September 10, 2014
Zero VOC paint is gaining ground with consumers as the paint of choice due to growing concerns about indoor air quality and home toxins. At Dunn-Edwards Paints, zero VOC paint is the standard along with a steadfast environmental mission and a long tradition of quality.
While some businesses go green because of legal obligations and others add a solar panel to save a few dollars, Dunn-Edwards Paint has led the charge to make zero VOC paint the standard. This while the company maintains the highest standards to minimize energy consumption and material resources and protect human health and safety.
The motto at Dunn-Edwards is “Greener by Design.” From the start of a wallpaper store in Los Angeles by Frank Dunn back in 1925 attention to quality was always top of mind. As that business grew, Dunn began manufacturing his own paints. In 1938 he formed the Dunn-Edwards Corporation with a friend, Arthur C. Edwards.
Dunn-Edwards Paints led the industry in removing lead from their paints in the 1950s, 25 years before the federal government mandate. The company also voluntarily removed potentially harmful ingredients including mercury biocide and ethylene glycol, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from their paints in advance of standards limiting these substances.
Even the company’s Phoenix, Arizona manufacturing facility and distribution operation is “Greener by Design,” and was awarded the LEED Gold-certification by the USGBC.
The company also strives to educate architects and interior designers on the benefits of zero VOC paints and created a Green Building Paint Guide that features Dunn-Edwards products qualifying for LEED®, CHPS Green Wise and CRGI standards, as well as their Zero VOC and Recover (Dunn-Edwards’ recycled latex paint) lines. “We believe in eco-efficiency, which for us means do more good by optimizing the performance of our paints and do less harm by reducing or avoiding the use of harmful ingredients,” says Robert Wendoll, Director of Environmental Affairs at Dunn-Edwards.
At Dunn-Edwards Paints meeting high performance and environmental standards is part of everyday.
Dunn-Edwards products are sold in more than 115 company-owned stores throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.
Photos courtesy of Dunn-Edwards Paints