UNFORTUNATELY, PAINTING YOUR home is not a green activity. Why? Because products such as acrylic latex have a very high embodied energy—producing them takes a toll on the environment. It’s key, therefore, to maximize paint durability. You might think that switching to vinyl siding is a more “permanent” solution, but vinyl products come with a different set of environmental drawbacks. There’s no perfect solution. You can, however, take several steps to make sure your finishes last as long as possible on your new siding. Old siding is a bigger challenge, but in general, the same rules apply.