Once in a while I come across a product that really impresses me, and Lakeland Paints have done just that.
They claim their paints are 7,000 times purer than their nearest competitor, and after using them extensively in our new house, I believe them. The paints are virtually odourless and completely solvent-free. They do not contain formaldehyde, phthalates, heavy metals such as lead, cadmium or mercury, white spirit, turpentine, terpenes, ethereal oils, VOCs glycols, coalescents, animal products, vinyl chloride, APEO, or acrylic softeners. They are very fast drying, and we found we really could paint a room and sleep in it the same night without any side-effects at all.
Actually I discovered Lakeland Paints many years ago, when they 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. Their range extends to over 400 shades, and they have wall paints, wood paints, floor paints, masonry paints, woodwashes, algicides, plaster sealers, and more. They even have anti-formeldehyde radiator paint and a primer you can use on MDF that absorbs and permanently neutralizes approximately 99% of the formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds.
Lakeland Paints are based in the UK and ship worldwide. The paints are also sold in the US under the name of Ecos paints.
If you are chemically sensitive or really value your health, it’s certainly worth paying one of their websites a visit before you next do any decorating. I wouldn’t use anything else. (And just to keep the record straight, I don’t receive any commission from this company – I haven’t even told them I’ve written this article.)
Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2013