Green paints – and we’re not talking colour – are rising stars in the world of sustainable home improvement, and for all the right reasons.

When it comes to transforming your living space with a fresh coat of paint, you’re probably focused on the colour, finish, and aesthetics. But have you ever considered the environmental and health effects of your choices?

What is considered a ‘green’ paint?

Green paints, in essence, are environmentally friendly paint options that prioritise sustainability, health, and reduced environmental impact. They are formulated with the goal of minimising harm to both our health and the planet. These paints can be easily distinguished by their low or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content.

Low VOC Paints:
Low VOC paints contain significantly lower levels of volatile organic compounds compared to traditional paints. VOCs are chemicals that can be released into the air during and after painting, contributing to indoor air pollution and various health issues. Low VOC paints are an excellent choice for those who are looking for a balance between performance and eco-friendliness. They emit fewer harmful fumes, making the painting process safer for both you and the environment.

A person using a roller to paint a wall


Zero VOC Paints:
Zero VOC paints take it a step further by containing virtually no volatile organic compounds. This means that they are incredibly gentle on the air quality inside your home. Zero VOC paints are an ideal choice for families, especially those with young children, pets, or individuals with allergies or sensitivities to chemicals. They offer the same vibrant colours and durable finish without compromising your health.

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Why go green?

Green paints are a healthier alternative for a multitude of reasons:

Improved indoor air quality: Low or zero-VOC paints release fewer harmful chemicals into your home’s air during and after painting. This significantly reduces indoor air pollution and the associated health risks, such as respiratory problems, headaches and skin irritations, to name a few.

Allergy and Asthma-friendly: Using green paints can help those with allergies or asthma, as they don’t exacerbate these conditions. These paints are free from the harsh chemicals that can trigger allergies and respiratory issues.

Green paints are environmentally friendly: The benefits of green paints extend beyond the walls of your home. By opting for paints with lower VOC levels, you’re contributing to a cleaner environment. Traditional paints release VOCs into the atmosphere, contributing to air pollution and smog formation.

A tin of paint and paint supplies


Many green paints are made with sustainable and natural ingredients, reducing the reliance on non-renewable resources and promoting eco-friendly production methods. And that’s not all – green paints are designed to have a long-lasting, durable finish. This means fewer repaints, less waste, and a reduced impact on landfills.

Choosing green paints is a small change that can make a big difference. By opting for these sustainable paints, you’re not only safeguarding your family’s health but also contributing to a cleaner environment. So, the next time you decide to give your living space a makeover, consider letting green paints adorn your walls!


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A version of this article was published in the Garden&Home November 2023 print magazine.

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