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Two beautiful kitchens - Advice for using natural & eco paints for colour & inspiration

Posted by Chris @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Jul 2015

Here's some inspiration for you. These two beautifully clean and calm kitchens are the amazing work of Steve Larkin. Both kitchens offer a calming use of soft traditional and period colours, with complementary colours used for the kitchen fittings and fixtures. Image Credit:  Steve Larkin & Lark&Larks (CC by 2.0) Everything works in harmony here, with natural wood surfaces and flooring, through to the festoon style pendant lamp, almost as a feature in this clean and traditional kitchen. Colours such as Cove, Windermere, or even Glaslyn and Lomond would work well here, these similar wall colours are available in the  Auro 321 Standard Natural Emulsion range, with some colours now available in the newer recipe Auro 524 Premium eco emulsion range. Whi … read more

Customer Profiles: Jon Fitzgerald & His Sugar Glider Enclosure. Build to Finish

Posted by Jon Fitzgerald on 23rd Jul 2015

The Custom Made Sugar Glider Enclosure I have kept sugar gliders for almost a year and gradually increased my small colony from two to four gliders. The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small, omnivorous arboreal, and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to the marsupial infraclass. The common name refers to its preference for sugary nectarous foods and ability to glide through the air. The scientific name, Petaurus breviceps, translates from Latin as "short-headed rope-dancer", a reference to their canopy acrobatics.Update: "The shelves are definitely taking some hammering at the moment but they are washing down great and so easy to dry off, defo be recommending the lacquer to others" I have two neutered males and two females that were housed in two adapted bird aviari … read more

​Basic principles & goals of bioclimatic design for the eco & sustainable home

Posted by Irini @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 6th Mar 2015

Basic principles and goals of bioclimatic designThe terms “green building” or “bioclimatic design” refer to the design of buildings and facilities based on local climate, aimed at providing thermal and visual comfort with minimal consumption of conventional energy while utilising other sources of renewable energy.Bioclimatic design is very important and its correct application benefits both humans and the environment. Especially nowadays, the maintenance cost of a building is a big part of the family expenses so a significantly any reduced energy costs lead to considerable savings. It is also an inalienable right of every habitant to seek for better living conditions.As for the environment, resource depletion and global environmental degradation become more evident every year. We all have … read more
​Green infrastructure - Using a Green Roof for economic benefits, savings and wellbeing.

​Green infrastructure - Using a Green Roof for economic benefits, savings and wellbeing.

Posted by Irini @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 13th Feb 2015

A beneficial way of helping our cities to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change is utilising green space. Green roofs are and will be an increasingly important technology. The ecosystems services that are provided by green roofs will be especially significant in regard to a reduction in the Urban Heat Island Effect (our summers are predicted to get much hotter).They will also help to decrease the impact of flash summer storms that are predicted to increase as the climate changes. In this article I highlight the benefits of establishing a green roof. According to researchers in Tyndale Centre for climate change, a 10% increase in green space in our cities would probably fight the negative effects of climate change and minimise the Urban Heat Island Effect [UHIE]. … read more
How to get rid of household black mould build up the natural, non toxic and eco friendly way

How to get rid of household black mould build up the natural, non toxic and eco friendly way

Posted by Irini @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 6th Feb 2015

How to get rid of household mould build up the natural eco friendly way, and safely remove black mould patches in your bedroom and bathroom. Mould is a serious problem for householders and can have important consequences on our health and buildings. It is therefore important to deal with the causes of mould in order to ensure its long term prevention and management. What is mould? Mould is caused by different types of microscopic fungi. These fungi are found everywhere and are an integral part of the ecosystem. In the home environment may colonise damp and poorly ventilated spaces, causing mould. They feed with organic matter and are reproduced by releasing spores. Mould creates ugly dark patches, which left untreated can damage the fabric of bu … read more
​Innovative and Effective Green Solutions in Revamping Your Home

