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How natural linseed paint helps create eco-friendly homes

How natural linseed paint helps create eco-friendly homes

If you’re concerned about the size of your carbon footprint or aiming to create an eco-friendly home, find out how linseed paint could help.

Ottosson Fargmakeri

Harmful gases

Painting has a huge impact on the environment, whether you’re revamping your garden shed or a commercial decorator working with paint all day.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases emitted into the environment. Solvents in conventional paints contain high levels of VOCs. These solvent-filled paints add to the ongoing problems with our o-zone layer and also damage forests and crops.

Human health is also at risk as these mass-produced solvent paints are causing increasing respiratory problems.

The EU’s Paint Products Directive clamped down on the amount of VOCs in conventional paints. Therefore many paint brands now claim their paints are eco-friendly because they are water-based. However, there are many more environmental harms, which paint brands must take account for. 

Paint processing

Forget smog-filled factory skies and energy-draining manufacture. Linseed paint is produced through entirely natural processes. It is the simple process of taking natural flax seeds, pressing and boiling them to produce linseed oil.

It is then stored for half of the year until the impurities fall to the bottom. It couldn't be a more natural, eco-friendly manufacturing process.

Oricalcum linseed paint is manufactured in Sweden using various mixers and mills. Much of our work is performed manually. The mixing process has a striking similarity with a chef seasoning his pot. It’s all according to the senses. In the chef’s case, it’s with the tongue, in our case, it’s with the eye. The method is mentioned in literature dating back to the 16th Century.

Linseed paint

Natural ingredients 

Linseed oil is made purely from flax seeds and don't contain any harmful solvents. Flax seeds flourish in conditions around the Baltic sea and are cultivated in southern Sweden. Other than modern health foods, flax seeds have little use in modern culture, so cultivation is not a burden on our resources. 

Natural linseed paint pigment

Earth’s own pigments

Linseed oil is mixed with pigments to produce a rich and vivid colour palette of paints. To ensure the paint remains eco-friendly only natural, mainly earth-based pigments are used. For example, Oricalcum’s Chatsworth Blue actually contains genuine cobalt pigment. All Oricalcum’s paint colours contain white titanium-zinc, which has the added benefit of having excellent anti-mould growth properties.

Biodegradable paint

It’s not just the application of paint where environmental concerns come into play. Solvent paints give off nasty gases for up to two years after application.

What’s more, they flake and peel without biodegrading. Add to that the need to repaint every few years, which replenishes these nasty gases into the environment. 

Linseed paint is made with natural products using natural pigments and no solvents. One of the benefits of linseed paint is it's such a long-lasting product it needs little reapplication. Linseed oil also decomposes naturally without leaving any harmful waste.


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Support the BeeCause

Support the BeeCause

Oricalcum are giving away a pack of seeds with every pot of paint ordered as part of our initiative to support the BeeCause. Find out why...

BeeCause linseed paint seeds

BeeCause has been set up by Friends of the Earth because our relationship with the honeybee is not sustainable.

"Without bees, our environment and economy - including our food - are in trouble too.  We need them to pollinate our fruit and vegetables - it would cost farmers £1.8 billion a year to hand pollinate crops," says Friends of the Earth.

The number of honeybee colonies has decreased drastically in recent years. The BeeCause aims to combat that through educational initiatives.

As an eco-friendly company whose all natural products are made simply by pressing flax seeds to produce linseed oil, we felt Oricalcum could help the BeeCause by spreading the word to its eco-friendly paint customer. 

Find out more about the BeeCause or get your pot of eco-friendly paint and start saving the bees now.

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