From our humble beginnings, Natural Earth Paint has prioritized Mother Nature and our earth-conscious customers as much as we have our bottom line. We strive to reduce our environmental impact and improve the planet in the process, and as such, we ensure that our facilities, ingredients, packaging, and contributions align with our values of safety and sustainability for all. Learn more below!
Our Facilities: We operate out of a 100% solar-powered facility in Southern Oregon. Our office also serves as a used packaging drop-off site for local residents and businesses. When we reuse packaging from our community, we keep those materials out of the landfill.
Our Ingredients: We source our pigments and natural ingredients from businesses across the globe, and despite their geographic diversity, they have plenty in common—each one is small, family-owned, and harvests ingredients sustainably and ethically.
Our Packaging: We use 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, home-compostable pigment pouches, and recyclable glass and aluminum bottles for our products. Our non-compostable pouches are 100% recyclable at thousands of stores worldwide, so please visit this website to search for a location near you. Additionally, all our kit boxes are created in a wind-powered facility. We are constantly working to improve our product offerings as technologies improve and new packaging options become available; you can read more about our packaging journey here.
Our Contributions: We strive to be a truly eco-conscious business that does more than just provide safe, natural alternatives to conventional fine arts and crafts supplies—we also believe it’s equally important to live our values by giving back to organizations that protect and replenish Mother Earth.
Here is the complete list of organizations we have supported throughout the years:
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation. As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. (source). Learn more about them on our blog.
Rogue Climate’s mission is to empower Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change, including low-income, rural, youth, seniors, and communities of color, to win climate justice by organizing for clean energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment (source).
Rogue Riverkeeper is an advocacy organization that works to protect and restore clean water, native fish and healthy communities in the Rogue River Basin, using fundamental environmental protections like the Clean Water Act to improve water quality across the 3.3 million acres of the Rogue watershed (source).
A MILLION CHOICES PROJECT
A Million Choices Project promotes and encourages access to the arts for underprivileged children in developing countries. This project strives to provide hope and creative outlets to children impacted by poverty and the threat of human trafficking. With the help of AMCP, these children receive the opportunity to explore and fuel their imaginations through the medium of art.
PSARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities in Southern and Central California, including education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Without PSARTS’ programs, children in the underfunded school districts the organization serves would not have access to the arts. We donate paints to their fundraisers (source).
Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo. They also protect the natural habitat of wild free-roaming bison and other native wildlife, and stand with First Nations to honor the sacredness of wild buffalo. Their primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection for bison and the ecosystem they depend on (source). Learn more about them on our blog.
Green America harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society, focusing on climate and clean energy, sustainable food and agriculture, responsible investing, and fair labor. They work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the abundance of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come (source). Learn more about them on our blog.
Prime Earth’s mission is to educate, empower, and engage people to become compassionate global citizens living in harmony with nature and each other. They strive to help create a world in which people revere nature and human diversity by understanding that humans fit within a global ecosystem and are deeply connected to the environment (source).
Rocky Mountain Wild is a non-profit organization that works to protect, connect, and restore wildlife and wildlands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region. Using research, community science, legal action, and advanced geospatial analysis, they offer solutions for conserving our most at-risk animal and plant species and landscapes (source).
PLANT A TREE CAMPAIGN
In honor of Earth Day 2013, we launched a campaign to plant 400 native tree seedlings each year to offset any energy we may use in the making of our products. We accomplished our goal from 2013-2015 and built a strong community in the process. We focused on heavily-logged areas as well as riparian areas that needed to be restored. Since then, we have partnered with One Tree Planted to further expand our positive impact on reforestation efforts around the world.