​Innovative and Effective Green Solutions in Revamping Your Home

Posted by Mylene @ The Natural & Organic Paint Co on 28th Jan 2015

We’re already almost a month into the new year, so how about adding a touch of green and making some eco friendly changes inside your home to kickstart the New Year? Imagine yourself living another 365 days living in a newly revamped house whilst becoming a bit more efficient, energy conscious and more eco friendly. Much better.Living a sustainable lifestyle is no longer “just a fad” these days. People from all walks of life - young and old, men and women, homeowners and apartment renters, they all do raise concerns about our environment. And so with no further adieu, may we present to you some of our clever solutions on how you can revamp your house, flat or apartment the green way.Invest in an additional insulation for your apartment, building standards have changed over the last … read more
​4 Toughest Challenges People Faced in Converting to an Eco Friendly Lifestyle

​4 Toughest Challenges People Faced in Converting to an Eco Friendly Lifestyle

Posted by Mylene Dela Cena @ The Natural & Organic Paint Co. on 23rd Jan 2015

The idea of starting to live an eco-friendly lifestyle often hits us during the month of April, thanks to Earth Day. But then again, with the kind of environment we have now, we need to figure out how to green up our lives every single day.Have you noticed how the progress of the society towards a sustainable future seems inadequate? Looking back, it is so easy to put blame on our governments and corporations. Luckily, people of today’s generation have become more sensitive about environmental issues. But the road to an overall greener and healthier life could be expensive, frustrating and overwhelming especially if done without concrete plans and strong will. We asked some people about the toughest challenges they faced when they made the big switch - of living an eco-friendly lifest … read more
​What is Passive house? (Passivhaus) - We give you the latest low down on this ultra efficient energy contruction.

​What is Passive house? (Passivhaus) - We give you the latest low down on this ultra efficient energy contruction.

Posted by Irini @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 8th Dec 2014

This construction standard was “rediscovered” in the early 90s by the German physicist Wolfgang Feist, who worked, studied and built in 1991 in the city of Darmstadt, southwest of Frankfurt, the first modern Passive House. A few years later, in an effort to develop and promote the existence of this standard, he founded the PassivHaus-Institut, which has branches in many countries worldwide and it is the official certification body of all passive houses internationally.Passive house is an ultra-efficient energy construction, which provides excellent thermal comfort conditions ensuring great indoor air quality; it is affordable and simultaneously meets very high ecological standards. The standard has been characterised as unique and innovative, because while it is based on the pri … read more
​10 Life Hacks You Should Not Miss When Painting Your House

​10 Life Hacks You Should Not Miss When Painting Your House

Posted by Mylene @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co on 3rd Dec 2014

You have probably read a couple of our house painting ideas and some DIY stuff in here and guess what? Today, we are taking things up to a higher level. We believe that homemakers of today’s generation are the perfect source of important life hacks so we asked few questions from them. Why? Because they are the ones who do the tasks— first hand! And when we say homemakers, they could be either the man or the woman of the house or both!Painting your house could be a daunting task and yet, most of the time, homemakers tend to do it themselves out of frugality. And there is nothing wrong with that! Just make sure you are armed with the right eco-friendly paints and with these 10 house painting hacks that could make your life easier!1. Vanilla baby-When using conventional pet … read more
​7 Simple ways to make your small rooms look and feel bigger

​7 Simple ways to make your small rooms look and feel bigger

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co on 3rd Nov 2014

We've all got rooms that feel a little too small, regardless of what size they actually are. It's far too easy to have a badly arranged, cluttered and mis-matched room, which leads to the visual constrained size appearance of the actual space. There are a number of simple things you can do to counteract this visual distraction, some involve changing colour palettes and patterns, and some involve the use of specific furniture and fittings to help create a visually larger room feel. Try and use natural light where possible. Fundamentally this is your key source of light, which should be complemented and used as much possible. This complements almost all advice below, IE using mirrors to reflect light, use colour shades to reflect light. By keeping floors darker than the ceilings you … read more
How to help protect bees & how you can minimise harmful effects when using paints & varnishes

