Earth-Friendly Art Media

 If you’ve ever painted with acrylics or even if you’ve ever painted a wall, there comes a point when you ask, “Should I pour my paint down the drain?”

The answer is no.

This is not only harmful to the environment, it will mess up your pipes creating a costly plumbing issue.

We have a lot of artists in the world. I can only imagine the outrageous number of people who still do not know how to dispose of their paints properly simply because it doesn’t get enough attention.

Cleaning and disposing of acrylic paints is a process, which involves pouring your chemicals through a fine strainer and then mixing in an additive to separate the paint from the water. Then you test the PH to make sure it is free and clear. This takes a few days.

The process for oil paints, aerosol paint cans, gesso, and other chemical-laden textures is similar. Sometimes you have to wait for your city to have a “hazardous waste disposal day” so you can deliver your saved waste to them.

However, you can avoid all of this by simply using earth-friendly media.

Here is a list of art media that usually does not need rinsing, may be labeled as earth-friendly or non-toxic, or has an easy disposal process such as recycling:

  • Non-toxic Soft Pastels
  • Non-toxic Hard Pastels
  • Oil Pastels
  • Water-soluble Pastels
  • Pastel Pencils
  • Chalk
  • Chalk Pencils
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal Pencils
  • Graphite Pencils
  • Colored Graphite Pencils
  • Colored Pencil
  • Watercolor Pencil
  • Eco-friendly Watercolor
  • Eco-friendly Gouache
  • Ink Pens
  • Markers
  • Collaging with earth-friendly adhesives


  • Go Digital

The good news is that a lot of these work well together.

You can also help the disposal process of your earth-friendly media — that needs rinsing — by thoroughly wiping the paint off of your dirty brushes onto a paper towel and wipe out the palette instead of rinsing all of the pigment down the sink.  

However, don’t be discouraged about the oils and acrylics because you should be able to find eco-friendly brands, including gesso, solvents, glue, and fixatives. You just have to search them out. Choosing wisely will cut down on cancerous fumes and other life-altering, aquatic, plant, insect, or animal harm to the environment.

Try these brands:

Natural Earth Paint
Lukas Berlin
Chelsea Classical Studio 

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. ~Proverbs 18:9 KJV 

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. ~Ecclesiastes 10:18 KJV  

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