Call for Safe and Green Art Materials

San Francisco’s Department of the Environment and The Art Inspector are seeking manufacturers and retailers of painting products for the safe artists program. The program is looking for less toxic alternative art making products that are safer for both the artist and the environment to recommend to artists living or working in the city of San Francisco and for an expanded online audience.

Definition of Safe Products: For the purposes of this program we are looking for least toxic products that have a chemical composition that are not hazardous to human health or the environment and/or have been evaluated by industry standards, experts or that have a third party eco certification.

Specifically we are looking for paint, thinners, varnishes, solvents, pigments and any other products used for painting.

What the program can offer manufacturers and retailers:

Exposure to artists, art departments and schools in San Francisco and beyond. Product demos at workshops.

About SF Environment:

The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) creates visionary policies and innovative programs that promote social equity, protect human health, and lead the way toward a sustainable future. We put our mission into action by mobilizing communities and providing the resources needed to safeguard our homes, our city, and ultimately our planet.

All City departments are required to buy from an approved list of environmentally preferable, or “green,” products. To make this process easier, SF Environment created the SF Approved List to share the best green purchasing information with City staff and everyone else interested in alternatives to toxic products.

About the Art Inspector:

Incepted in 2009, Art Inspector started as a Social Practice project by Danielle Siembieda and is now a consulting firm focusing on lowering the carbon footprint of Art. It does so by providing services including education (Healthy Art Program), third party inspection (Green Certification) and policy reform (Healthy Art Reform).

The Art Inspector is a third party certification agent that examines the environmental impact of art process and practice. Art Inspector works with interested agents such as curators, artists, collectors, and others in order to pre-qualify artists who pass a standard of environmental stewardship.

Danielle Siembieda
San Francisco, CA



About Danielle Siembieda

Danielle is an art practitioner in the Bay Area. Working in areas of green technology, energy systems and art. Danielle founded the Art Inspector in 2009.
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