India’s first ‘eco-friendly’ cow dung paint launched

The ‘Khadi Prakritik Paint’ is a first-of-its-kind product which is being touted as eco-friendly and non-toxic, with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. With actual cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is said to be cost-effective and also odourless. It has also been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Khadi Prakritik Paint will be available in two forms — distemper and plastic emulsion. The paint is priced at Rs 120 per litre for the distemper and Rs 225 per litre for the emulsion. The paint has been tested at National Test House, Mumbai, Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi, and National Test House, Ghaziabad. Khadi Prakritik Emulsion paint meets BIS 15489:2013 standards; whereas Khadi Prakritik Distemper paint meets BIS 428:2013 standards. The paint has successfully passed various test parameters such as application of paint, thinning properties, drying time and finish, among others. It dries in less than 4 hours, and has a smooth and uniform finish. The paint can be applied on interior as well as exterior walls. Both distemper and emulsion paints are available in white base colour, and it can be developed in any color by suitably mixing colorants, Khadi India said.

According to the Press Information Bureau, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME, launched the new paint, the country’s first, on January 12. The paint has been developed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission at his residence.