As stockists of a range of natural products are we just a bunch of hippies worried about the environment? The short answer is NO.
At the Eco Home Centre we are all about sustainability and all that this encompasses. But this is a much misunderstood term and so here are some hard facts and rationales behind some of the choices we have made for our supply chain.
Earthborn claypaint – highly breathable paint that is brilliant for application on lime plasters / breathable substrates. IF you put conventional paint (or a low porosity natural paint) on a wall that is highly porous it will not last long. So using a paint that is designed for use on lime / porous wall it will last and do what you want it to do. It also has no real smell and no VOCs.
Osmo Polyx Oil – this is not a perfectly natural choice as it uses (de-benzenated) white spirit as its solvent (unless you use their Polyx 2K product). However, it does use natural oils for its working element. The great advantage though is that it wears really well, gives a great finish, does not need to be re-sanded between coats or before future re-application. It also is loved by professionals as it does not create ‘tramlines’ on application. SO this does what you want it to do, brilliantly.
Auro 524. This is a new paint that is completely based on natural materials that are sustainably sourced and also it is manufactured using renewable energy sources. Ticking all the eco boxes here, but more importantly it is a great quality paint. Breathable, excellent opacity, easily cleanable, compostable, no VOCs. ……
Eco Solutions Home Strip. A safe paint remover that can be used without fear of poisoning, skin irritation, smells, VOCs, …. So again something that works really well, but without all the downsides associated with nasty chemicals like Nitromors.
Auro and Earthborn Wall Fillers. These are great products that remain workable when dry. You get really smooth finishes etc, but you can still sand them back once they are dry. Products like PolyFilla go really hard and if you don’t get the correct finish first time you have to spend a lot of time getting it right. These more natural fillers are therefore much more user friendly.
I could go on.
So it is all about getting products that do the job properly and well. I have no time for ‘eco’ products that are kind to the environment but that don’t work. People need high quality products that will do what is needed, last a long time and be easy to use. The fact that all of this is available with products that also are ‘natural’ and ‘eco’ just proves the point that we can do a lot with less oil being consumed, less waste, less pollution, less risk to health!