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6 paint brands with excellent eco credentials

5 months ago
6 paint brands with excellent eco credentials

Whether you’re freshening up the interior of your property ahead of a sale, or have just moved into a new home and want to make your mark, paint will probably form the backbone of your decorating.  

It’s now possible to make more eco-friendly choices when you’re choosing between emulsion, eggshell or gloss. A number of paint manufacturers are concentrating on formulas that are free of chemicals and harmful compounds, while looking after the wider environment at the same time. Here are six eco paint brands to try:  

Best for parents and pet lovers

Animals and children can be especially sensitive to emissions and odours, with even low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in paint associated with pets and people being at greater risk of developing asthma and allergic diseases. The paint sold by Little Knights offers exceptional peace-of-mind as its 100% VOC free, odourless and devoid of harmful chemicals. It even has Toy Safe accreditation (BS EN 71 – 3:2019 – Safety of Toys) making it lickable!

Neutral colour recommendation: Little Knights’ Pebble Beach – a pale grey with a hint of warmth  

Best for improving indoor air quality

Although it’s well documented that plants can improve indoor air quality, did you know paint can do the same? Amazingly, the paint range from Graphenstone can help prevent the growth of mould, fungi and bacteria, which is great for people with respiratory conditions, while the lime-based formula absorbs CO2 as it cures and eliminates airborne pollutants, including SOx, NOx.

Neutral colour recommendation: Graphenstone’s Ashen – a very pale latte shade  

Best for vegans

If you’re looking for cruelty-free paint that’s kind to animals, look no further than Claybrook, whose paint range is vegan. Extra eco-friendly credentials come in the form of recyclable paint tins, a UK manufacturing base, low VOC formula, and hand-painted sample sheets to reduce the manufacturing and disposal of tester pots.

Neutral colour recommendation: Claybrook’s Pool Yard – a light cream reminiscent of buttermilk  

Best for all-round green credentials

Lakeland Paints tick so many boxes for those looking for kind, safe and environmentally friendly paints. Its range is solvent, toxin, VOC and odour free, vegan, organic, made in the UK and packaged using 100% recycled materials. There are 372 colours to currently choose from, with 108 shades of white alone.

Neutral colour recommendation: Lakeland Paint’s Yurt – a soft, pure white  

Best for reducing waste 

If you hate unwanted items going to landfill, you’ll love Little Greene’s Re:mix collection. After learning that over 50 million litres of paint are left unwanted in homes and garages each year, Little Greene decided to reformulate surplus paint into 2.5 litre tins for general sale. The 20 shades reflect those in its main collection but by purchasing Re:mix, you’ll help save as much as 60,000 litres of materials from going to waste each year.

Neutral colour recommendation: Little Greene’s Joanna – a light yet warm taupe   

Best for social consciousness 

As well as focussing on plant-derived paints that are water based, plastic free, non-toxic and carbon neutral, Edward Bulmer is a certified B corporation. This business barometer means the company is verified by B Lab to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. 

Neutral colour recommendation: Edward Bulmer’s Wash Stop – a subtle grey with a hint of lavender.  

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