Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI), a unit of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), has started the process of appointing dealers for its newly developed eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, called “Khadi Prakritik Paint.” The dealers for the paint, made from cow dung, will be appointed on territory basis.
Dealers will be appointed in phases. In the first phase, dealers for the states in the western, northern and central India will be appointed. Interested parties can apply for dealership after paying a fee of Rs 50,000. Selected parties will have to enter into an MoU with KNHPI for dealership.
Khadi Prakritik Paint is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. Cow dung is the main ingredient that has gone into making of this paint which is cost-effective and odourless, and has been certified by Bureau of Indian Standards. The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others.
The paint has successfully passed various test parameters such as application of paint, thinning properties, drying time and finish, among others. It dries in less than 4 hours, and has a smooth and uniform finish. The paint can be applied on interior as well as exterior walls. Both distemper and emulsion paints are available in white base colour, and it can be developed in any colour by suitably mixing colourants.
Khadi Prakritik Distemper & Emulsion Paints have been tested at 3 reputed National Laboratories, viz., National Test House, Mumbai, Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi and National Test House, Ghaziabad.
Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint. The paint is priced at Rs. 120 per litre for the distemper, and Rs.225 per litre for the emulsion.