How to help protect bees & how you can minimise harmful effects when using paints & varnishes

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co on 27th Oct 2014

The unfortunate downside to the change in agricultural techniques over the last few decades have led to a dramatic decrease in the number of bees in the UK, resulting a smaller population and unfortunately even less different species. It is sad to say that in the UK, Cullem’s bumblebee (Bombus cullumanus), was last recorded in 1941 and The Short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus) was last recorded in just 1988. A number of other species are on the brink of extinction, which causes many knock on effects for the British countryside, agriculture and wildlife. Why are bees in decline in the UK? There are many reasons that the humble bee is in decline, some of which are; Varroa mites, Diseases, Neglect from beekeepers, Pesticides, Lack of forage, Lack of nest sites and an in … read more
Natural Wall Paint is the better option. Fact. Do you know what's currently leeching out your walls?

Natural Wall Paint is the better option. Fact. Do you know what's currently leeching out your walls?

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co on 20th Oct 2014

In this day and age there is no excuse for not paying attention to what is in the products we not only consume, but actually use in our environments. We all hear about bad things in our food, bad things in our drinks, pollution and climate change, but we don't ever think about our actual houses and what their green credentials are. Every room in our houses are painted, and most of the time it's with leading paint brand names with their glossy adverts and happy smiling people, but has anyone actually spent a couple of minutes looking at what some of these paints actually contain? Conventional big name paints contain a large variety of toxins, not only are these released into your home as soon as you open your tin of paint, but they leech out of your walls for many years, and it's … read more
​5 Low effort, free & quick ways to become a little more eco friendly & sustainable

​5 Low effort, free & quick ways to become a little more eco friendly & sustainable

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 30th May 2014

I get it, you hear it all the time and we're all bad. Yes yes yes. I'm as bad as the next guy so I'm writing this almost as a note to myself.There really are loads of quick and low effort things we all can do to become a bit more sustainable in our day to day lives. No one is asking you to go crazy and totally change the way you live your life, but there is no doubt that there are a number of quick fixes that will help you and your family as well as helping you become more environmentally aware. We're all bad at it, too much tech and lack of discipline - and that's just me, I'm a bad offender too but trying to get better!1. Manage your electricity & tech better. We're ALL guilty of this one, me included. It's just far too easy to just leave phone chargers plugged into th … read more
Backyard Fire Pit - Stay warm and stay out longer in the long summer evenings!

Backyard Fire Pit - Stay warm and stay out longer in the long summer evenings!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 28th May 2014

Nothing cozies up a backyard like a roaring fire on those chilly spring evenings. There are pre-built fire pits that work just beautifully, but building your own is easy and affordable and will give you a sense of accomplishment when completed. Check out this awesome steel firepit over at exoticplantsonline.co.uk First, decide on the area you’d like to build the fire pit.When making this decision, keep in mind you’ll want a fair amount of space around the fire pit for people to sit or stand.Two meters is usually sufficient.Next, clear off a circle on the ground and make sure your spot isn’t near anything flammable such as plants or buildings. Using either concrete blocks or curved garden edging stones, build a circle of the diameter you’ll want the fire p … read more
Soothe your Space with the Amazing Colours of Natural & Organic Paints

Soothe your Space with the Amazing Colours of Natural & Organic Paints

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 19th May 2014

Bring some peace and harmony into your home with all-natural paints that borrow their colour palette from nature. Soft colours that mimic nature such as pale greens, blues and browns can calm and relax people in their presence, so using organic paints to cover your walls can create a nurturing home that is beneficial occupants as well as better for the environment. Using a soft brown or taupe colour on your walls will cozy up any room and add a warmth that will remain year-round. In nature, browns are found in tree bark, on rocks, the fur of animals and even the earth itself. The traits of stability, longevity, growth and earthiness they represent can be harnessed when painting with this colour. Taupe and brown are ideal paint colours for bedrooms and dens. For a br … read more
Top Tips: Adding a trellis to your garden? Making your own? Top Tips!

