 A.D. Nriagu concluded that 19 "had a predilection to the lead-tainted" food and wine popular then and probably suffered from lead poisoning, as well as a form of gout.”

They continued that “a team of archaeologists and scientists examined how lead pipes contaminated ancient Roman "tap water." By measuring lead isotopes in the sediment of the Tiber River and Trajanic Harbor, they estimated that the piped water probably contained 100 times as much lead as local spring water.”

More recently an article in Forbes reported that “Archaeological Skeletons From London Prove Some Romans Were Lead Poisoned” Writing in the journal Archaeometry, lead author Sean Scott of the University of Wisconsin-Madison along with an international team composed of Martin Shafer, Kate Smith, Joel Overdier, Barry Cunliffe, Thomas Stafford, and Philip Farrell detail their novel method for identifying lead (Pb) levels from ancient skeletons and the results they obtained. The team hopes to be able to extend their methodology to study more skeletons in the future, from other parts of the Roman Empire. Specifically, Scott tells me he’s interested in figuring out whether there was more lead exposure in rural or in urban communities, and whether it is possible to see lead exposure in multiple generations of families buried in the same cemetery. “Doing similar studies to what we have done in other large Roman settlements could keep one busy for a long time!” he concludes. While the question of the effects of lead poisoning on the Roman Empire is far from settled, Scott and colleagues’ research adds to the growing body of scientific data drawn from multiple sources that show human-created lead pollution was a serious problem two thousand years ago.

In recent decades, lead poisoning has become a widespread concern through the lead-based paint crisis.

Dangers of Lead Paint

Healthy Homes estimates that between 25% and 40% of homes throughout the U.S. still contain lead-based paint. In other words, there are thousands, perhaps even millions of families at risk of health concerns related to lead paint.

Both adults and children are at risk of experiencing serious symptoms associated with lead paint exposure. Small children may become exposed if they happen to ingest cracked or peeling chips of paint containing lead. They may also be tempted to chew on surfaces containing lead paint, such as window sills. In addition, both children and adults can experience exposure since lead paint creates a talc-like powdery substance as it deteriorates, which puts you at risk of inhalation. Attempting to remove lead paint on your own can exacerbate these issues.

The Lead Problem Came in a Paint Can - the Solution Can Too!

The good news is, homeowners and residential contractors alike can manage lead paint removal with our NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula is your solution. Fortunately, ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® serves as part of a well-planned program. When sealing & painting over lead paint becomes a necessity, our product will treat paint containing lead when applications remain on walls. If removing paint from those walls is necessary, lead dust is effectively rendered as non-hazardous and safe for removal.

Why Just Cover it When You Can TREAT it!

In our LeadDefender formula, Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

Learn how ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is different than Encapsulants and is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment

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ABrandYouCanTrust PAINTSECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead, smoke and odors. Their initiative to manufacture their eco-friendly paint with a purpose is a call-to-action for consumers to approach their projects requiring paint to think beyond just the paint on the walls, and approach it through the lens of a greater purpose.

James M. Barthel, creator of the ECOBOND® family of products commented, “We feel a tremendous responsibility to manufacture products that go beyond the intended traditional use. We have adopted the mantra: ‘Why Just Paint When You Can Paint With a PURPOSE?’ When considering the worldwide problems associated with lead, smoke and odors, there are very real health impacts associated with them. It makes us feel great that our eco-friendly products are making a difference in protecting human health.”

To combat the lead paint problem, their ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® product seals and actually treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. Barthel continued, “the lead problem came in a paint can - the solution can too! We know that ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint. Infusing our lead paint treatment formulation in a patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application, our customers enjoy peace of mind from the dangers of lead paint. We feel honored to be part of the solution, especially when we consider the additional purpose in protecting children and families by including an additional layer of protection in our treatment. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials. Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.”

To combat the widespread problem of smoke, odor and fumes from the effects of cigarette smoke, pot smoke, and fire as well as pet odors ECOBOND® OdorDefender® is their professional-grade eco-friendly, odor-blocking paint sealing & blocking dangerous odors.

