Here’s an environmentally friendly art supplies round-up in honor of Earth Day.
Toss Paint Plates
These paper paint palettes are made from 100% recycled material. They are single use, disposable (so you can stop washing paint down the drain), and water resistant for up to 24 hours. Paper palettes are better for the planet than plastic because they are completely biodegradable. When I spoke with Nicole Lundin at Art Materials World this year she also let me know that the water resist that is used on these palettes is nontoxic and food safe. Toss Products is a woman owned company.
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All Gessobord panels are eco-friendly, formaldehyde-free, and proudly handcrafted in the USA (Buda, Texas) without harsh chemicals. Gessobord is made from US grown renewable wood sources. The wood used to manufacture Gessobord, like all of Ampersand’s Museum Series panels, is FSC Certified from the Forest Stewardship Council. I really love Ampersand’s panels, they are a dream to paint on.
Strathmore 400 Series Recycled Paper Pads
Strathmore 400 drawing and sketching papers contain 30% post-consumer fiber. All papers are acid-free. This heavyweight sketch paper is ideal for experimentation, perfecting techniques and preliminary drawing with any dry media.
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Gamblin Artists’ Oil Reclaimed Earth Colors Set
Created in collaboration with artist John Sabraw and engineer Guy Riefler, this limited-edition, eco-friendly set features three, 37 ml tubes of Brown Ochre, Rust Red, and Iron Violet. These exclusive colors are made with reclaimed pigment from polluted waters of acid mine drainage. The pigments are lightfast, natural, and safe. This set also includes a pre-primed, cradled panel made from sustainably harvested North American birch wood and a recyclable sleeve insert. A portion of the proceeds supports efforts to clean the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Made in the USA.
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Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens
Create extra-fine, fine, or medium strokes by just a change in brush pressure. Fudenosuke Brush Pens feature two tips, soft and hard, for creating different writing styles. Great for calligraphy, hand lettering, and drawing, Fudenosuke Brush Pens contain water-based, pigmented, odorless ink. Their barrels are made of recycled polypropylene.
Castell 9000 – a genuinely classic pencil – was launched by Count Alexander von Faber-Castell in 1905. Its quality and finely graduated degrees of hardness have made it a firm favourite with artists and illustrators. Its lead is fully bonded with the wood surround and is therefore particularly break-resistant. The Castell 9000 is available in 16 different degrees of hardness, making it the ideal pencil for all technical and artistic applications.
The timber used to create the 9000 pencils is from certified sustainable forestry. Virtually all the pencils produced in the main factory in Stein are coated with an environmentally-friendly water-based paint. The CO2 emissions caused by the manufacturing process of this product are neutralized by certified projects.
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Environmentally Friendly Turpenoid Natural
A certified AP non-toxic and environmentally friendly brush cleaner and conditioner, Turpenoid Natural is made from citrus essences and other natural products. It is not flammable, does not emit harmful vapors, and will not irritate skin or eyes, making it an excellent oil paint thinner for artists seeking safer painting alternatives for themselves or their children. Turpenoid Natural can also work well as an oil or alkyd medium. Natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly.
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Golden Crash Paint Solids kit
Discard acrylic and watercolor paint water in an environmentally friendly way with the Golden Crash Paint Solids Waste Water Cleaning System. This paint water disposal kit separates acrylic and watercolor solids from water so the paint doesn’t go down the drain. It also prevents build-up in pipes, keeping plumbing and septic systems clear and in working order. This kit cleans up to 16 gallons of paint water. Made in the USA.
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Caran d’Ache Luminance Colored Pencils
These pencils combine the smoothness of a permanent lead with excellent lightfastness. Every shade has been formulated using finely ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity, and resistance to UV rays. Strong coverage and mixing capacity allow for intense applications, blending, and burnishing, while extreme softness enables subtle blending and gradations. Cases are made of environmentally friendly, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified California cedar.
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Pentel Slicci Pens
Extra-fine (0.25 mm), metal-tipped gel roller pens. The ultra-smooth ink is acid-free. Choose from eight designer colors, affordably priced for the professional, crafter, or student. Made from 87% recycled plastic, Slicci Pens are part of the Pentel Recycology product line.
Fabriano EcoQua Notebooks
The following are links to some of the larger companies statements on sustainability and/or safety:
Liquitex’ statement on ethics and sustainability.
Colart’s statement on sustainability.
Golden’s statement on environmental and health & safety resources.
Faber-Castell’s statement on sustainability.
Royal Talens’ statement on sustainability.
Derwent’s statement on sustainability.