In a new article by Osmo, they address precisely the main issue faced by designers, architects, and specifiers: the climate and biodiversity crisis. 

Read Osmo’s article here.

Osmo UK uses carefully harvested natural oils and hard waxes to create durable and aesthetic finishes for wood. They use the following natural oils for their finishes: 

  • Sunflower Oil
  • Soya Oil
  • Linseed Oil
  • Thistle Oil
  • Carnauba Wax
  • Candelilla Wax.

All of Osmo’s products are vegan: they are good for wood, and the environment.

The first step towards accessible sustainability is specifying materials and products which are practical, durable, and eco-friendly. Osmo recognises that an item will have an impact on the environment during its entire life span, not just during its production and shipping process. This is where we come in: finding sustainable products all in one place can be a challenge. However, IGOLO is your one-stop-shop for sustainable home design and renovation.


IGOLO overview. A marketplace on an ipad showing the available product categories ranging from furniture to building materials


About Osmo

Timber is often cited as the most sustainable material. Wood can be endlessly reused and recycled, and it has some excellent aesthetic and biophilic properties too!

Wood needs to be protected to ensure its durability and long-term beauty. This may include protecting it from the elements outside or from regular wear-and-tear over time.

Osmo provides a plethora of oil-based wood finishes, containing carefully harvested natural oils, hard waxes, and inorganic pigments created from natural ores that have been cleaned and refined until only a pure mineral element remains. These finishes help nourish the wood, and retain its flexibility while forming a protecting, microporous and extremely durable surface.

Osmo is based on high quality, renewable and raw materials. The combination of oils and waxes protects the wood from inside to out. Once dry, the wood is food and animal safe, and it becomes a dirt and fluid-resistance surface.


Polyx Oil Tin by Osmo UK - a sustainable finish for wood



Verity Smith, BA History

Verity Smith IGOLO One stop shop for sustainable home renovation & designVerity is a lifestyle writer aiming to help people find actionable steps to sustainable change. She spends a lot of her time researching and keeping in the loop with new eco-materials and methods that will change the home design industry (and the world) for the better. You'll most often find her with her nose in a book.
July 27, 2022

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