If you have a little budding artist (or a big one) at home, you will need to nourish the love for the craft. There are lots of art supplies and products to choose from and with so many grey lines in particular concerning the safety of their use that it’s hard to know whether a product is healthy for your family or not.
Believe it or not, there are toxic-free, sustainable, recycled, eco-friendly, and green art supplies out there. You just have to have a bit of information and you’ll have the whole eco art world at your fingertips.
If you are shopping for green art supplies, you’ve come to the right place.
Easy Green Tips When Shopping for Green Art Supplies
The Eco-Friendly and Toxin Free Way to Nurture a Blossoming Artist
Tip #1 — Check the Label
The Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) is a non-profit trade association of art and craft materials manufacturers. Art supplies that bear the AP seal are certified non-toxic and would be your best bet. Any art material evaluated by ACMI will bear one of the organization’s seals. The AP (approved product) label appears on all supplies evaluated as nontoxic to both children and adults. Some older products may have a CP (certified product) or “nontoxic” HL (health label) seal instead of an AP label. . .1
Tip #2 — Check the Ingredients
Just kidding. Though ingredients in the art supplies are seldom listed, Art material formulas are always available to treating physicians through poison control centers.) If you have a poisoning emergency, call 1-800-222-1222
Tip #3 — Choose Wisely
Choose water based paints that utilize pigments found in nature (fruit and vegetables, for example). Consider choosing colored pencils rather than markers for your kid’s coloring projects. Take time to double check that the clay materials are made of non-toxic materials and colors.
The Ultimate Green Art Supplies
I discovered that finding healthy and green art supplies isn’t always an easy thing, though. With that in mind, I’ve come up with my favorite go-to list for eco-friendly and green art supplies. Bookmark this page for future reference. Here we go…
Faber-Castel triangular colored EcoPencils come in a beautiful array of brilliant colors making effortless art without interfering with the process by breaking or crumbling. They are smooth and silky and bear a triangular shape preventing them from rolling away (simple yet genius) and allowing for a comfortable grip. Faber-Castel chooses to make their EcoPencils from reforested wood, preserving natural forests.
Colowlful quality colored pencils (24 count set) are a wonderful addition for the beginner artist and the more serious artist, young and old alike. These high-quality eco colored pencils boast long lasting colors, are crafted in natural wood and come in an assortment of vibrant colors. The eco colored pencil cores resist breakage whilst the soft lead makes for easy clean sharpening. These colored pencils have a very comfortable grip, which makes for effortless drawing, sketching, blending and shading. The earth conscience colored pencils come in an eco-friendly box and are Non-Toxic, Phthalate free, and above all animal Cruelty-Free. These are the perfect addition to your green art supplies list this year.
Greencolors colored pencils are produced ensuring a sustainable means of production from beginning to end. They are the perfect addition to your green art supplies. The colors are so rich they glide onto the page! It’s also really easy to blend them together to achieve an exquisite finish. A mom of three toddlers I know loved these so much she had as a part of auto-delivery to her home every 3 months for her homeschooling routine.
One of the first art supplies Bossy got were crayons. She loved marking the paper with them as she does now, though her lines have taken on a new complexity and determination. You can find us on any given afternoon in the middle of the living room, sprawled out on the floor with loads of paper and colorful crayons creating our next masterpieces to hang on our already much too crowded wall. Here are the our amazing finds in the green crayon game.
Honey Sticks Beeswax Crayons
These Honeysticks Beeswax Crayons are sustainably handmade in New Zealand from 100% beeswax and 0% allergens like milk, rice, wheat, tree nuts, soybeans. They are chubby, short crayons making it easy for little hands to hold and are vibrant and smooth. You know you’re using green art supplies when they smell like honey!
