Liv­ing well

Planet-friendly paints, ways with cork and clean air in your home

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Well known for its stun­ning tiles, Bert & May now has a paint range. The 55 hand-mixed shades come in lime­wash and eco emul­sion, a sol­vent-free, wa­ter-based, breath­able matt. A con­cen­trated pig­ment pow­der, it just needs to have wa­ter added, which means less pack­ag­ing and a longer shelf life. Eco emul­sion, £49.50 for 2.5L, Bert & May


Ev­ery drop of the Lake­land Paints col­lec­tion, whether for ma­sonry, wood, walls, floors – and even a su­per-tough Nurs­ery range – is free from sol­vents, VOCs, pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides and tox­ins. In fact Lake­land has cal­cu­lated that it’s 7,000 times purer than stan­dard low-odour paints. Eco matt wall paint, about £43 for 5L, Lake­land Paints

More com­pa­nies are in­tro­duc­ing planet-friendly paints – here’s a guide to three of the lat­est


Ice­land is the pro­duc­tion cen­tre for Eico, which man­u­fac­tures low-VOC, wa­ter-based acrylic paints us­ing re­new­able en­ergy from geo­ther­mal and hy­dro-elec­tric power sta­tions. Its car­bon-neu­tral acrylic paint comes in eight va­ri­eties in­clud­ing satin, gloss, matt and metal­lic. Acrylic, £36.49 for 2.25L, Eico Paints

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