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Published on May 15th, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano


A List of Eco-Friendly Art and Craft Supplies

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I would love a good database of eco-art and craft supplies, wouldn’t you?

In our blogroll we have links to companies that offer eco-goods, but it is not an exhaustive list. So, I have been adding to this start, a list of sites and companies that offer great eco-craft goods. Feel free to leave comments and links of any that I may have missed so we can have a great go to resource when in the need for eco-friendly craft supplies.

Basic Eco-Art Supplies

Eco Art Works
A lot of green art supplies.

Racines Office and Art Supplies
An eco-conscious company that sells environmentally friendly art and office supplies, carries Nori rice paste (glue) and Golden Harvest Wheat Paste in addition to other beautiful and natural art supplies.

Amazing EcoGlue
Low/No VOC earth friendly craft glue.

Eco-Friendly Paint

Earth Safe Finishes
Earth Safe Finishes has a variety of eco-friendly acrylic, fabric and other paints, stains, clear coats, varnishes and specialty products- all created to be Earth Friendly.

The Real Milk Paint Company
The original milk paint company.

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company
Safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly paint.

Mythic Paint
No VOC paint.

Krylon H2O Low VOC Spray Paint
The first low VOC spray paint available, 100% acrylic latex spray paint.

Healthy Home
Carries Safecoat paints.

BioShield Paints
Non-toxic, no VOC paints, stains and finishes.

Guide to non-toxic paints.

Green Planet Paints
Mineral and plant based paints.

Eco-Friendly, Handmade and Recycled Papers

Paper Origins
Handmade, tree free, and specialty paper products.

Clear Envelopes
Carries many products but they have a big selection of handmade Thai and Indian papers.

Organic cotton, hemp and recycled stationary, gift wrap and 100% natural biodegradable ribbon.

Of the Earth
Beautiful selection of exotic, handmade, tree free papers they also sell a variety of natural ribbons including lotka twist ribbons called Eco-Twist, natural silk, and Earth Satin they also sell tree free, handmade and recycled paper to make your own invitations or other paper products.

Green office and art supplies

The Green Office
Green office supplies, lots of paper choices.

Green Earth Office Supply
Green office and art supplies.


Cream City Ribbon, Inc
The biggest variety of natural eco-friendly ribbon.

Sweet Organics and Naturals
Sweet Organics carries natural biodegradable ribbon and eco-friendly curling ribbon.

Their boxes are recyclable but their ribbon is made from recycled paper, you can purchase just the ribbons.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

15 Responses to A List of Eco-Friendly Art and Craft Supplies

  1. Julia says:

    Thanks for the great list. I can’t wait to check it out!

  2. Chloe R. says:

    Here’s a list of eco-friendly textiles stores

    Betzwhite – organic canvas

    DaisyJane – organic cotton sateen & organic cotton/hemp canvas

    Danielle Stewart – hemp / organic cotton (Australian)

    Fiber Organics

    Ink and Spindle – Organic cotton/hemp blend, Hand screen printed textiles. (Australian)

    Mod Green Pod – Organic Cotton Upholstery Fabric and Vinyl-Free Wallpaper

    Modern Organic Fabrics

    Pippijoe – hemp/organic cotton, hemp (Australian)

    Swankyswell – Organic Cotton

  3. Lynn says:

    Great list Wenona. How about http://www.ecogreencrafts and

    Also found more in the book “Green Guide for Artists,” which I’m not sure, but maybe you reviewed?

    One other suggestion I would add to anyone reading this. If your local store does not carry eco-friendlier supplies, talk to the manager and let her know you want them. Then buy locally. This is the way we can spread the word!

  4. A bit of self-promotion here, but has an extensive selection of Nepalese Lokta paper – made from a renewable shrub, by a women’s collective. We would love to be added to your list!
    Thanks in advance. claire

  5. Hippielu says:

    These sources are realy helpful for anyone trying to use enironmentally friendly products in their crafts! I am loving the eco-glue, which eliminates the most toxic part of crafting. Remember, any time you recycle an item in your crafts you are using green practices. Try using scraps of paper from the mail or upcycle old jewelry pieces when you need some pizzaz!

  6. Jessica says:

    Artterro makes eco-friendly, mixed-media art kits. Check us out:

  7. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for this list, I am always looking for eco friendly supplies (especially paper), so this is really helpful! Does anyone know any good sites for green jewelry findings?

  8. Great list of eco craft supplies. I love Eco art works!

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  10. Jennifer says:

    Does anyone know where I can find eco-friendly, natural grosgrain or twill ribbon for baby bedding?

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  12. Mary says:

    Searcing for folks that may be interested in this new idea. Please pass along to anyone interested. Hope you like it.

  13. Beth Q says:

    I pray that I can find products to use, from your wonderful list, that help to enjoy crafting, since I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder severely. Thank you for doing this so very much!!

  14. Thanks for sharing Wenona! With so many concerned about the environment, you offer some great suggestions for eco-friendly art supplies. We supply a range of environmentally friendly pastel pencils and have seen a high demand for them. It’s clear this is a concern for many and we intend to increase our range.

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