There are increasing concerns about the impact of air pollution on our health. You can compare the levels of air pollution that can be released by paints by looking for the VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) labels. Choosing a level that is minimal will reduce your family’s exposure to paint fumesAlthough almost all emulsion paint is now water based, it has taken longer to develop alternatives to solvent based trim paints. Gloss paint and varnish that is described as quick drying or non-yellowing is often water based, but still check the VOC label. For trim paints, low or minimal represents fewer fumes.