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Evaluating paint choices based on green attributes can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for.
There are three main green paint certifications. Green Seal looks at VOC levels. It also evaluates chemicals used in the manufacturing process and develops its standards in a public forum.
The Master Painters Institute certification develops green performance standards that take into account both a paint’s environmental attributes and its performance.
Greenguard certification focuses on indoor air quality. Paint is tested by placing a sample in a chamber where purified air blown across it. The air is then measured for chemicals as it leaves the chamber.
To be sure that the paint you’re specifying is really green, look for one or more of these certifications on the product.