Environmentally Friendly Painting Tools from Eco Union – Review and Guide

Environmentally Friendly Painting Tools from Eco Union – Review and Guide

By Mike Gregory


Eco Union are a completely new brand who are dedicated to developing environmentally friendly painting tools. They have a few products in their range that are worth talking about. I’m going to go through each of them, explain a bit about them and give my honest opinion as a decorator. I hope you find it useful.


 Eco Union OXO Biodegradable Dust Sheet


This isn’t the type of dustsheet you’d lay on the floor and stand on, more a substitute plastic sheeting to protect things like furniture or kitchen worktops. As a decorator I’d normally resort to using single use plastic for this type of task. I buy it by the roll and go through loads of it every week. At the end of a big job there are often binbags full of the stuff, all going to landfill where it stays for 10,000 years or so. This practice is very detrimental to the environment, however I’m not the only decorator who uses plastic sheeting.


I didn’t realise it was possible to have a biodegradable version!! This is a game changer for me. It does the same job as a roll of plastic and it’s roughly the same price. I would like to think every decorator will be using biodegradable dust sheets in the coming years. This is a big win for Eco Union and the environment.



Eco Union Paint Trays


I prefer using paint skuttles over trays, however I will base my review on how the Eco Union paint tray compares to other trays. This is another product which is biodegradable, eliminating even more single use plastic. I don’t know how to describe the material it’s made out of, sort of a hardened cardboard with a coating on it maybe?


Anyway, the Eco Union paint tray is tough enough to be used over and over again. It has a party trick too, you do not need to wash this product out. Simply wipe excess paint back into the tin, then allow your tray to dry. The dry paint will adhere to your tray and never flake. When you come to use it again, just pour your new paint onto the dried paint from the previous use.


If anything, the Eco Union paint tray is better than traditional plastic trays.



Eco Union Extra Thick Paintbrush


You can use this brush for any paint type. It is made up of a bamboo handle, a recycled metal ferrule and a natural bristle blend. It is a little bit top heavy, so your hand may ache if you use it all day. It does however, hold an enormous amount of paint and it is very easy to control. I’ve got to say, I really do like this brush and use mine often. It’s worth noting the brushes are handmade in Britain.


Eco Union do another paintbrush which isn’t quite as thick. Again, they advertise it as being suitable for “all paint types”, however it is very thin and soft so all-round use may be out of the question. It is great for painting in-between sockets or pipes. It comes into its own when laying off water-based trim paints.



Eco Union Roller Frame and Sleeve


These are products that I don’t get on with. The frame seems to be well made at first, but the arm and handle soon become slightly loose, meaning there is a bit of movement within the tool.


The sleeve, which is made from recycled plastic, distributes paint well once worked in. However, it leaves little air bubbles on your finished wall or ceiling which isn’t ideal.


Overall Outlook on Eco Union


I think Eco Union have accomplished what they set out to do. The have created trade quality environmentally friendly range of painting tools. Apart from maybe the roller and frame, I have no issues using any of these products and will continue to buy them moving forward. Particularly the biodegradable dust sheet, which I think should replace all single use plastic sheeting used in the decorating industry.

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Environmentally Friendly Painting Tools from Eco Union – Review and Guide