Typical household paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals, of which 300 are known toxins and 150 have been linked to cancer. Some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint are volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These chemicals aren’t something you want to spray on your body or potentially even keep inside your home. Some VOC coatings have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage
Armed with this information, consumers have begun to demand safer alternatives that address environmental and health concerns. Manufacturers have therefore risen to the challenge, by developing high-quality, latex-based coatings and adhesives called Low-VOC and No-VOC paints that are widely available and sold by most major paint manufacturers, including our Phoenix semiconductor company.
Latex paints use water as their solvent and carrier, allowing both easier cleanup and generally lower toxicity than oil-based paints. Latex coatings include various thermoplastic resin particles, covered by an emulsifier for keeping the particles separate in the liquid phase. The Global Industry Analysts (GIA) reported that the market for latex coatings is projected to witness strong growth driven by increasing awareness about health hazards of VOC containing paints and coatings.
Three Ways to Spot a Low-VOC or No-VOC Paint:
50 g/L or Below
VOC levels are expressed in pounds per gallon (lbs/gal) or grams per liter (g/l). Most low-VOC paints sold by reputable dealers tend to have levels of 50 g/L or below. Keep in mind that the numbers cited on the paint can are measurements taken before the paint’s pigment or any additives are added, both of which can contribute more VOCs.
The Green Seal
Paint that carries the Green Seal is guaranteed to meet high environmental standards and performance requirements. Green Seal paints are forbidden from using a long list of toxic chemical compounds including carcinogens, reproductive toxins, hazardous air pollutants, heavy metals and formaldehyde-donors.
Made primarily of naturally occurring materials like clay, lime, linseed oil and chalk, natural paints do not use any synthetic oil products and are naturally low in VOCs regulated by the EPA for air quality. Always check the ingredients on the label because some natural paints may contain unregulated VOCs.
In addition to eco-premium solutions and VOC coating reduction, look for paint that contains at least 30 percent solids. You won’t have to apply that third coat after all.
Shin-Etsu MicroSi is a Phoenix semiconductor company who offers a number of products, including lithography and other eco-premium solutions that avoid VOC coating. Our leadership is expressed through our customized service delivery, thermally conductive products, and friendly responsiveness. To learn more about how our Phoenix semiconductor company can offer products and eco-premium solutions to help you better serve your customers, call Shin-Etsu MicroSi at (480) 893-8898 or contact us online.