Spring is in the air. Why mask it with that ‘new paint smell’?

Whether you are painting a home for resale or fixing up your newly-bought property with a fresh coat of colour, paint fumes don’t have to be part of the picture


In response to consumer demand, leading paint producers now offer brands with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are chemicals that contribute to that ‘new paint smell’ that can sometimes linger for days – even weeks – after a painting project is finished.  

Due to concerns over the impact of VOCs on our environment and health, there is a growing trend among Canadians to seek out paints with low or no VOCs. The quality of these paints has improved dramatically over the last decade.

Here are five major brands advertised in Canada as having low or no VOCs:

  • Horizon by Cloverdale Paints
  • Lifemaster® by Glidden Professional (formerly ICI Dulux)
  • Natura™ by Benjamin Moore
  • Olympic Premium Zero-VOC

Not all low VOC paints are created equally. In Canada, Ottawa-based Eco Logo gives its third-party seal to low-VOC paints that meet its standards. In the U.S., the Green Seal organization provides certification for products meeting its specifications. 

Brands of low and no-VOC paints by manufacturers Denalt, Bétonel and Sico are among those that have achieved the Ecologo seal.

Boomerang Paints is an environmentally conscious company that recycles used paint and resells it under its low VOC brand.  Boomerang paints are available in a variety of retail locations in eastern Canada.

Most paint manufacturers offer retail store locators on their websites. Low VOC brands vary in price. If you are not sure how much paint you will need to purchase for your next project, visit the RONA online paint calculator.

Always recycle unused paint.  Recycling drop off locations can be found by typing “paint recycling” – plus the name of your city – into the Google search bar on your web browser.

Martin Minda

Martin Minda

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