The Complete Guide to Eco-Friendly Paints

    Today, due to the leaps in research we have a greater understanding of environmental issues. This has pushed the trend towards adopting sustainable practices.

              When it comes to painting projects one of the most common complaints clients have is the odor, which makes inhabiting a freshly painted space difficult. What clients may not know is that this smell is partially due to the paint emitting VOCs or ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’.  These chemically unstable compounds within the paint and colorants let off chemicals that are harmful to both people and the environment.

In indoor-painting VOC’s can accumulate within the housing structure (villa or apartment) and cause irritation to you airways, headaches, nausea, and even damage to your liver, kidney, and central nervous system.




Low VOC paints have reduced levels of Volatile Organic Compounds so are essentially less harmful. However, by definition ‘Low’ VOC is only a relative term in comparison other higher VOC paints. The label is arbitrary at best, generally a paint having less than 50 grams of VOC per liter it is considered to be ‘Low Voc’.

Paint brands that have Low VOC options include Jotun, Farrow & Ball, Behr, and Benjamin Moore.



In contrast ZERO VOC is absolute term, ZERO VOC paints have no VOCs in them. An absolute ZERO VOC paint even uses colorants that have no VOCs in them.

Benjamin Moore is specifically known for its ZERO VOC environmentally friendly and environmentally conscious paints.



Natural paints are 100% organic and have 0 emissions. A great natural paints is NATURA by Benjamin Moore.


Zero VOC paints offer the greatest benefit in having very little odor. Additionally, they tend to dry quickly and offer a highly durable finish.


For genuine paints contact Authorized Benjamin Moore or other paint retailers directly. Ask your paint retailer for total information on their eco-friendly paint offerings.  

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