Professionals in the painting world aim for quality. The ambition and demand from the market to work in a sustainable way is ever increasing. Ralston, as the international brand of Royal Van Wijhe Verf, a Dutch top player in paint and colorant production, is known for its reliable quality. Due to their innovations, the Ralston BIO series is the best combination of quality and sustainability.

The new Ralston ExtraTex Matt is better to use, has a good flow and a smooth, stripeless result offering a unique high bio-based percentage of 40%-60%, only 1.68kg/litre of CO2 emissions and a lower environmental impact.

The quality is proven through longer “open time” and the adjustment of the rheology and viscosity, whereby dilution with water is unnecessary, provides a better flow, prevents lap forming and ensures that there are no “marks” visible. With a drying time of 0.5 hours (at 20°C and 65% R.H.), the results are super smooth, fully matt and the surface is repaintable within four hours, the company reports.

The greatest benefit to the environment is that Ralston extracts value from residual flows by using raw materials from second generation biomass. Ralston uses an innovative binding technology based on vegetable oils that makes it possible to replace the more traditional binding agents. A clear oil is extracted from biomass waste from olives, corn and sunflowers. This oil is the basis of the innovative binder. In contrast to fossil raw materials, vegetable oil is a renewable raw material and therefore does not come at the expense of agricultural land and food production for people and animals.

Bio-based percentages can be calculated in many different ways, making it difficult to compare them. In order to determine the bio-based content of Ralston paints, they measure the proportion of bio-based raw materials as a percentage of the total product. This is done by using the certified C14 method in accordance with the NEN-EN 16640:2017 standard.

As a family business, Royal Van Wijhe Verf invests in innovation and sustainability. Its brands, such as Ralston and Wijzonol, use bio-based raw materials and strive for the lowest possible CO2 emissions and a long lifespan. This has made them the first chemical company in the world with a B Corp certificate in 2016. They have also been named Best For The World in the “environment” category three years in a row. This means that Royal Van Wijhe Verf is globally among the top 10% of all certified B Corps in the environment category.

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