Natural Paints & Finishes

The one thing that a paint or finish needs to do is work, this should be the case with all paints and stains but often inferior or cheaper products fail, equally the wrong choice of product can also fail. We have worked with a number of globally recognised manufacturers to offer a compact range of proven performance paints, stains and associated products all designed and tested to give superior protection without chemical,toxic or unwelcome ingredients.

Many of these products are suitable for those with intolerances or allergies. Our products do not contain VOC's or substances harmful to human health


Our manufacturers:


Livos

Livos were the world’s first manufacturer of commercial natural paints; Livos manufacture natural paints, oils, varnishes, maintenance and cleaning products.  Livos impose strict environmental, ecological and sustainable criteria on everything they do, their products are healthy, environmentally friendly and made from natural and renewable raw materials – good for you, good for the environment, good for the climate.

Over 30 years of research, experience and innovation makes Livos the oldest continuous industrial manufacturer of ecological paints and oils worldwide. Made without harmful chemicals, Livos products contain only biologically and environmentally responsible ingredients, grown without the use of pesticides. Livos products are never tested on animals. Livos use pure and odourless raw materials

A full declaration (declaration of all ingredients) is a Livos standard since 1984. This full transparency towards customers made Livos a pioneer in the paint industry.  The Full Declaration is part of the Livos holistic approach, in particular for people with allergies but also simply for good health.

Livos also produce a wide range of their products in their ‘Neutral’ range designed for the chemically sensitised and allergic.

Applications

Livos Classic Range:

  • interior wood
  • exterior wood
  • metal
  • plaster
  • walls (all types)
  • cleaning and care

 Livos Neutral – for the allergic or chemically sensitive:

  • Solid wood, floors and furniture
  • Cabinet interiors
  • Stone
  • Mineral surfaces

Corical

Corical is made by Arte Constructo which was started in 1989, since then the company has built up a large expertise in the use of lime in construction; the product range includes the development of darker pigments always considered an issue with lime based (or natural) paints. Now the range included dark hues of umber, red, green and even blue these are additions to the lighter and more pastel finishes. The Corical range is truly versatile for use inside and out.

Arte Constructo have a well defined and environmentally sound approach for over a decade they have used the term bio-ecological architecture to describe a way of understanding the built environment which makes everyone aware of the need to protect a healthy and viable planet for future generations, their approach to natural, recyclable and low polluting materials has been mainly targeted at specifiers and architects.

 In line with  National and Community legislation, Arte Constructo have led the way implementing strict quality controls well within these environmental parameters both in the production cycle and in the products themselves, minimising harmful effects whilst ensuring the maximum level of recycling.

Applications

  • Exterior render / masonry / brick
  • Interior plaster / masonry / brick

Beek

Founded in 1894, by Ludwig Beek have been involved in the production of pure active silicification mineral paints based on water and glass, the breakthrough formulation was to create a paint with an inseparable bond between the coating and micro porous substrate, Ludwig Beek achieved this with a pure crystalline finish mineral paint system suited to historic buildings for both interior and exterior use. The original formula is still used today in the manufacture of Beek Pure Crystalline Finish Mineral Paint a highly durable, UV stable yet breathable paint available in a wide range of colours

Beeks has stood for top quality lime and soluble water paints suited for use on historical building materials for more than 120 years. Proven on critical substrates of listed buildings, on which synthetic resin bonded systems frequently fail.


The capillary-active coatings have ideal open porosity, and are therefore extremely valuable in building physics terms. Thanks to silicification (The act or process of combining or impregnating with silicon or silica; the state of being so combined or impregnated, hardening and bonding to you and me!) they form an inseparable mineral unit with the render or plaster substrate, they do not tend to flake and crucially do not form a vapour-tight  high-tension outer skin. This open porosity is a key component of any structure designed to breathe. The high alkalinity of the coatings has a mould resistant and anti bacterial effect. Beek paints are pure mineral paints that only contain natural ingredients. They are free from synthetic solvents, plasticisers and biocides.

Applications

  • Exterior render / masonry any mineral surface
  • Internal plaster / any mineral surface 

St Astier

In 1833 Louis Vicat, still considered today one of the greatest authorities in hydraulic limes, surveyed the limestone quarries at St. Astier situated in the Perigord area of Dordogne where archaeological evidence shows that lime was produced in Roman times. Vicat concluded that the material was appropriate for the production of natural hydraulic lime. Industrial production begun in 1851. Today, St. Astier's production capacity is over 100.000 tons per year.

