Last updated on April 6th, 2023 at 12:02 am
If you are looking for durability for outdoor painting, you need special exterior paints. These paints will withstand outdoor conditions – wind, rain, snow, changing temperatures, UV rays, etc. The very best option, of course, is opting for non toxic exterior paint – outdoor paints that are free of toxins, and therefore also safe for you and for the environment. Let’s find out more.
- Non Toxic Water Based Paint
- 1 // ECOS Exterior Satin Wall Paint
- 2 // Backdrop Exterior Paints
- 3 // The Real Milk Paint Co.
- 4 // Clare Exterior Paints
- 5 // AFM Safecoat All Purpose Exterior Satin
- 6 // Envirosafe Exterior Wall Coating
- 7 // Non Toxic Waterproof Paint for Wood: Nordic Chic® Eco Friendly Outdoor & More Wood Paint
- 8 // Best Waterproof Paint for Concrete Pond: Pond Armor Pond Shield
- Non Toxic Exterior Paint for Garden Beds
Non toxic paint is paint that contains no, or fewer, toxic ingredients and additives. It’s important that we also use non-toxic paints for outdoor purposes, because exterior paints are more potent than interior paints, in order to withstand harsh conditions. Exterior paint is used on wood, rubber, cement, vinyl, etc., on walls, porches and decks.
While shopping for non toxic outdoor paints, keep your eyes peeled for no-VOC (or low-VOC options). They should contain no biocides, fungicides or solvents, and should have low odor. Non toxic water-based paints are great, as they are made from materials such as water, plant oils, resins, plant dyes, essential oils, and natural minerals like clay, milk casein, beeswax, and mineral dyes. Water-based paints have a very low odor.
If it’s your first time trying any of these brands, here’s a tip: go to the store and look at the paint with your own eyes. Screen colors may vary, to your disappointment.
The eco-friendly exterior paints listed below are designed for outdoor use, and are among the best options for durable, non-toxic outdoor paints. Also, while you’re sprucing up your home, check out our posts on non toxic wallpaper, sustainable furniture, organic mattresses, and fair trade rugs!
Non Toxic Water Based Paint
Price: $42.85 per quart
Recommended for: stone, cinder block, brick, concrete and concrete siding
ECOS Paints are the Number One go-to brand for non-toxic exterior paints. They have zero VOC, are water-based acrylics, and their transparency with their ingredients list is such a breath of fresh air (pun intended). They also have the Exterior Low Luster Wall Paint, the Exterior Vinyl Siding Paint and Exterior Porch and Floor paint, among others.
ECOS has some stunning color options! You can order samples to try out before committing to a full order.
ECOS Exterior Paint Review: “First Ever Exterior Breatheable Paint for Allergy Sufferers. If this paint holds up, and it certainly has been time tested in England to good results, it is a great find for all folks who cannot stand the usual smells of paints. My professional painter thought it went on well, has good consistency, and is the answer for those with breathing problems as well as general users. Bravo for developing this success!!”
Price: $75 per gallon
Optimized for self-priming, easy application, ultra-low odor, high pigmentation, quick drying times
Backdrop is the first-ever climate neutral paint company. Their premium acrylic water-based paint, in utterly sumptuous colors, is made with the highest-quality pigments and resins. Backdrop exterior paints are Green Wise certified, are low VOC and low odor. And their paint cans can be recycled! Try their 12″x12” adhesive samples before buying.
Backdrop Paints Review: “Love everything about this! The color is transformative, the eco-friendliness is perfection and the can was so easy to use!”
Price: $69.99 per gallon
Formulated with with 100% organic ingredients, non-toxic, food contact safe, VOC free, and even biodegradable/compostable
The coolest thing about The Real Milk Paint Co. is that you can more easily make your own shades for use. They have 56 gorgeous colors, which come in powder form – you add water and mix into a liquid paint just before using. It’s simple to use, odor-free, and fast-drying on outdoor plaster, drywall, wood, stone, unsealed brick or concrete.
The Real Milk Paint Co. Review: “A good, solid white! I love that the paint comes off with water and isn’t toxic. I can pour it right down the drain. Easiest cleanup! Need two coats on a medium colored wood project.”
Price: $69 per gallon
Suitable for a variety of exterior surfaces including stucco, metal, brick, wood, vinyl
Clare’s 100% acrylic, water-based, designer-curated range of colors will cause excitement from the get-go. The ultra low-VOC, self-priming colors promise to be long lasting and “extremely durable.”
Clare Paints Review: “This is my favorite Clare color. I only use Clare paint because it is superior in quality to any other paint I’ve used. This color is ON POINT! It is a perfect neutral. It goes on so smoothly. Two coats and you’re done. I’ve used this for walls, trim, and even doors because it truly makes any room look elegant. It’s gorgeous.”
Price: $81.95 per gallon
Suitable for use on exterior walls and trim made of wood, stucco, masonry and primed metal
AFM Safecoat’s zero-VOC exterior paint is a durable, top-quality option. It is blister and fade resistant,, and cleans up easily with soap and water. This company strives to be environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Price: $56.95 per gallon
Suitable for use on a variety of masonry substrates, concrete, stucco, wood and metal
This low-VOC waterproof exterior paint is specially formulated, 100% acrylic to withstand harsh external conditions. In fact, as it is very resistant to salts and other elements, it is “superior to paints for homes/structures that are located near harsh weather conditions such as beaches.”
7 // Non Toxic Waterproof Paint for Wood: Nordic Chic® Eco Friendly Outdoor & More Wood Paint
Price: $40 per 750ml
Suitable for painting wooden furniture (inside and outside), window frames , garden sheds, gates, fences and wooden objects indoors and outdoors
This Danish paint brand offers water based heavy-duty furniture paint, zero-VOC and solvent-free, that is universally suitable for interior and exterior use. Nordic Chic paints are chalk paints with the EU-ecolabel, and luckily they sell globally through Etsy as well.
Price: $59.40 per quart
Can be applied to any constructed surface made of wood, metal or stone, & most plastics
This non-toxic epoxy liner is designed for the pond, and is available in 8 colors. Its self-priming, waterproof formula is suitable for use in a wide range of climatic environments. This non toxic waterproof paint is great for aquariums as well!
Pond Shield Review: “My old fountain was looking pretty bad, one kit of this stuff and I’m proud to have the neighborhood birds come to me for fresh water. It was relatively easy to apply and the best part is not having to clean the fountain as much. Very happy.”
Non Toxic Exterior Paint for Garden Beds
What paint is safe for raised garden beds? Well, what paint is safe for plants? Try milk paint! Milk paint is made from natural ingredients: milk protein, lime and natural pigments. It is non-toxic, and perfect for being around plants. For garden beds, apply milk paint and then add a layer of hemp oil for protection from the outdoor elements.
So, for your vertical garden, wooden trellises, and, yes, outdoor garden beds, add a pop of color using milk paint.
If you don’t want to paint the garden beds, you could always use wood sealers and natural wood protectants instead.
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