Your Guide to Low-VOC and Zero-VOC Paints

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The best way to compare the many green shades of paint is to start with the VOC content found on paint can labels. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are emitted from paint as potentially harmful gases and manufacturers have developed paints with reduced VOCs to meet consumer demand and indoor air quality regulations.

The number generally accepted for a low-VOC paint is less that 50 grams per liter, but the lower the number, the better. The lowest VOC amounts are generally found in light colored, flat, latez paint.

To learn about additional color and finish options, download this chart from Better Homes and Gardens which compares low-voc products from 30 companies and identifies:

  • Green paint collections
  • VOC content
  • Price
  • Contact information

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