Graphenstone & Vegan / Cruelty Free statement: 3/5/19 “As a company Graphenstone do not knowingly use materials that have been tested on animals.” “Graphenstone is 100% ecological, and complies with the worlds’ most stringent quality standards, holding some of the highest international certifications, including both BREEAM and LEED certifications, to deliver the most environmentally aware paint available anywhere in the world to date. Cradle to Cradle do not advocate or promote animal testing. As far as Graphenstone are aware, they do not use any products in the paints that has been tested on animals.”
Is paint vegan friendly?
Generally, no. Your standard off the shelf paint may well have been tested on animals, especially when imported from the far East such as China where products sold there HAVE to be tested on animals – ridiculous. Conventional house paint often uses ox gall and animal derivatives in the manufacturing process, for instance most people don't know that your average pint of beer, or glass of wine is strained through ground fish bones, or strained through a mix of animal proteins to get rid of the impurities and make it as clear as possible, had you ever wondered how they got it so clear?! As more and more vegan products become available, it has never been easier to start incorporating these ideals into your own day to day life, something that we as a family have embraced. Even if you don't intend to become fully vegan yourself, you can at least make a few switches to smaller your environmental footprint. There is no need to buy conventional paint anymore, this new naturally graphene infused paint from Graphenstone is taking the paint world by storm, it is proving to be a super tough and flexible pain that is resisting cracking and peeling in the same way a standard paint would, and claiming vegan credentials is quite an achievement. We're proud to have found Graphenstone and hope to educate enough people we can make a dent in the petrochemical market and save some lives!
None of our Vegan Paint contains any chemical wetting agent, or any animal derivative such as from the female lac, (shellac) beetle or Ox gal. The paint also does not contain animal bone, or bone derivatives, or has been tested on animals in any way. We fundamentally do not agree with animal testing, and all of our Vegan paints are classed cruelty free. As well as being vegan and cruelty free, our eco friendly paints for interior walls and ceilings, wood trim and many other surfaces and natural plant based, or natural lime based. If you want to find vegan wall paint you have come to the right place, we have something for every painting project.
Meghan Markle made huge press coverage when she decided she was going to use vegan wall paints and animal free paints for her baby's nursery in the united kingdom. These paints do not contain parts of the female lac bug or ox gall that so many other paints contain. Vegan paints are becoming more and more popular here in England, as well as in the United States, as buying vegan is fast becoming the new norm. We did offer a vegan paint infused with eucalyptus, but we found that the Graphenstone range to be better than the Vegan paint we used to stock here. Sorry Meghan, this paint is even better!
Just because a paint is labelled eco friendly, natural or organic – does not mean that it is actually vegan. Even old traditional wall paints used a lot of milk Casein in them, certainly not vegan.
These vegan paints are either natural plant based products, or natural lime based products.
Vegan Paint Questions
As a vegan myself it was important to me that the products that I sell are vegan, and are as ethical as possible. Fortunately at this time we are are stocking only Graphenstone paints, which I have been assured (I have spoken directly with Graphenstone UK) that none of their range has been either tested on animals, nor contains and animal or animal derivatives.
Vegan paint for walls.
I would say that the best vegan paint for walls would be the Graphenstone Grafclean Premium. Easy to use and apply, and available in the widest array of natural colours.
When painting your walls, over existing paint I would suggest lightly sanding the surface (a ‘key’) first. Once sanded I would recommend that you thin the paint with with water, around 10% by volume, and use this as the ‘primer’ or mist coat (same for if you’re painting directly onto bare plaster) Then apply top coat x 2 with appropriate drying times.
Vegan paint for furniture & woodwork
We do offer a vegan paint that is suitable for wood work, which is the Grafclean Midshine. Technically still a semi-matte emulsion but with the correct primer (The Graphenstone four2four) can be used on wood such as furniture. The downside to this paint is that it’s still more matte than gloss, so naturally it’s going to be pick up a bit more dirt than a high gloss and not be quite as reflective so won’t have the same UV protection.
Vegan paint brands.
Which paint brands are vegan, and is wall paint vegan? The main vegan paint brand that we prefer, through using ourselves and checking the credentials is the only brand we stock now, Graphenstone. There is good reason they are now the only brand we promote, they are the most certified green brand in the UK.
Vegan paint colours
We offer many vegan paint colours, have a look at the colour swatch chart and I really do advise you to try a tester pot before you purchase any larger tubs. The colours can only be properly appreciated in real life, never use just the online natural paint charts!
Vegan eco paint
We do offer vegan eco paint, my favourite would be the Grafclean Premium, which has the biggest range of natural paint colours.
Vegan paint with eucalyptus
At one stage, a few years ago we did stock a natural vegan paint infused with eucalyptus, but we found it just wasn’t as good as the Graphenstone alternatives, so we stopped selling it! It did smell nice, but to be honest I still prefer the almost zero smells from the Graphenstone paints!
Vegan interior paint
For vegan interior paint, I would consider any of the Graphenstone range. For ease, and for most about of colours I suggest the Grafclean Premium, but if you would like more of a traditional lime finish, then the Ecosphere would be a good choice, however it is only available in white and a small selection of off whites.
Vegan paint products.
We are always looking for vegan paint products and other vegan DIY products, so if you see any out there you like let us know!