The Best Eco Paints for an Allergy Free Home
With the birth of a new royal baby comes a new royal baby nursery, and Meghan and Prince Harry are following a worldwide trend and opting to decorate their little one’s room with eco paint. It is important to be aware of what you are putting on your walls, particularly where allergies and indoor air quality is a factor. Paint companies are universally endeavouring to reduce the environmental impact of their products and also reduce the number of harmful chemicals included in their formulations. These eco paints are low VOC paints, non toxic paints, and often anti allergy paints.
In this article we outline the top eco friendly paints available in the UK, as well as why opting for eco friendly paint matters for you, your family, and the environment.
The top 3 eco paints for better indoor air quality
Below are the top eco paint products available in the UK. They provide the finish you are after while leaving out the VOCs and environmental impact.
AURO Paints – The Royal Choice
If you need proof of our top choice’s pedigree, Prince Harry and Meghan chose a vegan wall paint from AURO for their new nursery. The paint company is dedicated to creating petrochemical-free paints using natural raw materials, and they publish the full list of ingredients. These include natural vegetable resins and oils like linseed and natural mineral and plant pigments.
AURO are certified VOC free and work hard to achieve carbon neutral manufacturing and to procure their ingredients from environmentally managed sources. Their allergy friendly paints do not lose out on quality or colour range and are suitable for a variety of surfaces.
Earthborn – Eco Paint with Style
Awarded the EU Ecolabel ( (an award for achieving environmental excellence across their life cycle), Earthborn eco paints prove that it is possible to be both virtuous and stylish. They contain no petrochemicals, negligible VOCs, use natural ingredients like clay, and declare all their ingredients.
The paints themselves include their Claypaint range (an ultra matt wall and ceiling paint), Lifestyle (a durable and washable emulsion), Eggshell No. 17 (an interior wood finish), and their EcoPro range (their most environmentally sound option. Their eco paints are available in 60 colours.
Biofa Paints – Clean, Natural, Renewable
From raw materials to end product, Biofa ensure that their products are subjected to rigorous testing to ensure the highest quality and adherence to their indoor air quality standards. Their products are manufactured using natural ingredients with a focus on paints that are good for human health and the environment.
Their eco paints are available in a range of colours and formulations resulting from more than 30 years of research and development.
Farrow & Ball Paint
Honourable mentions and UK Eco Paint Brands
No eco paint brand list is complete without Edward Bulmer. Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is uncompromising in their dedication to colour, finish, and environmental responsibility. Nutshell Natural Paints are another allergy-free paint company with non-toxic alternatives to conventional paints.
The paint industry as a whole is moving towards environmental sustainability. Farrow & Ball produce all their paints with an eco-friendly water base, and brands like Dulux, Johnstone’s and Crown all manufacture breatheasy low-VOC paint lines. But while these paints are certainly heading in the right direction, they do not stand up to the true eco paints.
Paints and coatings are chemical products which often contain formaldehyde, heavy metals or other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) which may contribute to allergic reactions. Therefore, especially people who suffer from asthma or allergies or are sensitive to chemicals should carefully consider which coating products to apply in their homes. The consideration is also important when choosing coatings for institutions, such as hospitals, where allergy friendly paint is a must.
In general waterborne low or non VOC paints are allergy friendlier than the solvent borne alternatives. Additionally, there are special hypoallergenic paint products which are especially developed for environments that require allergy friendliness. However, completely allergy free paint does not exist, due to the fact that people can have hypersensitivity to many different substances.
Allergy free paint for walls and ceilings
Solvent borne wall and ceiling paints require appropriate protection during application and can cause irritation even years after the paint has been dried. Some solvent based paints release toxic gasses in room temperature even five years after application. Therefore, especially people who suffer from allergies should choose for waterborne allergy friendly paint.
The anti-allergy coatings are good for many applications and are basically suitable for all interior walls and ceilings. They are required in hospitals but can also improve school environment. These coatings are also available for consumers to apply at home.
Even if there was no allergies at home, an anti allergy paint might be a smart solution for example for in the nursery or children’s rooms. Similar kind of paints are also suitable for furniture for especially in babies’ rooms. The allergy friendly paint finish is either matt or semi-matt. Learn more about antibacterial coatings for industrial and professional use.
Natural and low VOC paints in the UK
Also the coating industry considers human- and environmentally friendliness in production and use of the products. Even though solvent borne products are necessary for some applications, there are also plenty of alternatives on the market especially for applications on walls and ceilings. Many large paint manufacturers such as AkzoNobel, PPG and Sherwin Williams offer waterborne solutions which are hypoallergenic, thus allergy friendlier.
Additionally, there are some natural, completely non-toxic paint products on the market. These natural coatings do not contain any VOC and they are waterborne or based on natural oils such as linseed oil. In the UK these non toxic paints are available for example from Aglaia, Auro and earthBorn.