Paints, Coatings, and Adhesives


Green Seal has been rewarding leading paints and coatings manufacturers for low-VOC content, safer formulas, and uncompromising performance since 1993. Today, Green Seal is among the world’s most trusted ecolabels for low-VOC products. 

Governments, green building programs, and consumer guides consistently cite Green Seal’s standard as the definitive benchmark for safer paints and coatings. Specified by countless schools, businesses and institutions, the Green Seal mark is a universal symbol that a product meets the highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership. 

Products that achieve Green Seal's paints certification have been screened for hazardous chemicals and are among the safest available in the marketplace.
Products that achieve Green Seal’s certification for paints and coatings meet requirements for the LEED Low-Emitting Materials credit and the LEED v4.1 Material Ingredient Optimization credit, and can choose to qualify toward the LEED v4.0/4.1 Material Ingredient Reporting credit.

Eligible Products for Green Seal’s Adhesive, Coating, & Paint Certification

Paints and Coatings

  • Paints – Interior and exterior
  • Primers or undercoats
  • Wall and ceiling coatings
  • Decorative wall coatings
  • Floor paints
  • Floor coatings
  • Low-solids coatings

Stains and Sealers

  • Finishes
  • Lacquers
  • Sealers
  • Concrete and masonry sealers
  • Shallacs
  • Stains
  • Varnishes
  • Clear brushing lacquers
  • Conjugated oil varnishes

Specialty Coatings

  • Anti-corrosive coatings
  • Reflective roof coatings
  • Reflective wall coatings
  • Fire resistive wall coatings
  • Fire resistive and intumescent coatings
  • Hygenic wall coatings
  • Impact resistant wall coatings


  • Floor installation adhesives
  • Single-ply roof membrane installation/repair adhesive 
  • Structural glazing adhesive 
  • Waterproof resorcinol glue 
  • Wood flooring adhesive
  • Contact bond adhesive 
  • Cove base installation adhesive 
  • Welding adhesive 
Green Seal’s paint certification raises the bar for protecting indoor environmental quality and offers a straightforward path for complying with the most health-protective requirements in LEED.
Peter Templeton,
President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council


Asian Paints

Certified since 2015, Royal Aspira from Asian Paints features water beading technology and exceptional stretching ability.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s zero-VOC Eco Spec paints — the brand’s greenest interior line — earned Green Seal’s paint certification in 2021.


Our science-based adhesive, coating, and paint certification standards define sustainability leadership in the marketplace and reward industry innovations. Only the safest, most responsible, and most effective products in the marketplace can achieve the Green Seal. Certified paints and coatings are verified to meet our criteria for: 

  • Strict VOC limits
  • Safer chemicals
  • Environmentally preferable packaging 
  • Uncompromising performance

Relevant product types can be certified under our Standards for Paints, Coatings, Stains and Sealers (GS-11) or Adhesives for Commercial Use (GS-36). 

Green Seal's paint certification. Blue roller painting wall.

trusted by Industry Leaders  

Our standard is cited by government agencies and green building programs and consistent with the leading voluntary and regulatory green building and emissions standards:  

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • California Air Resources Board
  • Healthy Buildings Network
  • LEED
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Well Building Institute

Prove You Meet the Highest Standard of Sustainability  

The Green Seal mark tells the world that you meet a high bar for protecting the health of people and the planet. Take advantage of our wide variety of complimentary marketing tools to help you promote your certification; an online listing in our certified directory used by purchasers worldwide; the Climate Pledge Friendly designation on your Amazon product listings, and one-on-one support from our Customer Success team.


Fill out your prescreen application and send us your formula information. We’ll send you a report flagging any major issues that could affect certification.


Fill out your certification application and send us your product or service information.


We’ll review your information to ensure it meets our standard.

Site Visit

We’ll verify your practices and processes, and work with you to resolve any issues.


We’ll award your Green Seal certification! Use the Green Seal mark to promote your leadership. We’ll also periodically monitor that you continue to meet our high standard.