A handy guide to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and No VOC Paint

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-based chemicals which let out toxic gases into the air from paints and other products at room temperature. Most VOCs are detectable by a strong odour, but they can be odourless and therefore undetectable. Whether odourless or not, the chemicals remain a danger to our health.

Common VOC compounds found in everyday items include:
Harmful VOCs commonly released by conventional paints: 
  •          Acetone
  •          Benzene
  •          Ethylene Glycol
  •          Ethylbenzene
  •          Formaldehyde
  •          Hexane
  •          Methylene Chloride
  •          Perchloroethylene
  •          Toluene
  •          Xylene
  •          1,3-Butadiene


  •          Benzene
  •          Ethylbenzene
  •          Ethylene Glycol
  •          Toluene
  •          Xylene
  •          Hexane
  •          Cyclohexane
  •          1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene


 The Effects of VOCs

Whilst VOCs are harmful to the environment, it is the risks they pose to our health that is of more concern to most. The low-level effects of VOCs include throat, nose, and eye irritation, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and vomiting, as well as more severe symptoms of asthma. Whilst these are treatable, long-term exposure can lead to an increased chance of cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, and central nervous system damage.

Those who are most likely to suffer from the harmful effects of VOCs are children, the elderly, people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, and those who are particularly sensitive to chemicals.

No VOC Paint from Earthborn

A common problem for eco-friendly renovators is that of avoiding the big name paint producers and the nasty volatile organic compounds that many of their products contain. However, whether decorating inside or out, there is a No VOC Paint for you. Earthborn produces a selection of eco-paints for interior walls, exterior walls, and interior and exterior wood.

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No VOC Interior Paintclaypaint-colours

The Earthborn ranges of interior paints are VOC-free and low/no smell, and there is an array of colours to be found in Claypaint, Emulsion, and Casein Paint varieties.

No VOC Exterior Paintexterior colours

Earthborn’s outdoor wall paint is beautiful, breathable, and durable, and is suited to all kinds of masonry surfaces, including brick, stone, and lime plaster. It is weather resistant, and produces a crisp, white finish. The exterior eco-paints are available in 40 colours which will not discolour with time.

No VOC Wood Paintwoodstain tin

The No VOC wood paint by Earthborn is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional oil based eggshell paints, and the quick-drying range is suitable for use both inside and out.

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