TARTAN PAINTS
The Healthier Choice Paints from Tartan Paints

HEALTHIER CHOICE PAINTS

Healthier paints for the environment, For painters and for you!
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Environmentally-Friendly Paint Options

EnvIrOnment Friendly PAINTS

Reduce your impact on the environment
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Colourful Paints

Choose Any Colour you like

We can create any colour Paint you like.
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HEALTHY CHOICE Affordable PAINTS

All our paints are produced with your health in mind and come in reused and 100% recyclable 12.5L & 5L buckets. Where possible we try to do our best to be as environmentally friendly as possible. For local painters, we offer a buyback of the paint containers for re-use. 

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Tartan Paints takes the health of people and the planet seriously. This is why we have developed a new approach to paint which provides a healthier choice for the environment, for painters and for you!
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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Are your paints Australian made?

Yes, we manufacture our paints right here in Melbourne Australia. We source all our materials locally where we can to maximise our control over what we use in our paints, and to minimise the carbon footprint of our products.

Are your paints environmentally friendly?

Yes. We have created a paint which is a healthier choice for the environment, for painters and for you!

  • - Our paints are free of most of the harmful chemicals that are found in most other brands.
  • - We avoid petroleum products where possible.
  • - Sustainably sourced additives where possible.
  • - Sustainable manufacturing processes (e.g. water conservation).
  • - Our paint is packaged in re-used and recyclable plastic buckets.
  • - We will continue to improve where possible. 
  • - Factory powered by carbon neutral electricity.
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We take the environment extremely seriously and where possible lessen our impact on our Earth.

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Do you deliver your paints Australia wide?

Yes we do. For associated shipping cost please see below.

Free delivery Australia Wide for orders over $100

Metro Melbourne area free (on all paint deliveries) 

For orders under $100: 
Regional Areas (Victoria) - Flat rate $15
Interstate areas -  Flat rate $30

Do you offer Trade paint pricing?

Yes we do, please make contact to create an account. We offer great trade pricing levels to help reward you for using our products and save you loads of money at the same time.

Just because we offer a healthier choice of paint doesn't mean it needs to be more expensive, in fact, we offer high-quality hard-wearing paints that are more affordable than most paints on the market.

How are Tartan Paints healthier?

I began to look into the ingredients of the paints that I, and every other painter use every day. I found that several of the ingredients found in most paints on the market in Australia contain diuron and carbendazim. These two chemicals have been banned in Europe, the US and other countries due to its suspected link with cancer and damage to unborn children. Diuron is labelled as a ‘Class 3 carcinogen’ in Europe. Carbendazim is similarly linked to human and environmental harm. These two chemicals are not yet banned in Australia, and although the popular paint companies are aware of the potential dangers, they continue to use both diuron and carbendazim in their products.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, I also found that most paints have what are called ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ (VOCs). These compounds are what gives paint that particular ‘freshly painted’ smell that we are all familiar with, but are actually a toxic form of off-gassing that is potentially harmful. When you breathe in that ‘freshly painted’ smell, you’re actually breathing in toxins that are harmful to your health. This impacts the health of those whose homes and workplaces have been recently painted, but imagine the impacts on professional painters, who spend every working hour breathing in those toxins!

I discovered that most, if not all paints available in Australian include Diuron, Carbendazim, Alkylphenol Ethoxylates, Styrene, Fumed Silica and Crystalline Silica, all of which have been found or suspected through robust scientific investigation to be linked with serious health issues such as cancers, birth defects, allergic reactions or other irritations. In other countries many of these chemicals are either banned, under investigation or labeled as extremely toxic to human health.

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How much paint do I need?

Everyone uses different amounts when applying the paint to surfaces therefore depending on the amount of paint you use on the brush or roller may depend on the coverage so we can only use approximate measures.

However, on average this would equate to approx 16 square metres per litre (one coat).

Is there such a thing as ZERO VOC paints?

Unfortunately, No. All paints have what are called ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ (VOCs). These compounds are what gives paint that particular ‘freshly painted’ smell that we are all familiar with, but are actually a toxic form of off-gassing that is potentially harmful. When you breathe in that ‘freshly painted’ smell, you’re actually breathing in toxins that are harmful to your health. This impacts the health of those whose homes and workplaces have been recently painted, but imagine the impacts on professional painters, who spend every working hour breathing in those toxins!

Although every effort is made to remove VOCs through drying and purifying, there will inevitably be trace amounts in the finished raw materials that are used to make the paint and in tinting pastes that are needed for colouring. Therefore, there is no such thing as a truly 100% VOC-free or Zero VOC paint, as all paints will contain very small trace amounts of VOCs through their raw materials. You may see some paints advertised as Zero-VOC paint, however this is a loophole in Australian law that allows paints that are less than 5grams per litre to be advertised as VOC-free. Rather than using this loophole to claim zero-VOCs, we prefer to be transparent and advertise as Ultra Low-VOC paint. We have reduced the VOCs in Tartan Paints to what we believe is one of the lowest level of VOC paints available in Australia.

What colours do your paints come in?

We can create just about any colour you like. Please provide us with your preferred colour name and colour chart/brand so we can match to the exact tint. Keep in mind that since darker and richer colours require more tinting, they will cost more. When ordering, please indicate 'Darker Clour' from drop down list. This will give you the adjusted price. If you are not sure if your colour falls into this category, don't hesitate to contact us.

What is VOC?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Anthropogenic VOCs are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest. Harmful VOCs typically have compounding long-term health effects.

Why are VOC's so bad for you?

VOCs are harmful chemicals that have been attributed to many health conditions including breathing difficulties, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision and even cancer. You may have even noticed at times when you've entered a freshly painted room you've felt a little dizzy, perhaps a little nauseous or your eyes started stinging. This may be an indication of how your body is being impacted by the VOCs and other harmful chemicals in paints.

In my own experience as a painter for over 30 years and using paints full of VOC's and other harmful chemicals, my health deteriorated to the point where I needed to stop. This is why we developed the Tartan Ultra Low VOC's paints to help make a difference to the world by providing a healthier choice paint for the environment, for painters and for you! 

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