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Mylands: Plant-Based Emulsion Paint, Made from Olive Pits

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Mylands: Plant-Based Emulsion Paint, Made from Olive Pits

October 10, 2023

Established in 1884, Britain’s oldest family-owned and -run paint manufacturer Mylands is committed to reducing its impact on the planet through innovation. As the last remaining London paintmaker, still based in Lambeth, Mylands is the preferred paint brand of the British film, TV, and theatre industry. Over the past 12 years the company has worked to reduce the amount of chemicals and microplastics used in its paints by embracing the power of plants.

Enter the humble olive, which, over the past few decades, has grown into a global agri-food enterprise. As a result, a slew of byproducts—millions of tons of leaves, stones (pits), water, and pomace residue—are discarded every year, inspiring a wealth of research and experimentation.

Let’s take a closer look at the company’s plant-based range and new Olive Stone Emulsion.

Photography courtesy of Mylands.

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Above: Mylands Olive Stone Emulsion Paint in Long Acre No. 102.
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Above: The Olive Stone Emulsion Paint in Cornhill No. 128.
mylands offers a palette of \180 highly pigmented, very low voc paints. the com 19
Above: Mylands offers a palette of 180 highly-pigmented, very low VOC paints. The company’s water- and plant-based resins are made from sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients, and many of the mineral fillers are derived from natural clays.
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Above: Wanting to be a part of the upcycling movement—and to make constructive use of a waste product—Mylands launched Olive Stone Emulsion. Tagline: “Innovation does grow on trees.”
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Above: Stockwell-Green No. 203 Olive Stone Emulsion utilizes ground olive pits as a natural filler, resulting in an ultra-matte finish.
olive stone emulsion is 56 percent earth pigments and other bio based ingredien 22
Above: Olive Stone Emulsion is 56 percent earth pigments and other bio-based ingredients, and is suitable for all interiors, including high-traffic areas.
olive stone emulsion is breathable, wipeable, and toy safe; the paint was award 23
Above: Olive Stone Emulsion is breathable, wipeable, and toy-safe; the paint was awarded an ultra-low A+ rating for French VOCs.
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Above: Mylands manufactures all its paints in-house in order to maintain full control over its sustainability claims—Soho Pink No. 266 Olive Stone Emulsion Paint is shown here. This autumn, it will also be launching a range of upcycled paints that re-engineer the company’s own leftover ingredients, canceled orders, and mistinted batches.
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Above: Millbank No. 254.

Launched in September, Mylands Olive Stone Emulsion is currently available in the UK; it debuts in the US this November. For more info, head to Mylands.

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