The deposits extend between Montaceix and Neuvic sur l'Isle (approx. 10 km) and the layer is over one hundred meters thick. It was formed during the Upper Cretaceous period (approx. 75 million years ago) by marine sediment (mostly crustacean and corals). The sea in the basin was not subject to severe currents and this allowed the formation of a uniform and undisturbed layer of calcareous rock infiltrated mainly by silica with only insignificant traces of other elements. This characteristic of the rock is unique in Europe and is the reason why the St. Astier products are so reliable.

The composition of this calcareous rock infiltrated mostly by silica makes all the difference between producing materials with constant characteristics or being unsure of the final qualities as is commonly experienced when argillaceous or less pure limestone deposits are exploited

St Astier Natural Hydraulic Limes (NHL) and derivative products have been produced by the same families since 1851. The mineralogical characteristics of the raw materials, the manufacturing process and the quality controls are such that users are assured of the constant performance of the products

Applications

  • Exterior render / masonry
  • Interior plaster / masonry / brick
  • gypsum plasters / plasterboard
  • Cement board
  • Lining paper
  • Untreated timber


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  1. Concentrated eco friendly glass and mirror cleaner from Fragile Earth

    Concentrated eco friendly glass and mirror cleaner from Fragile Earth

    £8.18
    Environmentally Friendly Glass and Mirror Cleaner

    Glass and Mirror Cleaner cleans glass and mirror without leaving a film, smears or streaks. It is an ammonia, soap, acid and solvent free concentrated cleaner . Free of fuming solvents, butyl cellusolve, ammonia and denatured alcohol.

    For smear free cleaning, simply apply with a trigger spray, wipe over and polish off with a paper towel.

    Add 50ml to 450ml of water. Don't forget that because our glass and mirror cleaner is diluted with water it is extremely economical. Compared to other products like Bio D glass and mirror cleaner which typically costs £3.65 for 750ml, our glass and mirror cleaner is great value at 44p per litre. As it is concentrated the container is so much smaller, and because you simply use our refillable trigger spray it makes this a truly environmentally friendly product.

    Price is per 500ml bottle

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  2. Concentrated Medi Bath, Whirlpool Bath & Jacuzzi Cleaner 1

    Concentrated Medi Bath, Whirlpool Bath & Jacuzzi Cleaner

    £10.07
    A simple to use micro-emulsion sachet

    Just drop it into the water to activate - no mess, no waste.

    Price is per 1 sachet

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  3. Concentrated Path And Patio Cleaner 1

    Concentrated Path and Patio Cleaner

    £9.50
    Our Environmentally Friendly Path and Patio Cleaner is a concentrated moss, algae and mould killer

    Many paths and patios have become very dirty over the exceptionally wet winter. Now is the time to give them a good spring clean! Each 50ml sachet makes 5 litres. This works out at less than £2 per litre, which when compared with a product like Enviro-Works Path and Patio Cleaner at £6 per litre represents great value for money. Also, because Fragile Earth's No Scrub Path and Patio Cleaner comes in a sachet, there is no bulky container to dispose of. Avoid using if rain is imminent or expected within 6 hours

    Price is for 1 x Sachet

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  4. Concentrated Caravan Cleaner 1

    Concentrated Caravan, Camper Van & Boat Cleaner

    £12.71

    Each 50ml sachet makes 5 litres, This works out at around £2.30 per litre, which represents great value for money. Also, because Fragile Earth's Caravan, Camper Van and Boat Cleaner comes in a sachet, there is no bulky container to dispose of.  Avoid using if rain is imminent or expected in 6 hrs

    Price is for 1 x Sachet

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  5. Concentrated Decking And Garden Furniture Cleaner 1

    Concentrated Decking and Garden Furniture Cleaner

    £9.50
    Our Environmentally Friendly Garden Furniture Cleaner is a concentrated moss, algae and mould killer

    After such a wet winter garden decking has taken some punishment. Use our cleaner and it'll soon be back to its natural beauty.  Each 50ml sachet makes 5 litres, this works out at around £2 per litre, which represents great value for money.  Also, because Fragile Earth's Decking and Garden Furniture Cleaner comes in a sachet, there is no bulky container to dispose of.  Avoid using if rain is imminent or expected in 6 hrs.

