There are two types of paint: Those with or without warning labels or toxic or non-toxic. A Zero VOC paint is generally considered to be a toxic paint, unless it specifically says non-toxic.
Zero VOC paints are formulated without solvents that are classified by the EPA as air pollutants. When released into the atmosphere, VOCs are known to cause smog, ozone depletion, and serious respiratory problems. While removing these chemicals from paint is a step in the right direction, zero VOC paints still contain known carcinogens, mutagens, and neurotoxins in their formulas. A Non-Toxic paint does not.
Labels that read “Zero VOC” can also be misleading. The EPA allows paints that contain 5 grams per liter (or less) of VOCs to claim a “Zero VOC” title, despite the fact that VOCs are incorporated into the formula. It is also important to check that the colorants added by your local paint supplier are VOC free. Most brands that carry a Zero VOC product will specify that special Zero VOC colorants are used, but that does not necessarily mean these are the colorants your paint store has on hand. And even many colorants that are free of VOCs contain EPA listed “Chemicals of Concern.”
While 5 grams per liter may not seem like a huge deal when taking on a small painting project, it is important to note that VOCs can continue to off-gas anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 years after the paint has dried. To people with small children, asthma, allergies, or any form of chemical sensitivities this can mean serious health ramifications. Not to mention the fact that indoor air pollution can be anywhere from 2 to 100 times higher than outdoor pollution.
Aside from hidden VOCs, Zero VOC paints do contain many toxic chemicals that are hazardous to the environment, people, and animals. Choosing a non-toxic paint is an easy way to avoid these chemicals.
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