Clean Air

Most people now spend 90% of their time indoors. We're working to help them keep their air clean and safe.

Paint for Clean Air
100% interior paint low or zero VOC

PAINT

We wanted to offer our customers affordable low VOC paints that they could use even in the most sensitive situations including a home with someone suffering from asthma or in a newborn’s nursery.

So we worked with our suppliers, Behr and Glidden, who reformulated their paints to be low VOC. Our goal is for customers to not have to pay more for environmentally preferred products. Today, 100% of our interior and exterior water-based broad wall paints are low or zero VOC, and nearly all our interior wall paints are GREENGUARD® Gold certified. Our chemical policy published in 2017 outlines chemicals of concern we have banned from paint products.

Indoor Air Quality clean air
90% of our time is spent indoors

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

According to the EPA, we are spending about 90% of our time indoors – and some air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.

Our efforts to help our customers have healthier indoor air quality include offering the best air filters that remove particles even as small as 1 micron (for comparison, a human hair is approximately 100 microns). Air filters are the unsung heroes of healthy indoor air quality, and changing them every 3 months can save about $100 a year in energy costs for the average home. Air purifiers are increasingly important, and ENERGY STAR® certified units are 40% more energy-efficient and can save $220 over the product’s lifetime.

We have been working to improve indoor air quality through products we have identified as having the greatest impact on indoor air quality including paint, insulation and flooring. In 2017, we published a chemical policy banning key chemicals of concern from these product categories. We recognize GREENGUARD Gold certification on several of our adhesive products and are proud of the investments our suppliers are making in ensuring their products are optimal for contributing to healthy indoor air quality. Finally, we have partnered with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) since 2014 to advance the adoption of green chemistry and safer alternatives to advance the adoption of sustainable products.