New paint smell? Beware! That odor is actually VOCs (volatile organic compounds) "offgassing" into the air we breathe. VOCs in mainstream paints and wood finishes can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat; cause headaches and nausea; and damage the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Some are carcinogens.
Alternative products labeled as "low VOC" may contain other toxins, including formaldehyde and acetone. The low-odor finishes Green Depot carries contain none of these hazardous chemicals. Best of all, they're durable, adhere well, and clean up with soap and water.