Monday, August 29, 2011

found: eco paint

I don't think that I really play up this element of myself on this blog but I'm actually quite the eco girl. The last year has been hard to keep my eco practices in places because we live above my inlaws and my brother was living with us (I love him but he is an enviro wasteland). But now that he's off and living on his own, I'm happy to be returning to some of my more sustainable lifestyle practices, which include reducing my water usage by doing things like showering with a bucket to catch wasted water to flush my toilet with later.

I know, I bet you're surprised to read that last comment. But it's true. I'm a big fan of the grey water system and can't wait to set up a full grey water system when we move into our home in June. Thankfully my husband is a good sport and accepts the methods behind my madness!

That said, another little area of eco concern for me is the waste that comes from art supplies, particularly acrylic paints, which I tend to use. I try to be conscientious about upcycling things as much as possible when it comes to my crafting, but it's not always possible. And crafting seems to come hand in hand with hording sparkly pretty things and using non eco products. So I'm curious about these goodies:

Glob Natural Paint
The colour range is limited but that's what mixing is for, isn't it? Do you think they'd work well? Have any of you out there had any experience with eco paints? I'd love to hear about it if you have!



  1. Well, that IS interesting! I'd be willing to bet that they won't mix well, though, not being pure pigments. And I really wonder how permanent the colours are if they're made from berries and such. A lot of those reds are quite fugitive, for example - that jelly-making stain on your hands will usually be blue-purple after a few hours. They're certainly attractive colours, though.

    It says they're watercolours, which is fine, but doesn't say what they have as a binder, if anything. Gum arabic, which is in ordinary watercolours, is a natural tree resin, so it would be perfectly acceptable.

    I'm also curious about the "cruelty-free" bamboo brushes. I've never found brushes made of anything except animal hair that were at all usable, so I'd love to see these.

  2. Just found more information on the "cruelty-free" brushes. Only the handle is bamboo - the bristles are actually made of Taklon, which is polyester. So maybe cruelty-free, but not petroleum-free.

  3. Wulf, I have the same concerns about the mixing. Never thought about colour permanence. Good question. I don't know. I'd really like to use eco paints but it seems hard to find an eco equivalent. I guess they're eco for a reason, they break down over time!

    Grr for the false advert on the bamboo brushes. I hate that companies make you do so much work to find out if they really live up to their claims. So frustrating at times.


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