Why Whiteboard Paint Inspires Creativity in the Workplace

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Creative ideas come forth easily when high-quality whiteboard painted walls are installed in the office, classroom, clinic or other venue. Among the many reasons businesses are choosing ReMARKable whiteboard paint for their dry-erase applications are their affordability, practicality, cost-saving benefits, and potential to inspire new ideas and a sense of enjoyment and camaraderie among employees and managers alike.

Affordable prices along with environmental benefits

You can install quality whiteboard painted walls in your office for a fraction of the cost of traditional dry erase boards, which don’t provide near the surface area for writing and drawing offered by spacious dry erase walls. With a 4’ x 6’ framed whiteboard costing as much as $200, it’s no wonder that more and more businesses are switching to dry erase walls in their offices, where a 50-square-foot area can be covered for the same cost or less. In many cases, such a purchase will allow an entire wall to be painted and used as a dry erase surface, providing much more space than a standard whiteboard for writing notes or drawing mind maps large enough for everyone in a meeting to see. Moreover, dry erase walls last on average three times longer than standard framed whiteboards, allowing for even greater cost savings over time, as well as reduced waste.

Besides being limited in size, traditional whiteboards have a negative impact on the environment, as they cannot be recycled and are non-biodegradable, meaning they are not able to be decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms to return to nature. Thus, after they’ve outlived their usefulness, whiteboards are invariably sent to local landfills, many of which have already reached their full capacity in the US and other countries.

Practicality and safety of using a whiteboard wall

Not only are whiteboard painted walls ideal for ensuring cost savings and reducing waste, due to their immense size and ease of use they’re also extremely practical. Because of the wear-resistant and smudge-resistant finish of dry erase walls, they can last for ten-plus years before needing to be replaced. By contrast, traditional whiteboards have to be purchased approximately every three years, and throughout their lifetimes are susceptible to ghosting and smudging, which can disrupt the creative flow of ideas and requires regular maintenance, often by staff members who have better ways to spend their time than cleaning whiteboards.
In addition, traditional whiteboards are usually framed with a metal or plastic border and so can appear bulky, being comprised of both the whiteboard itself and a chunky mounting. Besides consuming valuable space in the office or classroom, standard whiteboards can also be health and safety hazards, especially in locations such as classrooms or offices where they could fall from walls and cause injuries.

Greater organization, reduced paper costs, and eco-friendliness

Giving yourself and your staff access to dry erase surfaces on walls, doors, desktops, and other areas enables you to jot down notes and write memos at any time without the need for paper products, many of which never get reused or recycled or are difficult to recycle due to their composition. You’ll thus become more organized and won’t have to worry about misplacing notepads, sticky notes or loose scraps of paper containing important information. On whiteboard painted walls you can organize your thoughts, make your to-do lists, erase, and start all over again with a new set of items. With our erasable dry erase surfaces, arranging your ideas on the wall or other area and then editing sections as you go is a stress-free process. And you’ll have no papers to misplace, tear or stain, thus ensuring that you’re protecting your ideas and memos and also lessening the waste entering the environment.

In this way your office supply budget can be reduced, and both the planet and your company’s bottom line will benefit. Writing notes by hand also helps people to retain information better than typing notes on a tablet, laptop, or other device, and this is best done on an eco-friendly surface such as a whiteboard painted wall instead of on sticky notes or other paper-based materials that are easily lost and hard to recycle or reuse. Having fewer stacks of paper on a desk enables you to be more orderly, and writing on whiteboard walls also allows employees to see all of their notes and memos with a single glance, so they’ll be less prone to forget anything important.

Regarding the environmental friendliness of sticky notes, they may have been a revolutionary innovation 30 years ago, and may appear harmless today, but they can ruin books and interfere with the paper recycling process. As the University of California, San Diego Library’s website warns, while post-it notes are handy to use and can be removed from the surface of most types of paper, these seemingly harmless bits of paper should never be used in books. When employed as bookmarks, traces of their adhesive coating always remain, even when they’re removed quickly. The adhesive then hardens and leaves behind a film that turns acidic, causing the paper in the book pages to become discolored and brittle.

Besides their damaging effects on books, sticky notes are considered to be environmental contaminants for high-grade paper by most paper mills and by companies that collect paper for recycling, due to the adhesives they contain. The State of California’s recycling office supports this point, saying that sticky notes are typically colored, making them incompatible for recycling with white paper. Fluorescent-colored post-it notes are especially problematic when included with white paper for recycling. So, from the standpoints of ecology and paper reprocessing, it’s best to avoid using sticky notes and instead find an eco-friendly alternative such as high-quality dry erase painted walls, which have many times larger surfaces for writing notes, while leaving a much smaller ecological footprint on the planet.

Inspire creativity and an atmosphere of fun using a whiteboard wall

Not only are dry erase walls practical for writing notes and inspiring creativity, they also have an extremely durable finish that will last for many years, unlike regular paint, which requires numerous touch ups over time. Moreover, office doors can be turned into whiteboard surfaces, which employees can then use as message boards to indicate if they’re in or out of their offices or busy with clients. Besides leaving in-or-out messages, if each employee is provided with a set of markers and a dedicated space on a dry erase door for taking notes and comparing ideas, their creative inspirations, sense of camaraderie, mutual trust, and friendship will all blossom.

In addition, many businesses are now encouraging employees to relax and have fun during slow work periods, and one of the most effortless ways to do so is to let staff members use their markers and a designated space on a whiteboard wall for creating “works of art.” To encourage inventiveness, contests among employees may also be held to see who can produce the most original, beautiful or detailed drawing. An added advantage is that once the contest is over, the walls can be erased until the next round of activity begins.

In these ways, you can follow the trend now popular with many businesses toward more leniency in the use of company time, so as to ensure that employees are happy with their jobs and comfortable in the workplace. When urging your staff to let loose their inner creativity by means of dry erase painted walls and doors, the number of great ideas that can be generated has no limits. Today more and more businesses are realizing the value of letting employees relax occasionally and engage in recreation, and one of the easiest, most affordable ways to do so is to incorporate whiteboard painted walls in individual offices as well as communal areas such as break areas and conference rooms.