According to UK-based Ethical Consumers, plant-based, water-borne paints are better choices than plant-based, solvent-borne ones with natural solvents. VOCs are vapours from paint solvents that affect the air quality we breathe. Some people are more sensitive than others, but with extended exposure to the toxic fumes, most people experience eye, nose and throat irritation or headaches, and worse, particularly with children, develop asthma and respiratory-related allergies. To prevent this, as much as possible avoid products with titanium dioxide as whitener.
While the governments from both sides of the continents are taking steps to restrict VOC in paints, your professional residential Kitchener painters can educate you on how to spot the least-polluting paints.