Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Byline: DIY guru Julia Gray

ECOLIBRIUM is celebrating its first birthday, having launched in March last year as a range of naturally formulated gardenfurniture treatments.

The company won Best New Decorating Product at the 2008 DIY Show and now also makes a range of 24 natural paints.

All 24 colours are available in natural matt emulsion and nine come in natural satin as well. Natural products account for more than 90 per cent of the ingredients and include sustainable plant oils and earth pigments.

Ecolibrium products are available from selected Homebase stores and independent stockists. You can also buy them on the Ecolibrium website (www.ecolibriumpaints.com), with prices starting at pounds 2.49 for a 125ml tester pot.

It's not just new eco paint brands leading the charge to save the planet. Farrow & Ball have recently launched a new environmentally friendly range of varnishes and interior and exterior paints called Eco Friendly, which will replace its traditional range.

The company has significantly reduced its use of solvents and more than 90 per cent of its paints are now classified as having a low, minimal or zero (tested to United States Environmental Protection Agency standards) volatile organic compound (VOC) content. VOCs pollute the environment and can be harmful to our health.

The Eco Friendly range combines the convenience and environmental benefits of water-based products, including reduced drying times and no odour, with the performance of oil-based ones (Farrow & Ball traditional oil-based formulations will only be available until 2010). To find out more, see www.farrow-ball.com or look out for the new Eco Friendly label on Farrow & Ball paints.

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