Barthel said, “During our research and development of ECOBOND® OdorDefender® we came across research from the National Institute of Health who found that over time, pollutants and odors from tobacco and pot smoke as well as pet odors, collect and concentrate on surfaces creating an unpleasant, potentially unsafe indoor air quality condition and could cause significant health risks. These toxic brews, called ThirdHand Smoke, can then reemit back into the air and recombine to form harmful compounds that remain at high levels long after smoking has stopped occurring. An independent laboratory study conducted by Air Sciences, Inc. verified that ECOBOND® OdorDefender® successfully reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by 92.3%! We have now begun collaborating with researchers from several Universities devoted to Thirdhand smoke research who are very excited about our solution.”

The eco-friendly odor blocking formulation includes resins, food-grade mineral additives, and alginate from seaweed; nature's most effective organic enhancing absorber of toxic pollutants. The patent pending formula utilizes mineral and biopolymer odor blocking technology resulting in the best smoke odor eliminator product on the market today effectively sealing existing odors on the wall.

Barthel concludes, “Typically a revolutionary new breakthrough causes the price to be high, but because the ECOBOND® family of products use a proprietary patent-pending specialty formulation, we have been able to provide it at a lower price. We make Paint With a Purpose so you can Paint With Purpose”

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About ECOBOND® Paint, LLC. The Brand You Can Trust.

With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® Paint, family of products is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of lead, smoke & odor and other pollutants.

Our innovative products have been sold online at major retailers such as Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon and others for the past 10 years and we are proud to have served over 100,000 customers in all 50 US states, Canada, and Internationally

When Iggy and Kapoor discover a patient might be suffering from lead poisoning, they are forced to take on the city.

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At ECOBOND® Paint, we know that you want to be a happy homeowner. The problem is when you discover your home has lead paint, you feel unsafe in your own home. We believe that homeowners and families need to be free from lead to live their lives in peace.
We understand that traditional lead remediation can be expensive, which is why we offer an affordable, patented lead sealant and treatment.

We hear you. You're not alone! The enjoyment of making home improvements should not be limited because you worry about lead paint. ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers
of lead, smoke and odors. Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Environmental Paints!

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Lead Paint News Stories: Milwaukee and Sherwin-Williams Engaged in Legal Battle Over Lead Poisoning

Lead Paint in the news single newspaper 18452When we hear about increased risk of lead poisoning in industrial cities, most of us think of old black and white photographs of the days before regulations and protections that were designed to keep workers and residents safe from things like heavy metals. However, what a lot of us forget is that it wasn't very long ago that companies were producing lead-heavy products, and that the public was readily using them every, single day. That's why in cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, New York and others, there is still a higher-than-average rate of lead poisoning among the population in general, but especially among their youngest generations.

That's why, according to Journal Sentinel, the city is engaged in a rather heated court battle with paint producer Sherwin-Williams over their contribution to the city's current condition.

Decades of Harmful Paint to Blame?

Milwaukee children have more than three times the national average level in their blood tests, and that is a serious problem. The city contends that peeling and flaking lead paint (which is often lurking in older homes, and which has been in place for decades) is largely to blame for this. The paint company, by contrast, argues that a majority of the blame should be laid on the lead pipes found throughout the city, and not on anything produced by their company over the years.

While there is no denying that lead exposure from any source is bad, the question currently being decided in Milwaukee seems to be one that is being faced all across the country; namely, which lead source do you try to grapple with first? Because while we've seen it's possible to prevent lead leaching into water, it is significantly more difficult to clean up lead-based paint. Not only that but lead paint can easily affect a huge area if it isn't properly controlled when it's being cleaned up. That process is neither cheap nor easy, which is one reason Sherwin-Williams is being taken to court for the money to help handle these costs.

Why was lead used in paint to begin with? The hazards of lead exposure and its effects on the body are understood by scientists and health officials today. However, it was an unfortunate journey to get to the understanding we have at the present. With the severe consequences lead can have on the body, it may seem foolish that lead was ever used in paints to begin with.

