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Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 .

The NSW government recently announced that it intends introducing a Cash for Containers scheme to start in 2017 and to decide on a ­recycling model for containers (eg by introducing a 10c deposit as in SA) by March next year. At least 800 reverse vending machines would be installed at parks, popular beaches and public spaces by July 1, 2017

A Reverse Vending Machine or RVM allows people to insert their empty cans or drink bottles and redeem rewards or cash (currently in SA and NT only). You can insert your empty PET bottle or aluminium cans in the machine in return for either cash or rewards such as in-store chances to win prizes. Unfortunately glass bottles are not included in the rvm concept for NSW.

Some Councils, Supermarkets and Universities have already installed RVMs around the country.

Posted by on Feb 03, 2015 .

People in NSW will soon be able to claim a 10c refund on their empty drinks bottles and cans. This is as a result of the NSW government decision to at last introduce a cash for containers scheme, like the one that has run so successfully in SA for so many years. Greenpeace reports that this will prevent millions of plastic containers from ending up in our forests, beaches, rivers and oceans.

This will create a cleaner Australia, and one that’s kinder on our birds and animals. Plastic litter can be deadly for seabirds and other marine life, which is what makes this win so important.

Congratulations to all the groups who have worked so hard for this, including Australian Marine Conservation Society, The Boomerang Alliance, Total Environment Centre, Greenpeace, Two Hands Project, Take 3, Friends of the Earth, Tangaroa Blue, Responsible Runners and Surfrider Foundation Australia.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 .

Good News: You can continue to place orders over the Christmas - New Year holiday period.

But our hard-working warehouse and admin team need a break! So orders placed in the period 23 Dec to Jan 11 will be held for packing and dispatch in the week starting Monday 12 Jan 2015.

Have a safe, happy and sustainable holiday season from all of the team at BuyEcoGreen!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 .













  • Allow time for paint to dry between layers to achieve a more professional and detailed application.
  • Use the enclosed make-up sponge to blend colors, to create a soft, hazy look, or to coat the entire face with one colour.
  • Use tiny brushes and eyeshadow applicators for finer details. Rinse all brushes with soap and water after use so they'll be ready for your next application.
  • To speed drying time of paints, dust cornstarch over wet face paint.
  • Mix colors to get a wider range of colors (remember, red + yellow = orange; blue + red = purple…)
  • Use black or violet to darken colors.
  • Moisten Applicators before dipping in paint to make more fluid paint


By: Leah from Natural Earth Paints, USA.

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 .

A common question Leah at Natural Earth Paints gets is.... "After mixing up a large batch of Earth Oil Paint, how do I keep it wet for a long period?"

This answer could also apply to any oil paints that you use. Here are a few options (the first is Leah’s favorite)...

  1. At the end of a day's painting, scrape any leftover colors into small squares of foil, fold the foil over so that the paint is airtight. Smudge a little bit of the color onto the outside of the foil to identify it.
  2. Put two drops of clove oil in your paints when you mix them. Note: There is a slight risk of clove oil darkening your paint in the long term.
  3. Put a small sponge in your palette box and add a drop or two of clove oil to the sponge to keep paints pliant
  4. Smear some clove oil inside of a small glass jar, put the jar upside down over glob of paint on glass palette
  5. Put Cling film over your palette.
  6. Put covered palette in fridge.
  7. If you mix up a very large amount, you can use an empty paint...

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 .

Solvents such as turpentine, paint thinner, mineral spirits, and varnish emit toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as they dry. When poured down the sink, they send harsh toxins into our water supply. They also continue to off-gas from your finished paintings. The use of solvents as a paint thinner and brush cleaner is a relatively recent development in art history. Instead of solvents, traditional oil painters such as Rembrandt typically used walnut or linseed oil to thin their paint and clean their brushes.

For cleaning brushes:

  • Walnut oil works well and I also recommend Murphy’s Oil Soap (from the hardware store) as a natural, inexpensive alternative. I also love Eco Solve, a natural and non-toxic, soy-based paint thinner and brush cleaner.
  • Wipe off as much paint as you can with a rag; then swish your brush in a small amount of Eco-Solve, Murphy’s oil soap or walnut oil; then rinse.
  • Give them a final wash in the palm of your hand with soap and water.

To thin...

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 .

How long do the paints last once mixed?

The paints are best if used fresh. The makers recommend that you use only as much pigment powders as needed for one painting session. However, the paint should be able to keep for weeks or even months, but the colour wet will become less vibrant over time. So again, fresh is best!

How can I thicken the paint?

To thicken the paint, add a little starch (corn, arrowroot powder) or a non-gluten flour. Regular wheat flour doesn't mix thoroughly.

Will the colours fade?

Like other arts and crafts-grade paints, the Eco Paint colours can fade over time with exposure to direct UV light. While the makers chose the most lightfast, non-toxic, botanical pigments they could find, the paints are not archival quality, and are not recommended for professional artists. The paints are similar to a watercolour. The pigments are best used to colour your objets d'art, such as painting on paper, collage, wood stain, play dough, paper-mache and...

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 .

The Eco Paint Kit uses all natural pigments from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

The paint combines gum arabic (a natural watercolour binder), with all-natural botanical food colours that have been used in arts & crafts since historic times.

The colours come from beets, purple carrots, turmeric, and red cabbage, as well as beta-carotene from either oranges, tomatoes, carrots, or marigolds.

Another orange source is the annatto seed from South America, which has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes and can be traced as far back as the ancient Mayans. Annatto's deep orange colour is used today in cosmetics and to colour cheddar cheese!

Other colour sources include the gardenia fruit, and chlorophyll, which is extracted from alfalfa to make a grassy green.