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From the Resene Paint Experts Q&A

Do you have a question about vegan paint products? Browse through this painting Q&A for help with your own projects.

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Q. What’s required to make a vegan paint? What can’t be used in a vegan paint?

A. A vegan paint is made like a normal paint, without the use of animal products or animal by-products and without being tested on animals.

April 2020

Q. What are the basic differences between a conventional paint and vegan paint?

A. For Resene, most of our conventional paints are vegan paints. The main difference is that vegan paints avoid any use of animal products or animal by-products. Most conventional paints don’t have these as ingredients anyway.

April 2020

Q. What are the basic differences between an eco-friendly paint and a vegan paint?

A. For Resene, most of our waterborne paints are eco-friendly, with Environmental Choice approval, and also vegan paints. However it is possible to have an eco-friendly paint that is not a vegan paint, and the focus of each paint is different. Eco-friendly paints focus on minimising toxicity, but this can mean some products could have animal products or by-products in them, such as something like beeswax that could be used as a final coat on cabinetry. Vegan paints are not specifically focused on eco-toxicity like eco-friendly paints are but are focused on avoiding animal products and byproducts.

April 2020

Q. Do you know of any health benefits derived from vegan paints?

A. If you are planning to decorate and are interested in paints that are better for wellness benefits, we would recommend choosing a product from the Environmental Choice approved range from Resene. These are low VOC or have no added VOCs, low odour and washable in water, which makes them easy to use with minimal disruption and without unwanted solvent odours. And as they don’t contain animal products or by-products they are also vegan.

April 2020

Q. I'd like to come into a store this week to grab some testpots in primary colours to paint a placard for an event. I'm thinking I'd like to get your standard Resene Black and Resene White shades, and shades such as Resene Happy, Resene Pursuit and Resene Half Resolution Blue.

I understand this might not be a query you get every day... but I was wondering if any of your paint formulas contain any animal-derived products/ingredients. Is it possible for me to get these shades, or similar, in a formula that doesn't contain any animal products? In regards to colour, I understand some reds might be animal-derived - do you have a vibrant red that doesn't contain animal products?

A. There are no raw materials derived from animals in any of these paints.

August 2019

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