Paint…. Emulsion, wood and metal, MDF/tricky surfaces, tile and floor. Interior and exterior… there’s a paint for just about every surface and location.

Everyone knows how easy it is to refresh a room with a quick lick of paint. Transformative, atmospheric, even dramatic, but what about all the leftover paints? Hardly anyone uses every last drop in the can, how do you dispose of left over paint, and is it made of the best ingredients, ultimately is the paint selected right for the location and property?

Its a conundrum, do you support the ethical – more expensive brands, or the High Street stalwarts that are really trying their best to be eco friendly and sustainable.

Here’s an insight into a couple of companies each doing their best to gain our trust and ultimately our business.

Edward Bulmer.

King of the ethical paint business. One of the first in his class of eco friendly completely natural designer paints. Does what it says on the tin, two coats delivers a lovely flat finish, available in a wide range of colours. Its microporous which allows the surfaces beneath to breathe naturally, very important particularly in older and heritage properties, but just as important in modern buildings too. Bulmer paints do not create the usual plastic film that traps moisture and mould, nor do they contain any nasty chemicals. Natural paint that allows surfaces beneath to breathe can create a healthier living environment, but as always this kind of technology and research comes at a price, expect to pay at least double the cost of a can of Crown Paint by comparison.


Crown Paints.

Staple of many a High Street and DIY store.

Crown are the first paint company in the UK to introduce paint cans made from 100% recycled plastic. They also operate a recycling scheme and offer further opportunities via their NIMTECH scheme creating employment and sustainability through waste recovery and re-cycling, surely they deserve your ££’s to fund their initiatives even though their paints are not natural or quite so eco friendly?

Crown also offer a re-cycling service via their decorating centres which (should you live neat to a centre) is fantastic as many  local council re-cycling centres refuse to accept paint. Re-cycling centre advice is that the part used cans must be filled with suitable medium such as sand or soil before they’ll even consider adding paint to landfill, even then they may refuse to process the remaining product.

With this in mind perhaps its worth considering your environment before rushing to the DIY for the next pot of paint, potentially both your property and health could benefit from the right choice and there’s a growing trend for buyers favouring properties with ethical credentials be they building materials,  wall coverings, flooring, lighting or textiles. The trend for ethical, sustainable products is ever increasing.

Thanks for reading.