No VOC Paint brands that deliver everything expected of a friendly paint. In our order of preference, here are the zero VOC paints that consumers love!
Best Paints for Your Family & Your Family's Planet.
VOC free paint is defined as paint that has a content of 5 grams per litre (5 g/l) of voc's or less. Although there are paints that truly have none, the standard set by the EPA for low and no voc qualification are 5 g/l for zero VOC's and for Low VOC Paint the grams per litre depend upon the finish of the paint. The more glossy the paint the higher the chemical level
Paints that have a natural binder such as lime, milk, tempera (egg) or clay, bases that can be dissolved in water are a really good start but the third component of paint which is the pigment throws many paints right off the scale.
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Even after tinting these paints remain eco friendly thanks to the use of Benjamin Moore's exclusive eco pigments. And the number of available colors (3,000) rivals all the others.
Expect to pay $50 USD per gallon
Farrow & Ball, based in Dorset, England has maintained strict control over the paints that carry their name by producing all of their paints themselves. The same ingredients have been used since 1946 to produce their high quality, earth friendly products that provide great coverage with brush strokes that quickly disappear. Farrow & Ball products are distributed worldwide and are the priciest paint on our list.
Expect to pay around $80 USD per gallon.
Mythic paint contains zero VOC's, no fungicides and no suspected carcinogens, . They offer online sales but only if you have NO access to an outlet that carries it. Delivery is available in the continental states of the US at no extra cost however, the cost of ordering from the company is higher than if you buy it through a distributor. If you purchase your paint from a distributor, ensure that they use the tints recommended by Mythic. The friendliness of the paint can be seriously compromised by the use of pigments that contain heavy metals and voc's.
This brand is so friendly that Gold Star HoneyBees uses it to paint the roof of their hives black to keep the hives warm in winter.
Expect to pay in the neighborhood of $50.00 per gallon
AFM's Safecoat products are a Doctor recommended eco and health friendly paint. Available in primer, stain and a wide variety of low and zero voc paints.
Expect to pay between $45 and $50 USD per gallon
Expect to pay $35 to $40 USD per gallon.
Yolo produces a beautiful, super friendly paint that has zero voc's, no formaldehyde or phthalates, no carcinogens and no mutagens (not sure what those are but they conjure images of growing another head, don't they?). Some of their colorants are zero VOC and some are not.
Anyway, Yolo is serious about their reputation in the industry and practices green measures beyond the manufacture of their product.
Expect to pay between $35 and $40 USD for a gallon
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