Welcome to PAINTED EARTH a small business based in the fabulous Arts and
Industry Estate of Byron Bay, northern NSW. We sell
a large range of non-toxic, environmentally
responsible house paints and wood finishes. The shop address is 4/18 Centennial Circuit,
Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay. Shop hours are 8am - 5pm
Monday to Friday, 9am - 1pm Saturday ph 02 6685 7522 or after hours ph 02 6680 5729.
Sourced from seven different companies, Bio, Livos, Volvox, Oikos, Cooee,
Phoenix and Future Coatings, our range includes paints
and finishes made from natural ingredients such
as plant based paint, clay paint and natural wood oils and varnishes,
through to high quality synthetic paints and
wood finishes which are water-based, zero or low VOC, and non-toxic.
The choice between a natural or low VOC acrylic paint
is yours. Natural paints and finishes are on the whole
more environmentally friendly than synthetic ones;
whilst synthetic ones are generally more durable
and a little cheaper. All products sold here
are non-toxic and eco friendly and give good quality
results when used as directed.
You will find interior and exterior wall paints, water-based enamel paint,
wood oils, wood varnish, woodstains, wood waxes, floor finishes, furniture
and decking treatments.
There are several choices in each category on the right, ranging from
natural finishes through to eco-friendly synthetic ones. For each product
we provide a clear description,
usage rate, colour options, and a price comparison to help you choose.
For extra help or advice beyond this please phone Deb or Daniel on 02 6685 7522.
You can purchase online at the end of each product
description or by phoning the shop on 02 6685 7522. All prices are recommended retail prices,
and delivery charges are kept to a minimum to make these products available
to you Australia wide. Allow 3 - 7 days depending on your distance
from our base in Byron Bay, NSW, for your
goods to arrive. Over time we will be linking with other distributors around Australia
so that your product can come direct from the closest source to you.
How it works contains our purchasing and delivery policies,
and Monthly specials contains bargins on
eco friendly paints and finishes.
Why choose eco friendly?
The air we breath and the environment we live in contribute to our
health and wellbeing. Paints and finishes can give
off fumes for up to five years after their application. Eco friendly
paints and finishes ensure these emissions are not hazardous
to the painter, the inhabitants, or our environment.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the
gases emitted from paints or finishes containing
chlorinated or hydrocarbon (organic) solvents. These
are chemical fumes which
are potentially harmful for people and the environment such
as Xylene, Styrene, Toluene, Benzenes, Isocyanate and Trichlorethylen.
Common symptoms of toxic exposure to solvents can include nausea,
dizziness, headaches, asthma, irritation of mucous membranes and fatigue.
Long-term heavy exposure for painters can also result in nerve damage,
immune impairment, reproductive disorders and cancer. VOCs
are also a major contributor to outdoor air pollution or smog. For further reading on VOC's see
Heavy metals and other toxic chemicals are
also often used in the manufacture of paints and finishes,
or their colouring tints. These include chrome, mercury, cadmium,
formaldehyde, preservatives, driers, fungicides and odour suppressants.
A paint can be labelled zero or low VOC and still contain many of these
other toxic chemicals because some VOC ratings only refer to compounds
that contribute to external air pollution by the formation of low level
ozone (smog), and not to other compounds that can be Hazardous Air
Pollutants (HAP's) or toxic substances. PAINTED
EARTH has chosen the Oikos range of low VOC acrylic paints and finishes
because not only their paints but also their tints are guaranteed non-toxic and solvent free.
The combined effect of VOCs, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals in
paints and finishes is a major contributor to poor
indoor air quality, known as "sick
building syndrome" and
also to toxic pollution of our atmosphere, waterways and environment.
PAINTED EARTH has chosen products which will
not compromise your health or the health of our environment
and yet still provide you with a professional finish. All
paints and finishes are free of hazardous chemicals
and heavy metals and have zero or very low VOC content.
The result is cleaner air, peace of mind, no offensive odours,
no downtime for commercial premises and a healthier
lifestyle for you and our planet.
A word about quality and price
Is your time and effort valuable? If
so, the quality of the product you use is important.
Some of the paints listed here cost a little more than paints from
a hardware store. This is partly because they are made with more expensive
natural and non-toxic ingredients and partly because they are high
paints and finishes. A good quality house paint or wood finish will
appearance and ease of application. A
good quality paint or finish will save you time and labour
by requiring fewer coats, being easier to use, or lasting longer.
The cost of each paint or finish per square metre, is included in our
descriptions so you can choose according to a budget. If comparing
hardware store paints it's important to compare
the coverage rate (sq.m/L)
as well as the number of coats that will be needed.
For example paints
from the superb Oikos range have an extremely high coverage rate of
up to 30 sq.m/L which is twice that of regular paints,
because the 20 - 40% water content is added after you receive the
paint. All paints sold here have good
hiding power and usually require only two coats to provide a professional
finish, thus saving on labour and product.
PAINTED EARTH has chosen only high quality products because we want you to enjoy your experience and come back for more.
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