    Price is per 1 x sachet

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  6. Concentrated Eco Friendly Toilet Cleaner 1

    Concentrated eco friendly toilet cleaner from Fragile Earth

    £8.18
    Environmentally Friendly Toilet Cleaner

    A safe alternative to bleach for removing limescale from the loo and will leave it sparkling clean and hygienic. Non fuming and non corrosive. Simply add 100ml to 400ml of water and spray around the toilet bowl. Don't forget that because our toilet cleaner is diluted with water it is extremely economical. Compared to other products like Bio D, Ecozone or Ecoleaf, which typically cost more than £2 per litre, our toilet cleaner is great value at 88p per litre. As it is concentrated the container is so much smaller, and because you simply use our refillable trigger spray it makes this a truly environmentally friendly product.

    Price is per 500ml bottle

     

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  7. Baumit UniPrimer, Breathable primer for renders and plasters

    Baumit UniPrimer, Breathable primer for renders and plasters

    £23.74
    BaumitUniPrimer is a vapour open primer used to reduce and equalise the suction of substrates, to equalise the colour of the substrate, to enhance the water repellency of the substrate, to mprove adhesion and to enabling bonding to a wide range of substrates.

    BaumitUniPrimer can be used internally and externally

    It is suitable for application on to contact mortars, lime and cement based plasters/renders, concrete and well adhered mineral, silicate and masonry paints.

    Baumit UniPrimer should be well mixed before use, normally with a plaster whisk, and then applied evenly to the surface by brush or roller.

    When using rollers it is often useful to add up to 5% water as this method applies the primer more thickly.

    The primer should then be left for 24 hours before any further coating are applied.

    Yield*: 100 – 125 m²/25 kg bucket on base coats

    20 – 25 m²/5 kg bucket on base coats

    12 m²/5 kg bucket on render coats

    Consumption [m2]*: 0.2 – 0.25 kg/m² on base coats 0.40 kg/ m² on render coats

    *Approximately, dependent on the absorbency of the substrate

    Please remember that this product should only be used between 5C and 30oC and that humidity will affect drying times for this product.

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  8. Dubron Interior Natural Dispersion Paint For Walls & Ceilings (412)

    Dubron Interior Natural Dispersion Paint For Walls & Ceilings (412)

    £9.24

    For interior surfaces such as plaster, masonry, woodchip wallpaper, gypsum plasterboards, clay plaster as well as absorbent, sound surfaces treated with dispersion paint. Not suitable for textile or vinyl wall coverings and for existing vinyl coatings

    Where the substrate is porous the apply Grava wall primer. Dubron is washable, very economical with a low tendency to drip or splash it has very good water vapour permeability.  

    A short nap lamb’s wool roller with rounded edges and a natural bristle brush are ideal to use.  

    Can be tinted to any ratio with URA Colouring Paste.

    Permeable to water vapour when completely dried. Coverage strength is in accordance to the German Industrial Norm (DIN) 55 987.

    1 litre undiluted is sufficient for approximately 8 m² per coat, i.e. 125 ml/m².  This could be considerably less, or more, depending on the condition and absorbency of the surface. Remember to prime porous surfaces with Grava Wall Primer. A test application first will help determine the likely coverage rate.

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  9. Grava Concentrated Interior Wall Primer (408)

    Grava Concentrated Interior Wall Primer (408)

    £6.97

    A high quality concentrated primer for use on a wide range of interior surfaces used to stabilise slightly sandy, chalky or highly absorbent surfaces as an adhesion agent for LIVOS wall paints.

    G RAVA Wall Primer Sealer No. 408 was rated as very good in the magazine "Öko-Test: Guide for Construction, Habitation, Renovation" edition 5 / 2003. For water vapour permeability.

    • Provides good surface adhesion for Livos paint.
    • Deeply penetrating and highly effective.
    • Concentrated product that needs to be diluted with water.

    1 litre of diluted solution is sufficient for approximately 17 m2 i.e. 59 ml per m2 . This could be considerably less, depending on the condition and absorbency of the surface, we always advise testing an area first to give an indication of likely coverage.

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