Off to the Emerald City we go…
or modern, a bright green wall really pops. Read the rest of this entry
Go to the local – or chain – hardware store and take a stroll to the paint section, where rows upon rows and literally thousands of color choices may await customers. What’s in that paint? In many cases, that information can be more than difficult to unearth.
In the vast majority of cases the base material is latex, supplemented by a witch’s brew of chemicals to achieve consistency, color, and so forth, produced with petro-chemical or synthetic ingredients. The result, whatever the formula, is often toxic. Who wants that?
Florian Speier and Jessica Pfohl are among those looking for something more. Out of frustration at the “greenwashing and lack of ingredient transparency in the paint industry,” the husband and wife team founded Unearthed Paints with the determination to help change the industry.
Today we are reviewing ECOS Paints, a product line that has been manufactured and sold in Britain since 1988, but only recently opened up manufacturing and distribution in the United States. Available in a large variety of finishes and specialized application formulas, ECOS promotes itself as being solvent free, odorless, and free of all toxins. In fact, it was invented by a paint chemist, Ian West, who discovered he was chemically sensitive after feeling ill for some time. According to ECOS, their paints and varnishes are so pure you can actually eat them, although they warned they were still pretty nasty tasting, so I decided not to add that to the testing procedure!
Here are the results for what I did test – Read the rest of this entry
The fifth in a series of artisan profiles by contributing writer Emerald Atkins.
Don’t throw away that house paint! It can be used for art.
Cassandra Tondro, an artist living in Santa Monica, CA, knows that secret, and has been using it since 2007 to create vibrant abstract paintings. Her unique medium comes from many sources. Sometimes the acrylic latex paint is literally repurposed house paint, gleaned either from the mistint shelves of hardware stores or from the local household hazardous waste center. She also works directly with her clients by incorporating leftover paint from their architectural site to create truly custom art.
We are starting up a new round of no to low VOC paint reviews, to help you make sense of the myriad of choices out there. Previously, we have reviewed some of the major manufacturers no-VOC offerings. Now we are going to begin taking a look at some of the “boutique” brands out there, starting with Graham & Brown’s new matte finish paint.
Designed to coordinate with their wallpaper collections, this flat matte finish paint comes in wonderfully British sounding colors, such as Double Decker Red, Nice Cup of Tea, and Stiff Upper Lip. But the names are nothing compared to the ultimate anglophile packaging… Read the rest of this entry