The Complete Guide to Vegan Wall Paint

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When I first went vegan, I never would have imagined that some wall paint would not be vegan.

But here we are…

There’s 3 main reasons that paint may not be vegan:

  1. It can contain dairy products, usually milk protein as a binder.
  2. Many use beeswax as a binder.
  3. They test the paint on animals – This can include testing putting the paint on animals skin, but also forcing ingestion. Here’s an example of what can be included.

The real issue is that very few wall paints specifically state that they are vegan, but those are the only ones I feel safe using and recommending because it’s not like there’s a nice ingredients label on paint.

Some brands are at least clear that they don’t test on animals. For example, Benjamin Moore doesn’t.

How Vegan Wall Paint is Different

When you’re looking for wall paint, you’re going to see a lot of different terms that may be confusing:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Natural
  • Cruelty-free

Eco-friendly paints have to comply with local limits when it comes to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But they have nothing to do with veganism. Some eco-friendly paint may be vegan, but most aren’t.

Natural is a term with no actual definition or regulation in most places. They usually omit petrochemical products in favor of others. Again, some of these may be vegan, but many aren’t.

Cruelty-free wall paints are almost always vegan. Ideally look for the label “vegan”, but this is another good one to look for.

The Best Vegan Wall Paints

I’ll warn you upfront, it’s actually a giant pain as it stands right now to find vegan wall paint.

But, there are a few brands you can look for, mostly available in the U.K. and U.S.

1. Lakeland Paints

Available: Worldwide

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Originally, I read that Dulux paints might be vegan. I contacted their customer support and they replied:

Our paints aren’t vegan but I’d recommend contacting Lakeland paints who may have something more suitable for you:

This was the first I had heard of Lakeland, but now it seems to be the best option for buying vegan wall paint.

All their paints are VOC free, and more importantly, from their website:

NO heavy metal – all are VEGAN and (Toys) EN71:3/95 compliant.

So we’re not talking about a single paint, but any paint you find on their website.

I contacted their customer support and was told that although the company is based in the EU…

We ship all over the world – 56 countries so far

This is probably the best selection of vegan paints you’ll find.

2. Auro 524

Available in: U.K., U.S

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Auro makes all “natural” paint products that are petrochemical-free, but most of their products are not vegan.

However, they have one line called Auro 524, which is a vegan wall paint. It comes in many colors.

If you’re in the U.K. you can buy it on Amazon, or other online stores like Ecological Building Shop. You can also buy it in-person at a lot of stores, here’s a full map of stockists.

If you’re in the U.S. it’s a bit harder to find Auro 524, but Auro In The USA usually has it in stock.

3. Kreidezeit Wall Paint Vega

Kreidezeit makes an organic and vegan wall paint.

It used to be only available in the United Kingdom, but as a commenter on this post pointed out, can be bought in North America now as well. In the U.S., Kreidezeit is sold under the brand name “Unearthed Paint,” and in Canada you can find it from Tockay.

If you’re in the U.K., you can find it on Amazon, or on other paint stores like Mike Wye.

4. Unearthed Paints

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A final option is Unearthed Paints.

Most of their paints are vegan (except for their primer).

You can view and order them here. While the paints themselves are made in Germany, Unearthed Paints is based in Colorado (United States), and only ships within the U.S.

5. KILZ Paint & Primers

It appears that all KILZ paint and primers are vegan friendly, which is great news for North Americans. Although, they don’t have too many wall paints specifically.

It’s easy to find these paints at stores like Home Depot and Walmart.

A helpful commenter (see below on this page) reached out to KILZ and received this response:

We don’t do any testing on animals, and none of our ingredients come from animals either.

Acrylic latex is a synthetic polymer whose acrylate building blocks are derived from crude oil and natural gas. Most other ingredients are synthetic chemicals as well.

There are a few ingredients, such as cellulosic thickeners that are plant derived. All of our ingredients come from major chemical industry suppliers with dedicated sustainability programs. The pigments used in paint are either mined minerals or synthetic chemicals.

