5 Vegan Paint Brands You Need To Know
When renovating a room or home, paint is sure to come up in the topic. We rely on paint to cover our entire home yet we rarely pay attention to the harsh chemicals that are present in these paints. What we also don't realize is, that our entire family (pets too!) are breathing in hazardous chemicals which can be fatal to our health. VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) which include a series of chemicals like, Formaldehyde, Methylene, Xylene, Chloride, Toluene, Ethyl & Glycol just to name a few.
These chemicals can pose serious threats to the air quality in our home. The reason being, is because paint fumes continue to off-gas in our homes for years, and since babies have a higher oxygen consumption than adults, they are the ones who are at higher risk for health concerns. Which can result in cognitive, respiratory and developmental problems that can last a lifetime.
Some of the chemicals found in VOC's are known to cause cancer in animals and adults. There's been several reports on individuals who are exposed to VOC's for a long time like painters, for example, who have reported several health conditions like: liver damage, kidney failure and an unstable nervous system.
But don't fret! The good news is that there's paint companies which are developing paints that contain zero or low VOC's, solvents and odor! Making sure that you and your family are safe from hazardous chemicals. Another thing is to make sure that the brand doesn't test on animals, just because they are eco-friendly doesn't mean they are "animal friendly" if you know what I mean?
With that said I've gathered my top five vegan paint brands, made your life easier and listed them all here for you.
Contains: ZERO VOC's, low odor, zero toxic fumes, 350 SQF per gallon, with less than an hour dry time.
Message from the company: “We certainly contain no animal ingredients and all of our products are cruelty free. In fact, please see if you can discover the first product made in America containing the phrase “Cruelty Free”. We offer that product. Our paint is different because it emits no harmful fumes when wet and is odor free when dry. Just one basic difference includes the water used to produce our paint. Most all paint today is made with city tap water. Tap water in large municipal areas contains over 200 known pollutants the EPA allows because they cost too much to remove. It also usually contains VOCs! But our paint is made with water obtained from a private well that taps the aquifer. It’s very pure; pretty much pollution free.”
costs you around: $49.99/gallon
Contains: ZERO VOC's, non-toxic, it is plant and mineral based made out of sustainable products, it also improves the air up to 50%.
Message from Green Planet Paints: “We are a Service Connected Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. A couple specifics, what makes your brand eco-friendly?(Paints, stains and sealers are made from Plant oils, Tree sap, Clay’s, Minerals, most materials are recycled from waste streams, we have the highest bio-content and lowest C14 tested VOC counts =0.08g/l) We even make our own tints from minerals. What is your animal testing policy? Zero. Do your products contain animal ingredients? NO“
costs you around: $65.00
Contains: A primer that absorbs toxic chemicals, another that blocks radiation and air purifying paint which absorbs 98% of VOC's!
Here's the response message I received from the ECOS paint team: "We do not test on animals, and as far as we are aware, our raw materials are not tested on animals by our suppliers. It is difficult to speak for them in absolutes, but we prefer to purchase from animal-friendly suppliers."
costs you around: $45.00/gallon
Contains: ZERO VOC, low-odor, self priming.
Message from the website: "Colorhouse Inspired base paints are Green Wise Certified*. As part of that certification, the following chemical compounds are not used as ingredients in the manufacture of the listed product: methylene chloride, 1,2 dichlorobenzene, phthalates, isophorone, formaldehyde, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and the following heavy metals: antimony, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury. Colorhouse untinted base paints are not tested on animals and they do not contain animal ingredients. However, raw materials suppliers are required by law to determine the potential toxicity of chemical substances. Unfortunately, as a result, some of the raw materials used in making paint have been tested on animals. There is no latex-based paint product available on the market where the components are not tested on animals prior to the manufacturing process."
Costs you around: $56.99/gallon
Contains: ZERO VOC, non-toxic, zero emissions, certified allergy and asthma friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards.
Message from the Benjamin Moore team:
“Benjamin Moore does not conduct any animal testing on our products. Benjamin Moore is known for an unwavering commitment to industry-leading quality, innovation and environmental responsibility. Our 1,750 employees in the U.S. and Canada work hard every day to make sure that reputation endures. From developing innovative paints that are safer for your family and the environment, to manufacturing them safely and efficiently, to helping out in our communities, we care about the impact of our products and our actions. Natura is Benjamin Moore’s greenest paint. It is available in thousands of colors and three premium finishes: Eggshell, Flat and Semi-Gloss. Natura has met or exceeded some of the strictest industry environmental standards including CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) and MPI Green Performance™, Product of the Year, Good Housekeeping Green Seal, Cradle to Cradle Silver, certified asthma & allergy friendly.”
Are these paints eco worthy? I personally give them all a thumbs up and will continue to update the blog as I see fit. Since paint is plastered all over the walls of our homes it's one of those products that we need to pay very close attention to but rarely do. What do you think about these eco-friendly brands? Make sure to let me know on Instagram @divinegapdesign