Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Identifying Greener Paints and Coatings

Environmental Attributes to Consider*

  • Reduction/elimination of toxics (ammonia, formaldehyde, crystalline silica, odor masking agents, fungicides) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Recycled-content
  • Salvaged excess paints (some vendors can remix into almost any color)
  • Alternative paints (lime, milk protein, clay, and earth-based pigments)
  • Manufacturer or retailer take-back and recycling options

*Depending upon the performance requirements (e.g., interior or exterior), building occupants, project scope, and other considerations.

How to Buy

Government Resources

Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers Exit
Model specification language for green building construction.

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