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Go green with low-VOC interior paints

Be sure to read the product label and only choose healthy paints for your interior. (Photo courtesy of Susan and John Croxton)

Be sure to read the product label and only choose healthy paints for your interior. (Photo courtesy of Susan and John Croxton)

Improving indoor air quality in your home starts by choosing paints that emit very little or no toxic breathable gases known as Volatile Organic Compounds.

"When a product label says 'use in a ventilated area,' you know it can't be safe," says Terry Black, owner of Green Way Supply in Indianapolis, who adds that healthy paints are similar in cost to any premium paint, cover well and are just as durable. "You don't have to compromise your values to buy a green product."

Angie's List talked to dozens of homeowners and green building experts like Black from across the country about their favorite green paints. Here are the two we heard about most, plus a few others:

AFM Safecoat | safecoatpaint.com
AFM offers a complete line of chemically responsible, nonpolluting paints and finishes that will help you breathe easier.
Cost: $32 to $42 per gallon

Sherwin-Williams | sherwin.com
Sherwin-Williams Harmony Interior Latex water-based, low-odor paints are made up of a no-VOC formula, making it great for indoor air quality. When hiring a painter, also ask about Sherwin Williams ProGreen 200 low-odor, low-VOC paints.
Cost: Harmony starts at $34.49 per gallon; ProGreen 200 starts at $35.79 per gallon

More choices for low-VOCs

Green Planet Paints | greenplanetpaints.com
American Pride Interior Paint | americanpridepaint.com
BioShield Healthy Living Paints | bioshieldpaint.com
Pittsburgh Paints | pittsburghpaints.com
Duron Paints & Wallcoverings | duron.com


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