Eco-crayons Sea Rocks
Eco-crayons sea rocks are made especially for little kids hands making it easy to hold on to the fun shapes. The colors are natural, vivid and bright making any project a satisfactory one. That’s important because no one likes to see a faint blue line where you’ve pressed a dark blue crayon with all your might. The eco-crayons sea rocks don’t disappoint in great colors and interesting shapes while keeping it natural. They are easy to hold, hard to break, and never have to be sharpened!!!
Filana Organic Beeswax Crayons
Made with just the right amount of natural waxes, color and love. Filana Organic Beeswax crayons are a natural alternative to conventional crayons for artists of all ages. Most crayons are made from paraffin and petroleum wax in huge factories. Not Filana’s. Their crayons are hand-poured in small batches, using organic beeswax. You’ll see and feel the difference in these awesomely green art supplies.
Brilliant Bee Ergonomic Crayons
These Brilliant Bee crayons fit little hands perfectly and the shape helps promote a correct grip on a writing utensil. The Brilliant Bee Crayons are made of natural beeswax using non-toxic materials and come in many beautiful colors making them a great choice for an artistically inclined and healthy family.
Sculpting is a fun way to explore dimensions and express oneself. Kids love experimenting with the shapes they can mold and how to squish mommy’s latest creations. Stamping, rolling, poking, spreading . . . There are endless ways to play with play dough and Imagination Tree covers a whole lot of them in Benefits of Playing with Play Dough where Anna also talks about the wonderful gains toddlers experience while playing with this amazing art medium. It’s a seriously awesome site, give it a read.
I also love, love, love that you can make your very own play dough with a few simple ingredients. Check out the Best Ever No Cook Play Dough Recipe by Imagination Tree. If you’re not having it and want to just buy your natural and eco-friendly play dough, look no further than the mentions below.
Eco-Dough by Eco-Kids
Bossy and I received this very set of eco-dough by eco kids from a dear friend who always knows the way to make this green family happy. We LOVE this product to pieces. Everyone we know who has this loves it too! There are a few iffy reviews out there mostly stating that the product dries out. And it’s true after about a year of use our eco-dough has dried out a few times. However, this is nothing a few drops of olive oil or water won’t fix! Today, our eco-dough is as good as it was the day we opened that thoughtful gift, though probably in much smaller quantities (#toddlerlife).
Eco-dough is an all natural alternative. It is made with plant, fruit and veggie extracts from annatto seed, beets, blueberries, carrots, paprika, purple sweet potato, red cabbage and spinach, flour, salt, cream of tartar, organic rosemary oil, vitamin E oil, soybean oil, coconut oil, potassium sorbet and citric acid. No chemicals, artificial dyes or metals. Even the containers are made from cornstarch and 100% compostable.
This is a great gift for a green-minded family and you will not disappoint even if they already have a few of these eco-dough canisters around the house. “We have too much fun dough!”, said no kids ever!
Note to mamas: if your babies have a gluten allergy eco-dough is not the best option.
Aroma Dough is the gluten-free, soy-free alternative to eco-dough. Their reviews are impressive and so is their claim to fame. I will be definitely trying this in my near future. I really love how dedicated the company is to the health of its consumers and the world that we collectively live in. It’s a message that is very important to me and it’s a must have on your green art supplies list.
Since 1992, Aroma Dough® has been the leader in gluten-free, non-allergenic dough that is safe for ALL children, even special needs and those suffering from celiac’s disease, autism and ADHD.
Aroma Dough FACTS: ALL of our products are Gluten Free! Made with 100% organic, wheat-free rice flour, sodium, water, moisturizing oils, natural aromas (no perfumes or pretend “scents”). Made with organic rice flours. – Winner of Seal of Approval by Parent’s Choice – Stays soft and pliable for hours of fun! – Non-crumbling formula washes easily from carpet and clothing (no kidding, really!) – Natural formula safe for little ones – Conforms to ASTM-D4236 Organic – Gluten-Free/Wheat Free Formula
Our product DOES NOT contain nuts, nut oils, perfumes, soy, dairy products or wheat. Aroma Dough® stays moist and pliable long after the others you’ve tried have dried. ALL NATURAL AROMAS – no Perfumes, “Scents” or Chemicals. Our Gluten Free Dough does not contain the following allergens: No Wheat No Soy No Dairy/Casein No Nuts No Latex No Egg No Corn No Mess. Made in USA Quick Clean Up!
