I recently emailed Windsor and Newton regarding their use of animal ingredients within their art supplies, and they very kindly replied with the following message. (I’ve edited it slightly for space and formatting purposes.)
Firstly, none of our products are tested on animals. However, the materials listed below do contain animal derived ingredients (i.e., they are not animal-free).
This list only relates to current materials, so please check labels on older product as formulations may have changed.
Art materials containing animal derived ingredients:
Artists’ Water Colour range
Drawing Inks range
17 colours in our Designers’ Gouache range
3 colours in our Cotman Water Colour range
3 colours in our Artists’ Oil Colour range
Carmine (genuine, discontinued)
2 colours in our Artists’ Oilbar range
2 colours in our Winton Oil Colour range
2 colours in our Artists’ Acrylic Colour, Finity range
2 colours in our Galeria Flow Formula Acrylic Colour range
2 colours in our Artists’ Pigment (Dry Ground) range
1 colour in our Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colour range
1 colour in our Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour range
2 materials in our Water Colour Mediums range
The following brushes
Series 7 Miniature
Series 3A Designers’ Sable
Cirrus Kolinsky Sable
Pure Squirrel Pointed Wash Brushes
Pony & Goat Hair Mop Brushes
Goat Hair Mop Brushes
Sceptre Gold II
The following water colour papers
Artists’ Water Colour Paper
Saunder’s Waterford Paper
Cotman Water Colour Paper
Art materials without animal derived ingredients:
Calligraphy Inks range
Artists’ Soft Pastels
Bockingford Water Colour Paper
(This paper is safe to use because it’s not sized with an animal-derived product.)
Any other current Winsor & Newton art materials which aren’t mentioned above do not contain ingredients derived from animal sources.
Consumer Services Coordinator
Winsor & Newton
Special thanks to Annabelle Byrne and Winsor & Newton for this list.
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