What We’re Doing to be Greener

Written on 27th June 2019

Contemplating the fate of the environment can be overwhelming – so overwhelming, in fact, that with the best will in the world, it can be difficult to know where to start. But despite how it may seem, it’s not all doom and gloom – from small-scale swaps to dramatic overhauls, people are responding to the plight of the planet en masse, and we’re no exception.

In fact, we’re big believers that no-one should feel like they have the world on their shoulders when it comes to making eco-friendly decisions on the products they buy. Sure, individual choices can have a big impact, but when the companies who make those products lend a hand too, everybody wins.

So allow us to cut through the noise – here’s Farrow & Ball by the numbers, a little something to let you know what we’re doing to help make your projects greener before they start.


The percentage of recycled (and recyclable) material that goes into our new shopping bags. When you take your favourite Farrow & Ball products home, you can put the bag straight in with your mixed recycling*. Buying online? The same goes for our cardboard boxes, which are made from 75% recycled material and rising.

Did you know: our eco-friendly wallpaper is vinyl free, which means it’s widely recyclable. Just be sure to check how recycling works in your area – your local authority can help.*


How many pieces of our dry waste go to landfill. When your paint and wallpaper is created at our Dorset factory, we extend the same care and attention to the materials that don’t make it onto the pallet. Every piece of dry waste we produce is either recycled or sent to a local processing centre to be turned into ultra-useful biofuel.


The percentage of liquid waste from our Dorset factory that gets recycled. We personally see to it that the waste water generated during the production of our paint and paper is purified at our own water treatment facility, before being reintroduced to the water system. We’re currently working to get this figure to 100%.


How many years in a row we’ve been recognised in the British Coatings Federation Coatings Care Awards. The gold standard for green paint companies, these awards are judged on everything from energy consumption and recycling to VOC emissions.

The number of times our iconic tins can be recycled. We’ve always chosen high-quality metal packaging for our paint because there’s no limit to the number of times it can be transformed into something useful. Just separate the plastic handle from any clean and dried paint tins when your project’s over, and you can drop both parts off at your local centre for recycling.*

Curious about what happens to your tins after drop-off? Follow their journey in this video from the Metal Packaging Association.

Our Products

When the products for your project arrive at your doorstep, you can rest assured that we’ve already put in the legwork to make them as kind to the planet as possible. Explore the site to find out what goes into our eco-friendly paints and sustainably sourced wallpapers.

* While these materials are widely accepted in household recycling and at recycling centres, this can vary depending on where you live. Please check with your local authority if you’re unsure.

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