When it comes to markers, it’s pretty straight forward — stick to water based.
Ah, the classic Crayola markers. They are waterbased and are easy to clean up. Vibrant and true to color with good care they will last for a long time to come. Our marker set has stood the test of toddler and though they are stubby and beat up, they’re still able to produce marks of wonderful hues that my little Bossy enjoys. These come in all sorts of sets: 8 (shown), set of 10, set of 50, and a set of 64.
US Art Supply
If you have a few kiddos looking to color or draw at the same time, these US Art Supply markers are great because they come in four 12 color sets, so there will be no fighting over who’s got what color. Bucket of 48 long lasting and durable broad tip washable markers in vibrant and bold colors. Excellent for kids to use for writing, drawing, coloring and doodling. Hold straight for fine lines and at an angle for wide lines. The vibrant inks do not smudge or bleed through most paper.
Perfect for the young aspiring artist to express their imagination while having fun doing it! These bright markers write smoothly and are fun for everyone to use. They are great for kids and students at home or school, plus teachers and moms love them! Perfect for any arts and crafts projects. We do not own this set but the reviews are lovely and people (and kids) are generally quite happy with the markers in this set. I love the array of colors!
Washable Markers are completely kid safe as they are non-toxic, water-based and conform to ASTM D4236 and EN71 certifications for art products. They are suitable for children 3 and above and have child safe breathable caps. They also provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee in case you are not completely happy with the product so you have nothing tho lose. Great for homeschooling!
Petite Children’s Earth Paint
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children—Native American saying.
How I Met Earth Paint — A Little Story
Earth Paint was introduced to me by an old friend of mine who lives in upstate New York worshiping nature and the energies that make us the universe and who we are. In her long flowing skirts she twirled over to me and almost in a singing wisper she said, “We need to expel the emotion”, as we sipped on spicy tea and dunked ginger cookies into it.
We were having a tough, tear endusing heart to heart and her abrupt, sweet intrusion surprised me a bit. At the time, I had no idea what she had meant. I never try to jump ahead of the game with this beautiful soul as she always tends to surprise me. I waited and wondered when she’d return admiring the afternoon sunlight bunnies sneaking in between thick, sleepy branches of a weeping willow outside her living room window and hopping along happily on her raw wooden floors in the slight wind.
She returned a few minutes later with a grin of a five-year-old and gracefully spun an object that landed near me on the couch. It was a drawing pad with a wonderfully chewed up cover and roughed up corners that folded and creased. I flipped through it to find a blank space — I was beginning to pick up on what she was putting down. The lime green and yellow silly faces inspired me. The six-legged cats and snail babies made me grin as my artistic juices began to flow. Looking up from the book, she was mixing bowls of paint. Earth Paint. I painted my mind that afternoon like a child. Blissful. Happy. Uncharted. I loved this moment. I loved this free, untaimed soul. I loved our time together.
It’s been a few years since that day. It was the last time I saw her. But I still have Earth Paint.
The Petite Children’s Earth Paint is fantastically brilliant and enjoyable to use, of course, it came right to mind when it came to the paint section of the green art supplies list.
The Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit (Original) contains: Six packets of powdered paint which each create approximately 11 ounces of paint. Each kit contains six colors of natural earth paint: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown.
Made with real earth! Reviewed in over forty eco-blogs, our 100% non-toxic Children’s Earth Paint kit creates a creamy, tempera-like paint when mixed 1:1 with water. Or add more water to create watercolors! The rich, vibrant colors can also be used by adults for crafting, scrapbooking, and more. All ages!
