In an effort to keep your new painting project as green as possible, we recommend choosing low-VOC or zero-VOC paint. These paints produce little or no odor and their performance rivals that of their conventional counterparts. Paint manufacturers are increasingly producing low-VOC paints, and for good reason. Here are a few reasons for the use of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are liquids and solids that easily convert to gas or vapor at room temperature. Many paint products contain VOCs and they have been linked to a variety of health problems. These health problems include watery eyes, asthma, headaches, cancer and respiratory disease.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, here is a list of VOCs found in paint:
Ethylene glycol- The very same chemical compound found in antifreeze
Formaldehyde- Yes, that formaldehyde
Benzene- Linked to leukemia
Plus, paint contains a variety of other flammable and toxic chemicals. Paint stores usually list the hazardous materials found in paint. If not, you can find them on the manufacturer’s website.
The current regulations, as set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, limits latex paint VOCs at less than 250 grams per liter and oil-based paints at less than 380 grams per liter. Low-VOC paints set levels of latex paints at lower than 50 grams per liter and less than 150 grams per liter for oil-based paints. Some manufacturers go even lower than this. Only paint that contains less than 5 grams of VOCs per liter can be labeled zero-VOC.
We are a painting company in North County San Diego offering low-VOC and zero-VOC paints for our eco-friendly customers. Visit our website to see other ways in which we go green.