Famous landmarks and companies the world over are turning to a small Lancashire business for help.
Ecos Organic Paints, based in Heysham, are one of the only companies in the world to manufacture odourless, toxin free paints, and count giants such as Google, Westminster Abbey and the Paris Louvre as fans.
Last week the museum, which houses the Mona Lisa, made its first order for air purifying paint, to help preserve artefacts.
Company founder Ian West said: “We had a call from a lady who said they had been testing our paints and wanted to use them on some display cabinets for artefacts.
“Unlike conventional paints Ecos paint gives off no fumes or odours which can be damaging to fragile fragments, artefacts and parchments as well as to people breathing them.
“Plus our paint uses a unique technology of air-purifying molecular sieves to remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the air.
“These are things like formaldehyde which is given off by furnishings and manufactured wooden boards and benzene which comes from traffic fumes.
“We are so pleased the Louvre have chosen our products, we have supplied similar products to other museums, but this is a real feather in our cap.”
The product was first developed in 2005 and lasts for five years.
The company which was founded in 1989 and has 10 staff, produces 33 different kinds of products from paints, varnishes, woodwashes and woodstains.
Through magazine advertising, web searches and customer recommendations, the company have also supplied to Google and Westminster Abbey.
Ian added: “Google use our chalkboard paint at their US headquarters, the Googleplex.
“They cover full walls with it and use it for developing ideas.”
The paint, which comes in 120 colours - not just black - is solvent-free. odourless and can be wiped.