Whenever I come across a new product claiming to be environmentally (and people) friendly I try to get hold of samples so I can do a bit of evaluation before I decide if it's something I want to subject my clients to. It does take a bit of time and effort (and I am rather a lazy person sometimes) so I'm not sure how much will appear on this page yet! What I generally try to do is some testing at home where I can look for a perfect finish on a prepared surface, and then use the paint on a 'live' job to see how it performs.
There are a few things I look for in a product before I will use or recommend it. The first will be the eco credentials - ie. natural ingredients as much as possible and practical, and non damaging to the environment or user. Secondly I investigate the manufacturers committment to the environmental cause - I need to know they are genuinely trying to help rather than producing something just to exploit the 'green pound' whist still producing harmful products alongside the eco paints. And thirdly, the paint needs to perform as well as mainstream trade paints.
There's a few paints I have been using for a while so for now I'll leave those off here because they have a mention in the 'favourites' list elsewhere and if I didn't like the stuff I wouldn't be using it. So I'll begin here with the products I have recently found and done a bit of testing on. If you would like me to look at a particular paint please feel free to let me know.
Greenpaints - primer / undercoat
Earthborn Eggshell No17
Earthborn EcoPro matt emulsion
Keim Innostar interior silicate paint
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