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Breathe easy: Why Resene paints are the Sensitive Choice

15 Jun 2022

Health and wellness have never been higher on the priority list, and the building sector is no exception. With focus shifting to product selection and mindful choices, the Resene Environmental Choice Approved range offers you and your clients the satisfaction of making a safe and healthy decision.

Recent years have taught us the importance of environmental factors and the considerable impact home and workplace can have on health. When selecting paint for projects, an element to consider is the VOC levels (volatile organic compound) of the product's chemical formulation. VOCs evaporate and are emitted as gases and can affect indoor air quality. At high levels, VOCs can aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies and contribute to adverse health.

The Resene Environmental Choice Approved range of paints has low or no added VOCs and low odour. With some products offering the addition of MoulDefender, the range promotes improved interior air quality for those with respiratory illnesses.

After a formal review process in conjunction with the National Asthma Council, selected Resene products have been recognised as Sensitive Choice® recommended products.

Resene ClinicalCote is formulated with anti-microbial silver. With origins dating back to 1500BC, anti-microbial silver is internationally recognised as a low-toxic and safe sanitisation option. Adding anti-microbial silver to Resene ClinicalCote protects broadwall areas in high-risk areas, making the waterborne paint an intuitive choice for rest homes, hospitals and GP clinics.

Resene ClinicalCote is formulated to have very low VOC levels, with less than 4 grams per litre, and is Environmental Choice approved. Available in both low sheen and satin finish, Resene ClinicalCote is low-maintenance, washable after seven days and designed to stand up to often harsh hospital cleaners (both alcohol and glycol-based).


Other Resene Sensitive Choice approved products include:

  • Resene Zylone Sheen Zero – no added VOCs

Resene Zylone Sheen Zero produces a smooth yet tough surface. Drying to an attractive low sheen finish, its ease of application, washability and durability make it an ideal choice for interior use in areas such as lounges, bedrooms and general living zones. A very low odour product with no added VOCs.

  • Resene Kitchen & Bathroom paint range
    • Resene Lustacryl Kitchen & Bathroom
    • Resene SpaceCote Flat Kitchen & Bathroom
    • Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom

The Resene Kitchen & Bathroom range combines the benefits of a waterborne enamel with added anti-bacterial silver protection and MoulDefender. Designed to bring enamel style toughness to wet areas, allowing you to get your chosen sheen level without sacrificing durability. Available in semi-gloss Resene Lustacryl Kitchen & Bathroom, Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom and Resene SpaceCote Flat Kitchen & Bathroom.


Whether your plans include a doctor's surgery, apartment block, public space or a retirement village, Resene Environmental Choice and Resene Sensitive Choice products help you provide surfaces with wellness in mind for your commercial and residential clients.

Published: 15 Jun 2022