What are VOCs?

What are VOCs?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in many household products, including paint. They can be harmful to both human health and the environment. Benjamin Moore has innovated and led the way to reducing and even minimizing VOCs in products which competitors are only now starting to follow as regulation changes have forced them to change. In this blog post, we'll explore this trend and the reasons behind it.

First, let's define VOCs. These are organic chemicals that vaporize at room temperature, which can be harmful when inhaled. They are found in many common household products, including paint, cleaning products, and air fresheners. When it comes to paint, VOCs are what give off that strong, sometimes overwhelming smell.

So why is the paint industry moving towards reducing and minimizing VOCs? One reason is regulatory pressure. Many governments around the world have implemented regulations that limit the amount of VOCs allowed in paint products. For example, in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the amount of VOCs allowed in architectural coatings, which includes paint. This regulation is known as the National VOC Emission Standards for Architectural Coatings.

Another reason for this trend is consumer demand. As people become more aware of the potential health risks associated with VOCs, they are looking for products that are safer and healthier. This has led to an increase in demand for low-VOC and zero-VOC paint products.

So what are the benefits of using low-VOC or zero-VOC paint? The most obvious benefit is improved indoor air quality. VOCs can contribute to a range of health problems, including headaches, dizziness, and respiratory issues. By using low-VOC or zero-VOC paint, you can reduce your exposure to these harmful chemicals.

In addition to the health benefits, low-VOC and zero-VOC paint also have environmental benefits. By reducing the amount of VOCs in paint products, manufacturers can help reduce air pollution and limit the release of harmful chemicals into the environment.

At our paint store, we offer a range of Benjamin Moore products all of which are either low-VOC and zero-VOC paint products. These products are just as durable and high-quality as traditional paint products, but without the harmful chemicals. We understand the importance of providing our customers with safe and healthy products, and we are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry to help answer any questions you may have. Just ask!


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