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Eco Friendly Paints & Papers

Our water based, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints are eco friendly, and with their low odour are great for your home environment and family lifestyle.

Green with Envy

Farrow & Ball is the green option whichever colour or pattern you choose. Our range of interior and exterior, modern and traditional water based eco friendly paints are available in 132 enviable colours. And our exquisite collection of wallpaper is made with our water based paint and paper sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) accredited suppliers.

Our Environment

We do as much as we can to help protect the environment we live in - it’s something we value and something we live by. Although we know we’re not perfect – the more we do, the better we get. From the creation of our water based paints and wallpapers printed onto paper sourced from FSC® accredited suppliers, to raw materials, energy use, packaging and distribution, we are motivated by a desire to care for our environment.

Water Based Paints

Our water based paints contain low VOC. In paints VOCs tend to be solvents such as white spirit, which evaporate as paint dries, releasing pollutants into the environment. A water based paint is kinder for the environment, and its low odour is great for your home environment too.

Our Progress

Everyone at Farrow & Ball is committed to Reducing, Reusing and Recycling – here’s how:


There are no solvents or emissions in the manufacture of our paints and papers.


As our paints are water based, brushes and rollers can be washed out with warm soapy water after use - eliminating the need to use any polluting white spirit solutions.


Our paints have been independently tested and approved to meet the Toy Safety Standard* so parents can rest assured when decorating their children’s nurseries and bedrooms or painting children’s accessories, toys or cots.


Our wallpapers are created using our eco friendly water based paints and paper sourced only from FSC® accredited paper suppliers.


Currently 97% of the waste we create producing our paints and papers is recyclable (including paint tins, paper, and packaging), reducing the need to landfill – we aim for continuous improvement.


Our packaging balances the need for sturdy boxes to safely deliver our products with our desire to protect the environment. 50% of our packaging uses recycled materials, and we use FSC® accredited paper suppliers to produce our brochures.


All the work carried out in our paint and wallpaper factories, showrooms and offices has been recognised by the ISO14001:2015 environmental management system certification, and we remain committed to continuous improvement.

*All Farrow & Ball finishes (with the exception of Limewash, Casein Distemper and Soft Distemper, which are specialist finishes) have been tested to and meet the requirements of BS EN 71 part 3 - Safety of toys - Migration of certain elements (The Toy Safety Standard).

Interested in being greener?

Avoid ordering more paint than you need. Our online paint calculator makes it easy to order the correct amount of paint. However, if you do find yourself with leftover paint, use it up inside cloak rooms, cupboards and wardrobes or donate it to a friend. Also making sure you recycle any old paint tins helps to care for the environment.

Animal Testing

None of our paint finishes have been tested on animals and the vast majority of our other finishes do not contain any animal derived products.

The only exceptions to these are Soft Distemper (which contains animal derived glue) and Casein Distemper (which contains acid casein and animal derived glue).