Low-VOC Paints and Stains

Are you thinking of taking on a home painting project soon? Before you start, consider the paint you will be using, as some paints are more environmentally friendly than others. When selecting paints (both interior or exterior), look for paints that have low levels of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemicals contribute to ozone, smog, and respiratory problems. It is expected that the EPA will propose VOC limits this year; low-VOC interior paints cannot contain more than 50 grams per liter, low-VOC exterior paints range from between 100 and 250 grams per liter, and low-VOC stains should not exceed 250 grams perm liter. For more information, or to see a list of recommended low-VOC paints, check out the June 2010 Consumer Reports Paint Buying Guide or visit:
Consumer Reports Green Product Watch: Best Low-VOC Paints and Stains