Beautiful decorating doesn’t have to cost the earth. So how do we do our bit for the environment?

It’s not just about going for materials that promote themselves as environmentally friendly

We care about all aspects of decorating that impact on the world around us. We recognize our responsibility towards protecting the planet and take active steps to use materials and resources sensibly, and we continually review how we do things to save time and energy: here are just a few examples.

In 2013, we introduced a system for cleaning our brushes that used harvested rain water.

We prefer working with recycled cardboard paint trays and kettles that don’t need washing and all our spirit cleaner is recycled and re-used so nothing goes to waste.

We also try to ensure that all of our brushes are made from a mixture of recycled and sustainable materials.

Three easy ways to minimise paint wastage:

  1. Get some advice about the right sort of paint for your project. We can help with this.
  2. Use samples so you can be sure you have exactly the colour you want before large quantities of paint are bought.
  3. For areas like ceilings that often just need a standard white paint, take advantage of our ability to buy in bulk – we only charge you for what is used which is great for reducing packaging, minimising waste and keeping your costs as low as possible.

Our favourite eco-friendly paints include:


Produce a wonderful range of natural clay paints that allow your walls and ceilings to breathe.  The formulation and rich texture of the paint works particularly well in older properties but the colour palette is also very contemporary, making it a truly versatile paint.

Earthborn are one of the few brands to be awarded the prestigious Ecolabel Flower symbol given to paints, varnishes, flooring products and oils and waxes that meet the strict environmental and performance criteria of the EU Eco labelling scheme.

env-little-greeneLittle Greene

Another company offering some gorgeous paint and wallpaper that we love to use. Their environmentally friendly paints and wallpapers are among the highest quality available. They only use natural, organic and safe-synthetic pigments and their paint is rich and deep in colour. More pigment means higher covering power and longer life so you use less and achieve great long-lasting results.

Although oil based they do not have the strong smell normally associated with this type of product so they are a pleasure to use and the results are amazing.

env-duluxEco Gloss

We are great fans of Dulux Eco Gloss, a water-based product that delivers a brilliant white gloss finish.  This is an excellent alternative to traditional oil based gloss and like all acrylic paint, has the added advantage of being quick drying.




We’re big fans of EcoEzee and we’ve been working with them since Juniper Ash’s very early days. You’ll often see us working with their compostable paint trays, which are also made from 100% recycled materials, and we can’t speak highly enough about their bamboo paintbrushes.

Dulux Certificate for 2013Recycling

We’re delighted to be members of the Dulux can recycling scheme.  We return empty Dulux cans to one of their many recycling points across the UK where they are recycled or re-used.

Last year Juniper-ash Decorating recycled 100% of its Dulux cans.

Community RePaint

How many half used tins of paint do you have stored away from an old project that one day, you’ll get round using…but never do?

As our customer, you have the option to keep any leftover paint that has been purchased especially for your project as materials are included in your quote, but if you can’t think of any use for it before it goes off, then why not make a positive difference to the community?

Any surplus paint we can’t use goes to Community RePaint projects. Supported by Dulux since 1993, this scheme provides the perfect solution by taking unwanted half tins of paint and distributing them to individuals, families or charity projects in need of paint.

If you can’t use your leftovers then simply leave tins with us and we’ll donate them on your behalf.

If you’d like to know more about ways that we support and protect the environment, please get in touch!