Vermont Natural Coatings. The company’s low-VOC wood finishes were developed in collaboration with the University of Vermont using whey protein, a byproduct of the dairy industry. Including furniture, floor, and exterior coatings, these protective wood finishes enhance the natural beauty of wood while providing a hard-wearing, water- and scratch-resistant surface, the company says. The product can also contribute to LEED points. 802.472.8700. www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com.