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Are Your Non-Toxic Art Supplies Really Toxin-Free?

Have you ever tried to investigate the ingredients in your favorite conventional art supplies?

Chances are, you had a hard time figuring out what was in them, just like artist and Natural Earth Paint team member Kate Gregory. 

“This year, I found out I had six different severe contact allergies, and my doctor told me that I had to re-assess everything that touched my skin on a daily basis—and I mean EVERYTHING. While going through my makeup, soaps, nail polishes, and more, I realized I hadn’t checked my art supplies. So, I contacted the company that makes the conventional gouache I had lying around from my university days, assuming they’d be able to provide the information I needed. I received this response:

‘Thank you for reaching out to us. Although we are unable to provide the EN-71 or Material Safety Data Sheet for the requested item, rest assured all of our products are tested to ensure their safety. This product is AP-certified non-toxic and conforms to ASTM D-4236 standards. If there is anything else we can help you with, please feel free to reach out to us. Have a great day!’

Which means:

“We’re hiding our ingredients and their safety information from our customers, but just trust us on this one. It’s fine.”

Ugh. If these paints were really non-toxic, what would this company have to hide? These potentially toxic gouache paints were some of the first of my products to be retired.”

Kate’s realization that she couldn’t depend on big-name art supply companies to provide safe products for her creative practice not only changed the way she sourced her art supplies – it also inspired her work at Natural Earth Paint.

Visit our blog to learn more about Kate’s journey! Hear Kate’s Story For our diligent artists who are doing their best to keep toxins out of their studio, we’re offering 10% off our Earth & Mineral Pigments. You deserve to be worry-free when you get creative!

Just use code ToxinFree at checkout. Enjoy! Shop Now

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Natural Earth Paint, 
330 E Hersey St Suite 7, 
Ashland, OR 97520 
United States

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