While it was never greatly understood, lead was somewhat known to have adverse effects on the body. It was used in things like face powders, mascaras, food seasonings, wine preservation, and even an informal birth control method in early times. It wasn't recognized as a poison, but it was being documented to the link of health problems like grey hair, dried-out skin, severe abdominal pain, and constipation. It was assumed as dangerous only if used in high amounts.

Focusing in on the use of lead in paint though; it had a variety of seemingly positive effects. Different lead compounds were added to paint to create various pigments. Some examples are the use of white lead to paint wooden surfaces in the home, or a vivid yellow could be created from lead chromate colored pigment. Lead was used to create pigment because it was highly opaque, meaning only a small amount was needed.

Lead wasn't just used for creating perfect shades. A heavy metal additive also made the paint more durable, more water resistant, and even decreased drying times.

Long term exposure in small amounts wasn't known to have adverse effects. After some time a "voluntary standard" was constructed to discourage too much lead exposure in short increments of time. However, we now have the research behind and the recognition of lead poisoning. Even small amounts are considered a health risk. It first became clear when it was shown to have adverse effects originating from kids' items produced with lead. This was especially detrimental when kids could have oral exposure and ingest the lead (chewing on toys or crib bars). It was then thought it could still be used in spaces like walls and cabinets safely due to the lesser risk of exposure.

However, children were still sustaining the effects of lead and being tested for lead in blood, with unfortunate results. This evolved into a better understanding of how paint chips and paint debris transfers. The new understanding brought on the banning of lead as a paint ingredient.

Due to lead being used in paint for some time, the issue with lead paint is still occurring to this day. Many people are still unaware of the exposure they or their children presently have. Lead has serious health consequences like developmental delays, abdominal pain, headaches, constipation, fatigue, behavioral/neurological changes, and could even present with no apparent symptoms at first, yet still be fatal. This is why the treatment of lead paint and professional, proper clean up and remediation is vital.

Childhood Lead Exposure Is Still Hurting People Decades Later

Lead poisoning is an extremely dangerous and very real problem that affects the lives of many people throughout the world, and unfortunately, is most commonly found in our homes, schools and other places where we should feel safest. Children often stand the risk of lead exposure from paint most of all, but lead particles can easily be ingested by anyone. However, lead exposure at an early age can be particularly dangerous, as it is the cause of many lasting and serious problems, from anemia, to learning disabilities, to so much more.

But, according to the EPA, there are scientific and technological solutions to solve this lead problem, and they are working with several other departments like Health and Human Services to find them. Together, these organizations are conducting research in many areas of the issue, from finding ways to reduce lead exposure, to researching exactly how to identify and control lead hazards. Scientific discoveries may have shown us the various health consequences our children face from lead poisoning, but now scientific discoveries are taking us down a road of combating and kicking this toxic substance to the curb. By working together to continue to solve this health crisis, we can turn it completely around, and advance toward a healthier, brighter future for children and everyone around the world.

So, what ever became of all the children affected by harmful levels of lead? As adults, are the millions of former lead-poisoned victims still dealing with the consequences of societal carelessness? A recent study initiated by some New Zealand professors carefully analyzed a large group of people who had been diagnosed with lead poisoning as young children; the conclusion revealed something shocking that reinforces the seriousness of proper lead management today.

The investigation was originally published on January 23, 2019 in an article called, "Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With Adult Personality Traits and Lifelong Mental Health". The research followed the lives of over 1000 children for over 30 years, 579 of which were lead-affected at a young age. Of the 579, even after the lead poisoning had been recognized and dealt with early in life, the impact continued to influence the minds, emotions, and behavior of the children well into middle-aged adulthood.

Learning from the Past

It is more important than ever to take lead poisoning seriously in our culture! Carelessness now can result in poor life outcomes, psychopathology, health problems, and even relationship problems for the next generation. Whether it's old paint that needs to be removed, or contaminated soil that needs to be cleaned, we can each play a valuable role in making this world a safer place for ourselves and our children.

The Lead Problem Came in a Paint Can - the Solution Can Too!

ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint!

With our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula! You no longer have to just cover up lead paint, you can treat it!

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Enjoy Greater Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Environmental Paints! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact!

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