Off-gassing is when new manufactured items release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals.
At Aquest, our key suppliers have been using water-based paint systems for more than 20 years, making us one of the first in the furniture industry to do so. Unlike conventional solvent-based systems, these systems contain only 6 percent instead of 70 percent VOCs. As a result, the products are significantly below the legally required limit values set out in the 31st German Federal Clean Air Act (Ordinance on Solvents). This high standard has earned the Greengard Gold designation, a certification which ensures materials and furniture supplied, are tested for safety in the workplace and in schools.
Learn more about off-gassing from this very informative article from Architectural Digest here.