Cleaning and Toxics
Use Low Voc Paint And Carpet

What Is It?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are emitted by a wide array of products, including different paints and carpets. In general, VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors, but low VOC products contain lower levels of these gases than their traditional counterparts.


Purchasing low VOC paint and carpet reduces employee exposure to chemicals and limits pollutants released into landfills, groundwater and the ozone layer. Additionally, with low VOC paint and carpeting, fewer toxic fumes are released during paint application and carpet installation, work areas can be re-occupied faster, and the cost of cleanup and disposal is less than with traditional paint.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • Dana-Farber
  • Equity
  • Federal Reserve
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • Gillette
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • New England Aquarium
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Save that Stuff
  • Zoo New England

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

A Few Examples of Workplaces Around Boston Using Low VOC Paint and/or Carpet

A Small Sample of Low VOC Paint and/or Carpet Suppliers


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