Which seems good to me!

6. Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball has stores in countries all over the world, and have quite a few vegan options, although not all of their paints are vegan-friendly.

I heard about them from a comment on this post (you can see the original if you scroll down on this page).

The most important snippet for you is:

We can confirm that our most commonly used finishes (Estate Emulsion, Modern Emulsion, Estate Eggshell, Modern Eggshell, Full Gloss, Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry) are vegan friendly.

We also have a range of four specialist, traditional finishes. Two of these, Soft Distemper and Casein Distemper, are not vegan friendly.

That’s a pretty good selection for vegans.

Conclusion

Yes, finding wall paint that didn’t involve harming animals shouldn’t be this difficult, but it is.

Much like eating, it’s also less convenient to make ethical choices for painting.

I know it’s a lot of work, but I hope that you’ll go with one of the above options, or contact any other manufacturer that you’re interested in buying from.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

15 comments

  • On their “about us” page, Unearthed Paint states that “Unearthed natural paints have been used by many people in Germany and other countries around the world for almost 30 years (under the name Kreidezeit), and they are now available in the U.S. for the first time”.

    So Unearthed Paint is also KREIDEZEIT.

    In Canada, you can purchase KREIDEZEIT products from Tockay at http://www.tockay.com/en/our-products/other-products .

    Cheers!

  • I recently contacted Kilz to inquire about whether or not their products are vegan/cruelty-free, and this was the response:

    Hello Lindsey,

    Thanks for reaching out to Kilz and for taking an interest in our products.

    We don’t do any testing on animals, and none of our ingredients come from animals either.

    Acrylic latex is a synthetic polymer whose acrylate building blocks are derived from crude oil and natural gas. Most other ingredients are synthetic chemicals as well. There are a few ingredients, such as cellulosic thickeners that are plant derived. All of our ingredients come from major chemical industry suppliers with dedicated sustainability programs. The pigments used in paint are either mined minerals or synthetic chemicals.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck with all your future projects, and please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

    Warm Regards,

    Roxana N.
    WebCare
    Kilz

  • Wow thanks for this amazing list. Very helpful. I’m vegan and going into interior decorating and starting my research and this was very helpful.

  • Thanks for your research, very useful. I still think that making enquires to dulux, crown, homebase an d other leading store shop brands is hugely beneficial in promoting the need to stop animal testing. As well promoting veganism (if uou state that from onset). The more people that show concern for animal welfair and boycott products that have been tested, the greater the chance for change.
    Thanks again Dale

    • That’s a good point that I didn’t think of. If you really like a brand, being vocal about veganism can always help.

  • Thank you for your article. You can also include Farrow and Ball paints as listed below.

    We can confirm that our most commonly used finishes (Estate Emulsion, Modern Emulsion, Estate Eggshell, Modern Eggshell, Full Gloss, Exterior Eggshell and Exterior Masonry) are vegan friendly.

    We also have a range of four specialist, traditional finishes. Two of these, Soft Distemper and Casein Distemper, are not vegan friendly.

    We hope that helps, do let us know if you’d like any more information. Many thanks, F&B

  • Hey dale . That was a very helpful article , thank you . I wanted to know if all wall paints are good to use for a vegan . I searched the web and your article answered all my questions . I appreciate all the facts you have managed to gather and present . I appreciate your spirit of veganism .. keep going .. good luck .. 🙂

  • Just because SW named the paint “vegan” doesn’t mean that it is in fact vegan. From what I can tell, only one paint is “vegan” and it is a green shade (I guess vegan to them means a shade of green). So I think that it should be removed from the list without further clarification from SW that it is in fact vegan in its ingredients.

    • After looking at this again that’s a fair point Amanda, I removed it from the list.

      Originally when this page was made there were very few options so I was grasping at straws, but since then I’ve been able to add more options that are clearly vegan.