A large proportion of our interior and exterior products are zero or low VOC. Low and zero VOC paint contains fewer if any VOCs and is a much safer choice for your family and the environment. At Tikkurila we specialise in manufacturing water-based paint products that significantly reduce the VOC emissions during paint production. Our zero and low VOC paints are non-toxic, eco-friendly, water-based solutions with low odour and long-lasting results.
What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that are added to paint and other household products that turn into vapours or gases at room temperature. VOCs are often added to paint to improve how well it clings to walls, decrease the dry time, and keep it looking fresh for years, but those added chemicals can create other issues. The chemicals are used in all industries, from paints and building materials, to soaps and cleaning products. The chemicals let off gases that can be harmful to people’s health and pollute the environment, therefore it is better to use low VOC or zero VOC paint. The higher the VOC content, the lower the indoor air quality and the greater the contribution to pollution.
Zero VOC Paint
Ultra Low VOC Paint
What are low VOC paints?
Low VOC paints are paints are those classed with less than 50 grams of VOC per litre of paint. (Between 5-30 g/l is classed as Ultra Low VOC, while anything below 5g/l is classed as Zero VOC.)
As a rule of thumb, water-based paints generally fall into this categorisation, whilst traditional oil-based paints contain more significant levels of VOC. It’s worth noting that water-based paints may still contain trace elements of VOC, not necessarily because they’ve been added into the paint in the manufacturing process, but because they may be present in preceding raw materials used to subsequently make the raw materials that are used in the paints.
Tikkurila includes product data sheets on the web pages of our interior decorative paint products for transparency, which include a breakdown of the ingredients and product compounds. On these sheets, we include a VOC categorisation field that lists the grams per litre of VOCs present in the paint. (This is not required for brands to include – but we choose to do so). We as a manufacturer choose to be verifiable, accurate and non-misleading here
If you suffer from asthma, it’s worth choosing a Zero VOC paint, otherwise, the decision is usually just a preference for one type of paint over another.
Our Promise to You
At Tikkurila we do not use the accreditations we hold to market ourselves as a natural or Eco paint manufacturer. Rather, we believe providing safe products to our customers is a normal function as such and all of our interior paints are accredited and tested to the highest standards.
We have a portfolio of market leading breathable systems which have been stringently and independently tested to the highest Scandinavian and European standards.