We are proud to declare every single ingredient we use in our paint. Water The primary diluent for the majority of our natural paints. Most paint is nearly 80% water ! Sourced : Harz Mountains, Germany Alkaline Solution A solution of ammonia in water, used for making water-dilutable resins, waxes and oil soaps, so-called ammonia soaps. Sourced : Europe Barite A naturally occurring white mineral which is used to improve the opacity and thickness of paint. Castor Oil An oil extracted from the seeds of the subtropical Castor Oil Tree (Ricinus communalis) and boiled to produce a stand oil with natural drying properties. Also known as Turkey Red Oil. Cellulose A naturally occuring starch extracted from wood pulp from managed European forests. Used as an emulsifier and thickening agent in our natural paints. Sourced : Europe Chalk A soft, white, porous sedimentary rock composed of the mineral calcite (calcium carbonate) and sourced from Germany. Chalk is added to our natural paint as a finely ground bright white powder and is a valuable filler and extender. Clays Minerals naturally formed by weathering of rocks rich in alumininium and silica. Our natural paints use china clay (or kaolin) and bentonite, which is a clay with exeptional swelling properties. These fillers help to thicken the paint and keep pigments in suspension. Sourced : Germany Decovery This is a unique, innovative binding agent that is avaialbe exclusivley for AURO in the present biogenic quality. It is made from plant acohol esters of prines and castor plants, with a small remainder of fossil monomers. Decovery is subject to continuous further developement. With each step of development, the share of fossil components will be reduced until they are completely replaced by biogenic ones. The scientific innovation is not matched by any other paint on the market. Linseed Oil Flax or Linseed (Linum usitatissumum) is widely grown throughout Europe and much of the linseed oil used in our paints comes from certified organic cultivation. The oil is extracted by cold and warm pressing before being boiled to produce drying oil. In our paints linseed stand oil is a valuable binder component which provides high elasticity. Mica A naturally occuring silicate mineral used in our paint as a high quality filler and extender. Potassium Silicate This is a finely dispersed solution of silicates, silicic acids in water which is produced by melting quartz sand and potash. Used as binding agent in paints and to minimize the cloudiness of juices and wines. Sourced : Europe Replebin This is a Biogenic Binder which consists of a plant alcohol ester with organic acids which means our natural paints are easy to apply, hardwearing and durable, yet retain highly vapour permeable (breathable) properties. This innovative binding agent is legally protected and production methods are not disclosed here. Sourced : Germany Silicates Mineral fillers based on silicone oxides. Examples for naturally occurring silicates are mica, clay minerals or quartz (silicium dioxide). One of the most abundant minerals on the planet, finely ground silica is used extensively in paints as a filler. It increases the bulk of paint and helps produce a tougher finish as well as helping to keep pigments in suspension. Sourced : Germany Silicic Acid Finely dispersed silicic acids without crystaline (quartz) structure made from quarts sand and lime by flame hydrolysis. Used as matting filler or as filter agent and binder additive in silicic brines. Sourced : Germany Sodium Pyrithione This is an organic compound that contains sulphur and nitrogen. They are used as preserving agents in cleaners, paints, cosmetics and more. Sourced : Europe Surfactants These important ingredients keep oils in suspension and improve the workability of natural paint. They are also used in the processing of resin-binders in our water-based eggshell. We make surfactants from vegetable oils (rapeseed and castor oil) and plant materials high in sugar. Sourced : Germany and Asia Talcum A natural silicate mineral sourced from Europe. Talc has important properties, it both thickens paint and increases its opacity. Titanium Dioxide Highly opaque, non-toxic white pigment universally used in paints and lacquers (and many other products including toothpaste). Refined from natural minerals (e.g. rutile) in an acid-free process, it nontheless has a significant ecological impact. Sourced : Europe and Asia Natural and Earth Pigments Pigment makes up a maximum of 8% of all well formulated paint and as Natural Paint makers we are ALONE in using ONLY Natural and Earth Pigments to create our tonally consistent colour range. We create the different colours using unique combinations of these pigments: Flake White, Chrome Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Red Lead, Red Ochre, Vermillion, Violet Carmine, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Verditer, Viridian and Lamp Black Edward's Hand Painted Natural Pigment Palette Paint Made from Plants – Plastic Free This is how paint is made : SOLVENTS + FILLERS + BINDERS + COLOURANTS = PAINT Without getting too technical there is a fundamental difference between the way Natural Paint and modern Acrylic Paint is made. We all use the same solvent (nearly always water) and similar fillers (like chalk). It is the binders and the colourants where the huge difference lies. You might be surprised to read that the binder in modern, acrylic paint is quite simply plastic. It can come in a number of different guises and has many, many names but it is basically the same by-product of the fossil fuel industry that now dominates our lives. Plastic comes in many forms, lots of which are fundamental to improving our lives. However it is also used in ways that we do not need and are now actually detrimental to the way humans may now inhabit the planet. MOST PAINT = MADE FROM PLASTIC MOST PLASTIC = MADE FROM FOSSIL FUELS So if paint is made from plastic we don’t think it can be classed as ‘environmentally friendly’ at any level. Here are some reasons why: Plastic is incredibly carbon intensive. In the UK we import many thousands of tonnes of shale gas every year from the US to make plastic. Paint is made of plastic and so it cannot be classed as carbon neutral. Plastic is a polluting industry, its by products are classed as hazardous waste. Indeed the waste classification for paint is as a hazardous waste. Microplastics – the wonder drug of the paint industry are today the number 1 hazard nature faces. 180,000 tonnes of microbeads from paint pollute our oceans every year, only 30,000 tonnes come from cosmetics, yet microbeads are banned in cosmetics To turn plastic into paint the chemicals industry needs to add a whole arsenal of nasty chemicals. No Synthetic Dyes Just Natural Pigments We are alone in the paint industry in using only natural earth and mineral pigments to colour our paints (which we have listed above). We tell you all about these pigments and how they are used to make our beautiful colours. Modern paints most often use Azo dyes as their colourants which are simply a combination of chemical compounds made by huge chemical companies and then transported around the globe. There is a reasons why we have a limited number of colours we can make – because we create our colours from 12 NATURAL PIGMENTS, rather than the unlimited number of chemical combinations other paint makers are using.