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Quiz: How low can your VOCs go?
by Staff
The most important environmental- and health-related issue facing us when embarking on a house-painting project is the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the materials. Take this quiz to learn more about low-VOC paints!

True or False: Zero-VOC paints are nontoxic.

  • true
  • false

Which of these toxic ingredients are paint companies required to list?

  • acetone
  • formaldehyde
  • both of the above

Which of these is NOT an effect of VOC off-gassing?

  • eye irritation
  • cancer
  • none of the above

Of the 176 million pounds of VOC emissions generated in California, about how much comes from paint?

  • 10 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 67 percent

VOCs are used as a solvent in oil-based paint to keep the other ingredients dissolved. How much of the paint's ingredients do VOCs usually make up?

  • 5 to 10 percent
  • 40 to 60 percent
  • 65 to 80 percent

Water-based paints use water as the main solvent, but they still contain about what percentage of VOCs?

  • 3 to 5 percent
  • 5 to 10 percent
  • 15 to 20 percent

So-called zero-VOC paints are still allowed to contain what amount of VOCs per liter?

  • 1 gram
  • 5 grams
  • 15 grams

How many grams of VOCs are low-VOC paints allowed to contain per liter?

  • 50 grams
  • 200 grams
  • 300 grams

For a varnish to be considered low-VOC, how many grams of VOCs can it contain per liter?

  • 50 grams
  • 200 grams
  • 300 grams

If a paint earns the "Green Seal," how many grams of VOCs does it contain per liter?

  • 5 to 10 grams
  • 20 to 50 grams
  • 50 to 150 grams