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Definition of VOC


VOCs or volatile organic compounds are gases emitted by certain liquids and solids. VOCs are made from various chemicals that might have long – and short – term health effects. VOC concentrations are usually higher indoors as compared to outdoor spaces. There are thousands of products out there that emit VOCs. Some of the most important are photographic solutions, lacquers and paints, permanent markers, paint strippers, adhesives and glues, cleaning supplies, craft and graphics materials, pesticides, carbonless copy paper, building furnishings and materials, correction fluids, printers, copiers and office equipment.
Unfortunately, VOCs are used in most commercial and household products. Most preservatives, cleansers, varnishes, disinfectants, paints, waxes, dry cleaning products, cosmetics and glues contain volatile organic compounds. Not to mention that VOCs are included in fuels like kerosene and gasoline. Pesticides and cigarette smoke also include VOCs. The sources of VOCs can also come from different household and building materials. For example, wall coverings, vinyl type flooring, new carpeting, wood products with waxes, finishes and glues, draperies, adhesives, and backing can release harmful VOCs.

The different types of VOCs


There are numerous types of volatile organic compounds. They are classified based on different needs and interests. For example, the VOCs can be classified according to their effects, source, use and target organs. There are also volatile organic compounds that come in groups depending on their poisoning potential, physical state, general chemical structure, reactivity and chemical stability. Basically, volatile organic compounds are the physical or chemical agents that interact with various biological systems and cause different adverse responses. These special responses can be included in a diversity of physiological groups and can range from serious to minor responses and effects. They can lead to critical disabilities including cancer or kidney failure or they can cause kidney or liver damage.
The most common types of volatile organic compounds are perchloroethylene, benzene, heptane, methylene chloride, styrene, hexane, trichloroethane and toluene.

The market  features numerous products that don’t contain volatile organic compounds. One of these healthy products is the Benjamin Moore Natura paint. This type of paint has zero VOCs, but it’s still extremely efficient and performing. The Benjamin Moore paint is resistant to fading, odorless, durable and washable. The product makes use of the innovative waterborne Aura technology to offer a high – quality and eco – friendly paint. Natura comes in a wide array of colors and shades and even if it contains colorants, it doesn’t have any VOC. There are plenty of so called zero VOCs paints out there that contain VOCs because of the colorant. Natura is one of the only paints that’s odorless and that doesn’t have VOCs. It comes in primer, flat, semi – gloss and eggshell and it’s mainly used for the interiors. Moreover, it is resistant to splatter and 100% acrylic latex. Not to mention that it is VOC compliant and follows the special Green Promise designation.

Choose zero-VOC paint for you and your family


Zero-VOC paint will keep your family safe because it does not contain harmful chemicals. It is odorless and it can be washed extremely easily. Often used for the insides of people’s homes, the paint is eco-friendly. It will improve air quality and your family won’t develop any kinds of respiratory problems. Additionally, zero-VOC paints are extremely helpful for people with chemical sensitivity and allergies.

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