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 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 be transparent – here’s Farrow & Ball by the numbers, a little something to let you know what we’ve done to help reduce the environmental impact of your projects before they start.


The percentage of our range that’s water based. We were the first in the industry to transition our entire range to fully water based, gentler formulas back in 2010.


The percentage of our cardboard boxes made from recycled material. When your Farrow & Ball products arrive on your doorstep - if you’ve ordered from us online that is – you can pop the box straight into your recycling, it’s fully recyclable.


Did you know? Our 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.


The number of pieces of dry waste from our factory that 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 we’ve been recognised in the British Coatings Federation Coatings Care Awards. The gold standard for environmental performance among 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. Metal tins are widely accepted at UK recycling centres so you can likely drop the tin and handle to your local facility but be sure to check the services available in your local area.

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

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