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Casa Verde: Zero and Low VOC Paint

Most of us probably don't think much about the hazardous chemicals we inhale in our own homes, but using low or no VOC paint is a simple way to improve your indoor air quality. VOCs, or "volatile organic compounds," are the chemical solvents found in most house paints, and because they evaporate at room temperature, the preservatives give off unhealthy fumes.

The safest interior paints contain no VOCs. But zero VOC paints, such as those made by Yolo Colorhouse tend to be pricey. For a cheaper option, try low VOC paint; Treehugger has some great recommendations about the best brands. Whether you choose a zero or low VOC option, look for the Green Seal certification on the label.

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