Safety Statement

Our built environments – floors, furniture, homes, schools, offices, and outbuildings – are central to our lives and communities. At Vermont Natural Coatings we are dedicated to developing non-toxic wood finish technologies that are grounded in sustainability, easy to use and stand up to the test of time. Born of academic inquiry, scientific innovation, and Vermont ingenuity, our coatings meet the building industry’s highest performance and safety standards.

Thanks to scientific advancements and an increased awareness worldwide, we are in the midst of a sustainability revolution on the rise. Now more than ever, corporate responsibility and transparency are of the utmost importance. As conscious global citizens and producers, we are committed to building sustainable systems and making responsible choices that nurture the health and vitality of our homes, communities and planet, now and for generations to come.

Our products set new and higher standards of safety, performance and environmental responsibility. In an industry where toxins are the norm, Vermont Natural Coatings has found a ‘Safer Whey’.

What is PolyWhey?

PolyWhey technology was developed by University of Vermont scientists who were on a mission to create environmentally responsible products. PolyWhey uses whey protein, a byproduct of the cheese making industry, as crosslinkers between wood-protecting resins and the water-based liquid that carries them. Through this process, we replace the use of toxic solvents commonly found in other coatings. We’ve revolutionized the coatings industry and are proud to deliver environmentally sound, effective, and easy to use clean water-based wood finishes by utilizing renewable agriculturally sourced ingredients in formulation. 

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Low VOC – Not all VOCs are Created Equal

Choosing low VOC finishes is a vital step when building your own healthy indoor environment. Ingredients used to formulate a finish determine safety of the product. At Vermont Natural Coatings, we’re committed to offering low VOC, solvent free, and waterborne options to suit your needs

Our low VOC stains and finishes have a mild neutral odor that dissipates quickly and is mild enough that many customers don’t even notice it. A neutral odor and absence of harsh fumes means that our coatings can be applied while a space is in use.

For more on VOC standards, how we surpass Carb and SCAQMD standards, LEED project inclusion, and Living Building Challenge petal satisfaction.


At Vermont Natural Coatings, we are dedicated to investing in sustainable and environmentally responsible practices across the board. From renewable energy and materials, to waste diversion, carbon neutrality, and investing in our local community, VNC is committed to carving a path towards a healthy future for all.

Our PolyWhey technology is rooted in scientific innovation, utilizing the natural binding power of whey proteins, a by-product of the cheese making industry. Through our waste diversion program, we capture this whey that would otherwise be highly taxing on the local water treatment systems. Water-based and containing up to 45% renewable ingredients, our coatings aren’t just healthy and safe, they’re sustainably sourced and produced as well.

Starting at the ground floor, we formulate, manufacture and ship from our plant in the heart of Northern Vermont dairy country. Upwards of 50% of our electricity is sourced from renewable resources, such as solar and hydro, through our local energy co-operative.  All packaging is recycled and product ships from our plant via centralized distribution networks.

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