According to Consumer Report, the top low-VOC finishes were: Benjamin Moore Aura, $57, and True Value Easy Care, $25, both low-luster; flat-finish Olympic Premium (Lowe’s), $17, a Consumer Report Best Buy; and in the semigloss category, Sears Best Easy Living Ultra, $25, another Consumer Report Best Buy.
Here are some other brands + reviews (from Apartment Therapy post -for full list visit http://www.renest.com):
- Bioshield Clay and Casein paints: natural raw ingredient paints; just add water to ready-to-mix powder. Be sure to check out their closeouts section (we like the Mandarin Milk Paint).
- Yolo Colorhouse: water-based, Green Seal certified, and zero-VOC paint created by Portland, Oregon-based artists, Janie Young and Virginia Lowe. Available in a palette of 40 hues are specifically designed for interiors and categorized by nature’s spectrum of air, grain, leaf, water, stone, clay and the bright hued petal range. And their packaging is really lovely.
- Sherwin-Williams Harmony Interior Latex: A Good Housekeeping choice, the Harmony line uses sustainable raw materials, like soy and sunflower oil in their formulation to keep solvent content low and VOCs in the zero-VOC range. Advertised as mildew and bacteria resistant.
- Green Planet Paints: Soy-based resins with clay formulations and mineral pigments keep this line of paint as organic as your farmer’s market produce. We also like that they disclose all ingredients in their paint formulas right there on the can.