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Companies That Say No To Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

The word volatile means “liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse.” So it makes sense why we would want to reduce volatility in our lives. Whether it’s volatile people, situations or toxic substances we have the power to influence what happens in our environment.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that easily vaporize into the air at room temperature and are used in a variety of products including painting, coating, dry cleaning and pest control. But don’t let the word “organic” fool you. These compounds are nasty substances that usually have an odor. Have you ever caught a whiff of nail varnish remover? That smell is formaldehyde – a dangerous volatile organic compound.
What many people don’t know about volatile organic compounds is that it contributes to low-level ozone and smog in cities. It also has an abundant range of health effects on animals and humans such as cancer, throat irritation, respiratory issues, memory impairment and the list goes on and on.
source: Volatile organic compound emissions by country, 2001 and 2011.
The fight against Volatile Organic Compounds
Castagra does its part to reduce volatile organic compounds in its industrial coating and we applaud other companies who are doing their part to reduce VOCs in their products like these two sustainability leaders:
1. Colour Innovations
Many solvents and inks used in the printing industry emit VOCs. However Colour innovations, a digital company with a printing division based in Toronto, Canada eliminated an estimated 24 tons of reportable VOC emissions from their inventory in 2007. So how did the company do it? Colour Innovations uses presses that are isopropyl alcohol (IPA)-free. (IPA is a 100% VOC substance). It also partakes in solvent recycling where the company has a totally automated closed-loop system where “waste solvent and water is captured in drums (and) the distillation process draws off the solvent from the water and returns it to a feed tote.”
2. Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Electric produces a variety of products including air conditioning, automotive equipment and space systems. It took on the goal to reduce VOCs into the atmosphere in Japan due to Japan’s recently implemented Air Pollution Control Law. The biggest challenge for the company was to reduce its VOC emissions of styrene and xylene. Mitsubishi Electric managed to hit its goal by reducing VOC emissions by 46% (541 tons) surpassing its target of 40%. The company reached its goals by using alternative materials and redesigning processes that used VOCs.
To find out more about VOC regulations around the world, click on the countries below.
- Australia
- Canada
- Europe
- United States

TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.