The overpowering residual smell in a freshly painted space is an unpleasant experience each of us has had to live through, resulting in many respiratory disorders. But, not any more if we make a green choice in paints. The said smell is a result of greenhouse emissions of chemicals present in the paints, which evaporate at room temperature and are more concentrated indoors than outdoors. These harmful emissions are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But, most paint manufacturers including Asian Paints and Nerolac in India are now coming up with a green option – non VOC, low VOC, ultra-low VOC and zero VOC paints. With the overwhelming variety of colours and textures available in these green paints, there should be no reason for us to choose the earlier, unhealthier option.