The Truth about Vegan Paint
If you’ve ever browsed for paint and paint products, you would know that the stores are filled with a range of brands offering a huge variety of paint products. There are vegan interior and exterior paints, eco-paints, breathable paints, low-VOC paints and so many more. With so many options, how do you settle for one?
While it is important to find the paint that compliments the aesthetics of your dream home, it is equally or more so to choose products that do not have negative consequences on human health, the environment, and the eco-system. We offer a full interior paint range, as well as animal free and natural plant based exterior and wood paints, that had adhered to a strict environmentally friendly manufacturing process ensuring they are vegan friendly.
What we are talking about is choosing a paint or paint products that do not involve the needless slaughter of living beings – one that does not disrupt the ecosystem and is a threat to human and animal life. After all, can you really be comfortable in your home knowing your walls are coated in products that animals had to lose their lives for?
We all know Meghan Markle bought vegan paint, for their baby s nursery.
If that prospect makes you uncomfortable, we invite you to explore your options in vegan and cruelty-free paint, which we will be discussing in detail in this article.
What Makes a Paint Not Vegan?
If you’ve done some research on paint, you would know that it has three essential components: the pigment, binder, and solvent. Depending on what makes up these three components and the processes involved in the production, paint can be identified as vegan or otherwise, IE containing animal products Paint and cruelty free can finally go hand in hand.
There are four commonly found ingredients in natural paints which can indicate that the paint is not vegan:
- Casein: Casein is a milk protein, that functions as a binding agent in paint. It is a dairy product, so if you are looking for vegan paint, you need to make sure it does not contain casein.
- Beeswax: A lot of paints use beeswax as a binding agent. Beeswax is a wax produced by a certain genus of honey bees.
- Ox Gall: You might not have heard of this, but most of your conventional paints tend to include ox gall as a wetting agent in paint. What it essentially does is increase the ease of application of the paint by making it flow better as a mixture.
- Shellac: This is a resin that is produced by the female lac bug. It is widely found in paint and paint products, so you might want to keep your eye out for this.
In addition to this, if you are looking for cruelty-free paint, you would have to do some research on whether the brand you’re purchasing from tests their products on animals or not. The type of tests conducted in this sphere is known as ‘regulatory tests’.
This form of testing involves testing paint in animals to see whether they have any toxic or adverse side-effects on health. The whole process involves animals being forced to ingest and inhale paint, as well as the intravenous administration of paint into animal bodies. After this testing, the animals are monitored to observe how they react to specific doses and ingredients of paint.
Difference Between Cruelty-Free Vegan Paint and Conventional Paint
Vegan paint is eco-friendly because it is formulated from purely natural ingredients, with the added benefit that it does not include animal byproducts and derivatives. Instead of these animal-derived ingredients, organically produced vegan paints include plant-based substitutes in their constitution.
Because these are made from natural and organic ingredients, they are free of harmful chemical compounds like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or the toxic pigment, titanium dioxide. It is important here to note that vegan paint is almost always eco-friendly, but not all eco-friendly paints are vegan. Of course, there are very few vegan paints that are constituted from synthetic ingredients, replacing animal-derived compounds with synthetic substitutes, so it depends on whether or not you are okay with that.
Another difference between the two is that cruelty-free, vegan paint, as already mentioned above, do not involve animal testing anywhere in the production processes, whereas petrochemical paints are bound to go down that lane because they contain a bunch of toxic ingredients which they need to test on animals for human health and safety.
Environmental Impact of Eco-Friendly Vegan Paint
It is true that not all vegan paint is eco-friendly, but in this article, we’re going to talk about vegan paint that is made from all-natural ingredients because of their numerous health and environmental benefits.
The highlight of vegan paint is that it is free of animal-based products. This means that the production process does not involve the farming of animals, which in itself contributes greatly to the carbon footprint. So by vegan and cruelty-free products, you’re actually reducing carbon emissions.
Another plus of eco-friendly vegan paint is that it is VOC-free. VOCs are organic compounds that are emitted in gaseous form from the surfaces of certain solids and liquids. What allows them to be released in this manner is their low boiling points which in turn permits them to evaporate and sublimate into the surrounding environment at room temperature.
When these compounds are released into the atmosphere, they contribute significantly to climate change. VOCs are also associated with smog formation, which leads to reduced visibility, particularly in densely populated areas. Under the effects of sunlight, VOCs react with nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere to generate Ozone (O3) which accumulates in the environment alongside other particles to form smog.
By opting for eco-friendly vegan paint, which works just as well as the conventional paint without most of the negative aspects, you can significantly minimise your carbon footprint on the earth and actively contribute towards creating a safer and healthier environment for yourself, family and friends. Though you might find most of the eco-friendly vegan paint to be pricier than their petrochemical counterparts, the advantages and benefits it has over those make it worth the investment.