Product Focus: Colart

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Company name: Colart International Holdings
FSC label: FSC 100%
Products certified: brush handles and canvas frames
FSC licence number: FSC-C129594
Licensed since: 2016
Website: www.colart.com

Colart encompasses six of the oldest and most respected art supply companies from across the globe, including Winsor & Newton, Reeves, and Lefranc Bourgeois. Their mission is to provide sustainable, creative tools and services to release pure expression. To that end, Colart uses FSC 100% certified wood for some of its brush handles and its canvas frames.

For over 180 years, Colart has been combining craftsmanship with the highest grade materials when making the finest quality artists' brushes. The range of brushes in natural and synthetic hair includes the iconic Series 7 Kolinsky Sable watercolour brush. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all media, Colart brushes offer artists wide choice and ultimate control. Having premium quality wood that the company can trace as being responsibly sourced is essential to the company.


It takes time and skill to make the perfect canvas, and Colart requires specially constructed frames crafted from kiln dried solid wood. The canvas frames are manufactured using FSC-certified wood and prepared using specially chosen cloth and primer for excellent performance and long-lasting paintings. Sustainability and traceability of wood is crucial to Colart’s brands, as well as its customers.

Colart’s canvases and brushes are available worldwide in over 120 countries. FSC certification ensures the company meets the highest social and environmental standards on the market. With public concerns about the state of the world’s forests and timber resources increasing, FSC provides a credible solution to complex environmental and social issues.

Colart has also started introducing FSC-certified paper into its range of products as well as requiring FSC-certified packaging from suppliers. As the company increases its portfolio, it expects to move more Colart products to FSC-certified where applicable.

A version of this article originally appeared in the June 2018 edition of Forest Matters.


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