PolyWhey: Natural, Low VOC, Water-Based Polyurethane Wood Finish
A high-quality polyurethane finish is the key to preserving wood furniture and floors. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based products (and even many water-based finishes) contain some pretty nasty chemicals. Produced in Vermont using whey protein from the dairy industry, PolyWhey is a natural, safe, and durable alternative to these toxic finishes.
Hardwood floors and other surfaces like cork flooring can last for decades with the proper protection. PolyWhey is an extremely durable coating, with twice the cured hardness of typical water-based polyurethane. And according to the manufacturer, Vermont Natural Coatings, incorporating whey protein instead of toxic alternatives has several advantages:
“By using recycled whey protein we eliminate the need for heavy metal driers and displace both the toxic co-binders and carcinogenic solvents typically found in wood finish. Whey is a natural byproduct of cheese-making, a traditional strength of Vermont agriculture. Excess whey can end up on fields and in streams. To help keep our farms and waterways clear of excess whey, our goal is to reuse as much of this byproduct as possible in durable, safe coatings for your home.”
Other polyurethane finishes marketed as “Low VOC” can still contain over 300 grams per liter of VOCs. With VOC levels of less than 180 g/L, PolyWhey easily surpasses even the strictest indoor air quality standards in the United States. PolyWhey is fast-drying and emits very little odor, making it a very user-friendly finish.
Vermont Natural Coatings produces formulations for floors, furniture, and exterior applications in satin, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes.
For more info or to find a distributor, visit the VNC website: http://www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com/
(images: Vermont Natural Coatings)