Paint Green with Zero VOC

Going green — By Stephanie on March 29, 2010 at 6:20 am
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How "green" is your paint?

Spring is the time of year that many homeowners look to spruce up their living spaces with new paint, floor coverings and other home improvement projects.  Yet, the chemicals in some of these materials may outgas harmful chemicals that can make people sick!

Fortunately, today you can paint green with zero-VOC or low-VOC paints and stains.  Most major paint manufacturers offer low or no-VOC options, which can be found at major hardware store chains.  Can you imagine getting a paint job done without having to clear out the kids and pets, or throwing the windows open for hours?  Its possible!

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) generally include the chemicals that give paint that smell with which you are probably familiar.  Benzene, formaldehyde and other petroleum-based compounds comprise the majority of VOCs.  But its not just the odor that is offensive.  Some VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and headaches, according to the EPA.  Particularly sensitive people may even suffer difficulty breathing after exposure.

To purchase and use a safe paint, look for low-VOC products that have less than 50 grams per liter of VOC, or zero-VOC versions with less than 5 grams per liter.  Just make sure that the paint or stain you purchase is certified by Green Seal.

When the VOCs are removed from paint, stain or sealant, what is put in?  In general, you’ll find acrylic or soy-based options, even orange-peel oils.  They’ll bind to the walls without the harmful outgassing of their VOC-based cousins.

So, when you want to paint green with zero VOCs, consider the following:

  • Look at the back of the paint can to examine the ingredients
  • Smell the paint to see if the odor is offensive
  • Know that low or zero-VOC paint or stain options are only $5-10 more expensive per can
  • A full rainbow of colors are available – no worries about color choice!
  • Imagine painting and sleeping in your home the same day… its possible when you remove the VOCs!
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Low or no-VOC paints come in many colors

Green now comes in a full palate of colors.  Take off the face mask and don’t send the family away for the weekend!

Just ask your local hardware store assistant to help you pick a low or zero-VOC paint and freshen up your home in every sense.

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  1. Joanna says:

    I had no idea paint could be paint without the smell! Thanks!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I know – pretty amazing! We have some painting projects this spring and I’m excited to try out zero VOC options. :)

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