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Low-VOC Paints

What Are Low VOC Paints?
Low VOC paints contain reduced levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which emit smog-producing pollutants into the air. Switching to low VOC paints is easy – it requires no new tools or equipment and VOC levels are listed on all paint can labels. Additionally, these paints often cost less per gallon that conventional paints.

How Can This Improve Air Quality?
Many interior and outdoor paints used today contain high levels of VOCs to help them dry faster. Unfortunately, VOCs emit smog-forming chemicals into the air that are a major contributor to ground-level ozone pollution. Lower VOC paints preserve both indoor and outdoor air quality and reduce the incidence of eye or respiratory irritation from exposure to VOC fumes.

Who Should Participate?
Anyone responsible for specifying or doing the labor associated with household or commercial painting should use low VOC paints to help reduce air pollution and join Clean Air Counts!

Why Should You Use Low VOC Paints?

Benefits of using low VOC paints include:
  • Lower levels of ozone pollution
  • Fewer emissions of smog-forming chemicals
  • Proven performance equal to that of conventional paints
  • Low VOC paints are cost competitive
  • No special equipment needed
  • Reduced incidents of eye and respiratory irritation from fewer fumes
  • Better indoor and outdoor air quality
  • Being a good citizen
  • Recognition
 
Clean Air Counts is a voluntary, public-private initiative to reduce smog-forming pollutants and energy consumption in the greater Chicago, six-county region. It is a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Illinois Environmental Agency, US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5 and the Delta Institute.
 
 
 
 
 
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