Top Tips: Adding a trellis to your garden? Making your own? Top Tips!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 14th May 2014

Create a lovely shaded resting spot or a leafy green wall for your garden by adding a trellis or arbor to your outdoor space. You can either purchase ready-made lattice for this project or build your own with one of the many free tutorials found online.Once you’ve bought or built your grid, you can paint them with all natural paints that won’t harm your yard or plants — many trellis owners choose bright white or a natural finish but you could paint them any colour you fancy. We have plenty of paints ideal for this, whether you wanted a  natural water based wood stain such as Auro 160, or a coloured natural paint such as Auro 250 Natural Wood Paint. Browse the full selection of natural wood paints and finishes here. Make sure you use a weather proof stain or … read more
Making Eco Recycled & Upcycled Wind Chimes for your garden

Making Eco Recycled & Upcycled Wind Chimes for your garden

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 5th May 2014

Is your garden missing a little something?  Perhaps it’s the soothing tinkle of wind chimes!  Don’t worry if you’ve not yet become the proud owner of a set—they can easily be made right at home with items that are probably just laying around. For instance, wind chimes can be made by stringing up metallic objects so they strike each other and make a chiming sound.  Clever items such as tin cans, utensils, gears, even keys can be used.  You could even paint them with an eco-friendly paint and string them at different heights in order to make a piece that is beautiful as well as acoustically pleasing. If you’re more interested in the decorative aspects of wind chimes, you can make some really lovely mobiles with fun objects like coloured bottles, seashells an … read more
How to make a simple eco friendly greenhouse for your garden this Spring

How to make a simple eco friendly greenhouse for your garden this Spring

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 5th May 2014

It’s that time of year to start sprouting seeds!  If you’re in an area that may still experience a cold snap, it would be best to build a small greenhouse that will protect your seedlings and may even speed up their growth.Greenhouses can be made in just about any size and can be built using recycled materials and a little ingenuity.  For example, an old display case can easily be converted into a sprouting house.  You may have some spare windows laying around that you could attach to a frame and use as a greenhouse. Building a wooden frame and covering it with heavy duty plastic is the most simple and cost effective way to build a temporary greenhouse that will be perfect for seed starting this spring.  These lightweight structures can be moved around your patio o … read more
How to decorate & paint a bird nesting box / bird house the eco way!

How to decorate & paint a bird nesting box / bird house the eco way!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 4th May 2014

Looking for ideas for decorating bird boxes? Listen closely—do you hear it?  The birds are chirping and welcoming the new season!  As they choose their mates and start building nests, you can give them a helping hand by putting out birdhouses.  This will also encourage them to live in your garden so you’ll have their cheerful songs for months to come.  You may even get lucky enough to see them raise their babies!Sure, you could put out a pre-made wooden birdhouse and leave it at that, but you (and possibly the birds!) may get more enjoyment out of this new addition to your garden if it’s unique and personalised.  You can still begin with a plain wood birdhouse—they’re perfect for decorating.  Grab some eco-friendly paints that won’t harm your feat … read more
Awesome Decorative Natural Garden Stepping Stones

Awesome Decorative Natural Garden Stepping Stones

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 4th May 2014

We’ve all seen those beautiful decorative stepping stones that have jewels and designs, mosaics and cut-outs.  They really add a nice touch to any path, patio or garden.  Garden art can cost a lot of money, but you can quite simply make your own custom stepping stones without breaking the bank.  All you’ll need is some moulds, cement, sand, water and whichever decorations you choose to add. While round stepping stones are the most common, when you’re making your own, you can mould them in any shape you fancy.  There are pre-made moulds available in the shapes of flowers, butterflies, hearts, stars and much more.  You may also choose to decorate a paver while building a patio or foundation.Mix up your cement with water according to the directions.  Make sure i … read more