Like Clementine Art, Eco-Kids is a small company dedicated to providing healthy, 100% natural, eco-friendly products for kids. It was created in 2008 by two enterprising parents (Cammie & Kip Weeks) who took the homemade art supplies that they made for their two children (Jack & Maggie) and started selling them at local farmer’s markets around their home in California.
They started with their Eco-Dough line of modeling dough and quickly expanded into other products like their Eco-Finger Paint, which is a line of finger paints made of entirely natural materials and colored with various vegetable and plant extracts. Now, there’s even a Gluten-Free version of the Eco-Finger Paint.
Unlike other finger paints though, the Eco-Kids finger paints don’t come in liquid paint form. They come in a set of five dried paint powders. To use them, you have to “make” the paint by measuring out the powder and mixing it with a measured amount of water. When compared to other finger paints, this extra step makes the Eco-Paints more of a hassle to use. But it also mean the paints will last longer since your kids will only have access to the predetermined amount you make for a given play session. Each of the five tubs of powder also makes about ten ounces of paint (compared to the four ounces of paint in a Crayola Finger Paint tube), which helps partially make up for the Eco-Finger Paint’s higher price tag.
Warning from Eco-Kids: the purple paint will definitely stain clothes.
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Despite expanding its product line, opening up distribution to multiple countries, and no longer operating out of the Weeks’ home, Eco-Kids is still a home business at heart. Cammie and Kip still hand-mix all of their Eco-Finger Paints in their Portland, Maine home/office (relocated from Hollywood, California), which is about as Made in America as it gets. And what they can’t make by hand, they source responsibly. For example, the Eco-Finger Paint tubs and packaging are made out of recycled post-consumer material and printed with soy dyes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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But if you’re a too busy to deal with paint powder instead of paint we also recommend considering the Clementine Art Natural Paint Set which is also 100% natural and equally 5-star American Alternative rated. You can also consider the incredibly easy to use Crayola Washable Finger Paints which come in squeeze bottles, are 5-star American Alternative rated, and sell at a lower price.