We offer our Original Kit with two ingredients: pure, natural earth pigments and organic milk protein. Made in the USA.
Glob Colors Non-Toxic Botanical Paints
Glob All Natural Paint Kit includes 6 color packets, 6 compostable containers with lids, and 2 bamboo brushes. Paint colors include Lemon Verbena, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Tangerine, Plum Purple and Basil Green. The brushes have a sustainable bamboo handle with cruelty-free Taklon bristles and this entire do-it-yourself kit is packaged in a sustainable rice paper pouch.
I got a chance to try this out with Bossy when we visited our my cousins in New York for their birthday last year. I absolutely love the colors of these paints and how delightful they were to work with. And you know that “stinky” issue when it comes to things like this? Not these Globs! They smell wonderfully pleasant and it made the time spent painting rather than huffing fumes so much more enjoyable. These are highly recommended and will probably be Bossy’s first paints when the times comes (which is soon).
Eco-Art-Pads have bright, smooth paper perfect for children using crayons or finger paint. Made in Maine with FSC certified paper and printed using soy inks. Eco-art-pads hold Rainforest Alliance certification known around the world as the symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The eco-art pad is an earth friendly book of paper for your little one to doodle and create masterpieces. Eco-art pads are made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials and agricultural waste. This “treeless” paper is made from the discarded stalks of banana trees (or pinzotes), which would otherwise have gone to waste. A safe and eco-friendly way to encourage your budding artist.
High-quality fine textured white paper of the perfect thickness. Perfect for any DRY media (pens, pencils, markers, ink, charcoal). The books are produced under eco-friendly and ethical practices that are completely safe for the environment yet are constructed with quality in mind. The pad comes with 50 sheets (100 pages) of paper is acid-free and won’t bleed through. The pages are 5.6 inches wide, by 8.18 inches tall making it the perfect size whether at home, at school, or on the go.
The adorable panda or the intriguing face on the covers will inspire kids of all ages to start drawing and flexing their imagination muscle. It truly makes an unforgettable gift for any little art lover. I know I’d cherish it forever.
Traveler Recycled Sketchbook
This little sketchbook was originally mine! Then, Bossy came along. The traveler is a sophisticated little drawing and sketchbook that features recycled white paper and a waterproof Italian cover accompanied by an elastic closure to keep everything tidy while out and about. This travels so well that I am kind of jealous that I never even put a mark in it before it was claimed by her (she since lost it). She brought it to the restaurant, to the doctors office, or just for the ride in the car (where I always have a stash of crayons ready). It’s sturdy, simple, and sleek yet fits into your green art supplies list effortlessly.
The Traveler sketchbook sturdy, simple, and sleek. You can choose from 3 sizes and 13 colors that would be loved by the minimalist kiddos!
Poof sidewalk chalk is non-toxic and environmentally safe. It comes in great, bright colors that are vivid even on the lightest of pavements. We got to test this chalk out at a friends house and Bossy even tried to smuggle some of it home. I’d say she liked it.
Kedudes Chalk Bundle
We have a whole ziplock bag full of this dustless, toxic-free chalk by Kedudes and love it. The colors are nice and this is not too easily breakable like some chalk out there. Cleans off easily with little effort making our lessons and games go smoothly. With the help of this, we learned the whole alphabet over the summer at age two!
Mungyo Pastels are toxic-free and bear the, earlier discussed, AP seal proving it’s dedication to their loyal customers, giving them a healthy alternative to the conventional pastels. The reviews are nearly flawless in praise. These are soft and so require a soft hand which I’ve seen kids possess. Mine does not! So keep that in mind when you get this item. They boast 3 hundred 4.5+ reviews on Amazon.
Avery Glue Stic
The Avery Gule Stic securely fastens paper, cardboard, photographs and more for great crafting and scrapbooking. Photo-safe formula is acid-free and won’t harm precious materials. Dries clear and wrinkle free. Washes easily out of clothes.
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