Once in a while I find a product that really impresses me, and Lakeland Paints is one of them. I’ve used these paints extensively for years and highly recommend them.
There are many organic paints available these days and most high street and designer brands offer products that have low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). But Lakeland Paints are the real deal. They are a stunning 7,000 times purer than standard low VOC paints, and are virtually odourless and completely solvent-free.
They do not contain formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, acrylic softeners, plasticisers, phthalates, APEOs, bisphenols, glycols, heavy metals such as lead, cadmium or mercury, or any kind of plastic or animal products. Unlike other organic paints, they also do not contain terpene VOCs, which react with ozone in the air to form formaldehyde. They are completely toxin-free.
In fact, the paints are so pure you can eat them, as part-owner and Manager of Lakeland Paints jovially demonstrates in this video:
Lakeland Paints are very fast drying, and it really is possible to paint a room and sleep in it the same night without any side-effects at all. They are also hard-wearing, available in a range of 180 colours, and can be individually colour-matched to thousands of other colours from designer brands at no extra cost.
The range includes wall paints, wood paints, floor paints, masonry paints, woodwashes, algicides, plaster sealers, and more. They even have anti-formaldehyde radiator paint and a primer you can use on MDF that absorbs and permanently neutralizes approximately 99% of the formaldehyde and other VOCs.
I discovered these paints many years ago, when Lakeland Paints were just starting out, long before most people were aware there were any healthy alternatives to regular paints. They were very expensive then, but are much more affordable now.
Where to buy Lakeland Paints
Lakeland Paints are based in the UK and ship worldwide (to 56 countries so far). The same paints are also sold in the US under the name of Ecos paints.
If you are chemically sensitive or simply value your health, it’s definitely worth investing in pure organic paints next time you do any decorating. Richard and I wouldn’t use anything else. And we’re in good company. It’s used by a long list of reputable organizations, including Getty Museums, the UK Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Heathrow Terminal 4, The Duchy of Cornwall, Clarence House, The British Museum and many others.
And full transparency: I don’t receive any commission from this company. I haven’t even told them I’ve written this article!
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