DD--What Are VOCs?

What Are VOCs?

Learn more about VOCs here.

Zero VOC paint does not necessarily mean non-toxic, healthy, or safe. Also, the EPA1 allows paint to be called Zero VOC even if the VOC content in it is not actually zero.  In addition, zero VOC paints can contain harmful chemicals, like highly toxic formaldehyde, which is not always required to be identified on the label. Finally, the Zero VOC certification may only refer to the base paint - not the color tint.


Painting a single room with a “Zero VOC” product (containing five grams per liter of VOCs) will produce about the same mass of volatiles as if you sprayed out the entire contents of a can of deodorant. (There would be ten times this amount with low VOC paints).


The problem is that VOCs from paint can cause serious health effects including skin and eye irritation, kidney damage, cancer, reproductive disruption, respiratory issues and impaired cognitive functions.

1EPA Method 24 allows for up to 5g/L of VOCs for products called zero VOC

2Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here and here.

ECOS Paints Are Zero VOC2


At ECOS, we have striven to go above and beyond common industry standards and green certifications to create the best Zero VOC paint. Our products do not contain the solvents, white spirit, turpentine, terpenes, ethereal oils, glycols, coalescents, vinyl chloride, acrolein, formaldehyde and formaldehyde donors, heavy metals, phthalates, APEOs and acrylic softeners found in many traditional paints. Instead, we offer a water based, zero VOC, glycol free, toxic solvent free, alternative with no traditional paint (polyurethane) odor, which can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues.


So, whether you’re looking for zero VOC paint, zero VOC varnish, zero VOC primer, or zero VOC stain - consider going one step further with ECOS Paints.

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