What is natural paint ?

What is natural paint ?

The Livos natural paints are made with naturally occurring raw materials. They are biodegradable and non toxic. Unlike synthetic paints natural paints do not contain any petrochemical substances. They contain such ingredients such as chalk, marble earth pigments etc.
Unlike conventional paints, natural paints or less highly processed. This often means less water and power is used in the manufacturing processes. Natural paints rely on the various qualities of the natural ingredients for binding the ingredients, tinting for colour and a smooth consistency to enable the paint to be rolled on.
Natural points have been used by people for thousands of years. Aborigines in Australia, the Indians of the Wild West, in India and Europe. Although ancient paint recipes differ from today, they still shared a common reliance on naturally grown or sourced ingredients from anything from plants, animals, insects and the local earth. The beauty and enduring durability of natural paints can still be found and appreciated in ancient paints found throughout the world.
Natural paints are the best and healthiest option especially for those that are sensitive to chemicals, the pregnant, small babies and the elderly. Livos offer a full ingredient discloser of all the ingredients allowing you the consumer to make an informed and final choice.
Using natural paints in not only a healthy option it is also more sustainable and environmentally friendly. There are fewer toxins released into the air. Less are used in the manufacturing as well due to the less energy intensive paint production. They are biodegradable with no harm to the environment once disposed off.
It is critical to have a breathable paint on substrates that breathe such as straw bale and mud brick. Also where there is humidity or moisture issues, natural paints allow the moisture to move in and out of the substrate with no mould build-up. There are no fumes or bad smells and the indoor air climate is regulated.
Natural paints use mainly earth pigments for colour and whilst there is not the 101 various colours of synthetic paints, one can let ones imagination run wild with the mixing and creating of various paint colours and shades. As there are no synthetic preservatives, the Livos paints come separate to the pigments. One mixes the two when one is ready to paint. The surfaces are washable but not scrubbable..but then again, how many scrub their walls.
 

Jayden says:
I strongly agree with what you said about these natural paints. This is the same paint that I have asked my painters albert park to use because it is non toxic. It is much expensive compared to other paints but especially for my kids, this is what I trusted and will trust to continue using. The best thing that I like too just like you mentioned is that it doesn't smell! right?
nicky says:
Thanks for the comment Jayden, the paint price is actually quite comparable with other quality paints when coverage is taken into consideration. Smell is a tricky one, its not that the Livos paint doesn't smell, we think it smells like there is a cardboard box in the room as you are painting. While this smell quickly disappears, there are no VOCs or semi VOCs to be concerned about. Paint manufactures are now masking the paint smell, and can even be VOC free but the semi VOCs, which can off gas for years is greatly effected and can be concerning high. Especially when the synthetics then seal these inside the room. We advocate for a full 100% ingredients listing of all products so that you can make a fully informed choice, and if one is not available, ask why !!
Paz Faigenbaum says:
HI,

I'm searching for an exterior based paint to apply to untreated Cypress wood, which will be a vegetable growing bed. Is this natural paint food safe in its application? Leaching? how often will i need to reapply coatings?

thanks Paz
nicky says:
Thank you for your comment Paz, the Dubron, Ura and canto are interior paints only. The Vindo is suitable for external use but as it is a paint and it will be in the harsh sun and rain it can crack and peel over time. This would then require a full resand and recoat, another option would be the Alis decking oil, this can be rejuvenated by simply wiping over with more oil. We find a coat lasts anywhere from 6 months (near the beach in full direct sun) to 5 years before needing to be rejuvenated depending on the location.