High quality, environmentally friendly paint finishes

There’s a growing interest in environmentally friendly paints, but you don’t have to sacrifice performance or looks for environmental benefits.

Harmful ingredients

Conventional, acrylic based paints contain two potentially harmful components: volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and acrylic softeners. Both escape into the atmosphere during painting and for many years after application, contributing to greenhouse gases.

These toxic ingredients can also find their way into drains and groundwater when washing out brushes and disposing of paint tins in landfill. They can cause chest complaints, aggravate allergies and cause sick building syndrome.

Acrylic based paints can also adversely affect walls. They prevent a wall from breathing, which can lead to moisture damage such as blown plaster.

Sustainable specification

High levels of VOCs generally are associated with oil based paints, but they are found to varying degrees even in water based paints. The EU limit for
paints to be classed as minimal VOC is 30g/L. However, this is relatively high and it is advisable to seek out those containing a maximum of just 0.5g/L VOC.

The easiest way to ensure you’re creating a sustainable, environmentally sound specification is to check the paint is EU Ecolabel approved. This stringent standard covers every aspect of a product’s manufacture, use and disposal.

Earthborn paints have achieved this demanding standard. Made without oils or acrylics, they are virtually VOC free and highly breathable. That means they do not give off any toxic emissions, so are much better for the environment as well as the health of building occupants. The breathability means moisture can permeate out through the paint, preventing damage to walls and significantly reducing their maintenance lifecycle.

Aesthetics and performance

Earthborn’s carefully selected ingredients and technologically advanced manufacturing processes create stylish, high performance products that are safer to use and sound for the environment.

Claypaint, for example, is a unique, clay based emulsion that is highly breathable, covers exceptionally well and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish. More commonly used on plastered walls, it works equally well on timber substrates.

The Ecopro trade paint range features matt and low sheen water based emulsions, and an eggshell. Their unique formulations cover well and are durable. Eggshell’s smooth, flexible finish allows wood to breathe and will not fade or discolour with time.

Ecopro emulsions and eggshell are available in the full BS4800 colour range, while Claypaint has a signature palette of 72 inspirational shades. Bespoke colours can be developed through Earthborn’s nationwide network of stockists.