Vegan paint - what is it and are there really animal products in other paints?

Vegan paint - what is it and does paint contain animal products?

 

Today, on many labels, on all sorts of products, companies are promoting their vegan status. As this increases, many people may wonder: Did that item ever use animal products to begin with? While the answer may often be no, the shift to the production of more vegan products does not necessarily eliminate the use of animals in the product, but the testing of the product on the animals.

Those unfamiliar with ‘veganism,’ may not be aware that to qualify as a vegan product, experts look to verify that they do not contain animals, or their byproducts whilst also not contributing to the cruelty of animals. This means that to be vegan, product manufacturers must not test on animals or use animals or any animal byproducts in their production. Vegan products not only avoid using animals, they also ensure the entire lifecycle of production is animal cruelty-free. 

If you are wondering whether paint contains animal products, it’s a very good question to be asking! Paints are not made with animal products per se, but some of them are tested on animals or made in a way that contributes to cruelty against animals.  

Animal cruelty in the paint industry 

The truth is that most paints on the market are not vegan-friendly. A common binding agent used is Casein, the primary protein in milk. Shellac, a resin secreted by the Lac bug, is used to add shine and durability and Ox gall, from cows and is used as a wetting agent. Some paint pigments contain animal bone and bone derivatives. 

How vegan paints are guaranteed to be safe for humans and also cruelty-free

You may be wondering if vegan paints are guaranteed to be safe. In the case of Graphenstone products, the answer is a definitive yes!  They're safe because they're natural. 

The 'need' for animal testing most often comes from the toxic ingredients that go into some paint products. Paints containing chemicals and unstable components, these companies can't be sure that products are fit for humans without testing them on other living beings before putting them out for use.  

Eliminating the 'requirement' to test should mean a move to ecological ingredients, as well as vegan production. But stringent quality standards take time and effort, and profit-first companies can seldom justify the cost.  

Whether vegan or not, consumers who wish to live in a cruelty-free environment should opt for natural products. Natural ingredients mean greater safety for humans, animals and the environment. Lime-based paints, mineral-based paints and those with natural resin-based binders are great examples of natural paints with no need for animal products or testing.  

Animal friendly with superior quality

At Graphenstone, our paints are 100% ecological and free of casein and all other animal products. All of them. On top of that, they're also superior in quality.  

Infused with graphene, Graphenstone paints use 100% natural ingredients to develop a durable, flexible paint that is much more resistant to cracking and peeling than ordinary paint. Our paints contain graphene which is up to 200 x stronger than structural steel and 1000 times better at conducting electrical current density than copper. The reflective power of graphene then makes it energy-saving, and its mineral character reduces the reverberance of sound. 

Breathable and CO2 absorbing, Graphenstone paints reduce the ability for mould, fungi and other harmful bacteria to grow, making Graphenstone paints the world leader in environmental, vegan, breathable paints. 

Vegan paint - where to find out more 

View our wide range of natural colours here and start your journey with our vegan paints. Or view our ranges of interior and exterior paints here.

Contact us today to discuss our wide range of vibrant vegan paints.