The roots of success in plant-based paint
Seeds, tree bark, castor beans and other agricultural waste are the prime ingredients of Decovery®. Today, around 75% of these ingredients have negligible competition with the food chain. As we start to scale up production, we intend to move to a second-generation production process that does not interfere with the food chain at all. This means not only looking at how we get a greater yield of useful material from the raw materials, but also using completely new natural materials. For example, materials that can be chemically engineered to produce the natural oils we need to make a high-performing paint resin – until we eventually reach our goal of making 100% plant-based paints.
We go to great lengths to ensure transparency across the entire supply chain right back to the farm. We are currently working on certifying all feedstock and have some promising stories with suppliers.
We then use an acknowledged scientific method called the C14 analysis to measure and demonstrate the amount of plant-based materials inside every product in the Decovery® family – all conducted by a specialist independent laboratory. This enables us to give our customers a certificate confirming the precise amount of plant-based content in the product they buy (Decovery® can contain as much as 52% plant-based content depending on the grade). We are happy to share further information upon request.