Zero and low voc paint
VOC is short for volatile organic compound. In plain terms, these are chemical liquids that evaporate at room temperature. Examples of these include solvents used in low VOC or traditional paints (such as propylene glycol and paint thinner/turpentine).
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has identified paints to be a major contributor to VOCs inside our homes and in the environment. VOCs contribute to poor indoor air quality, have measurable negative effects on human health, and VOCs contribute to smog/air pollution.
Technically, the term “zero VOC” paint applies to paints that have < 5 g/L of VOC. The term “low VOC” paint has been applied to paints having a wide range of VOCs from 50 g/L to as much as 250 g/L.
Using a zero VOC paint is better for people and the environment! If everyone in the United States used zero VOC paint instead of ‘low VOC’ or traditional paints, we would eliminate between 150 million to 1 billion pounds of chemical solvent from being released into the atmosphere.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOC concentrations are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher). Paint is a significant contributor to indoor air quality because walls and ceilings are roughly 70% of your interiors surface. For more information on indoor air quality go to www.epa.gov/iaq
Traditional resins/binders (the stuff that sticks to the wall and binds the pigment) required chemical solvents to form a film as the paint dried. YOLO Colorhouse is utilizing state of the art technology that does not require chemical solvents in the paint formulating process. The only solvent that we have in our paint is water. YOLO Colorhouse worked with environmental experts and academics to perfect our formula to have a low impact on human health and the environment.