Chances are if you searched on Art Supplies Stores and clicked on my page, then you are really looking for Toxic Free, and Eco Friendly Art Supplies. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack yes?
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These days art supplies stores do stock some toxic-free materials but make sure you talk to the store manager about the ingredients.
But just so you know, watercolors, acrylic paint, gouache, water-based inks, and colored pencils while not being completely toxic free, will have little or no impact on your health unless you get them all over you or eat them! You can use oil pastels fairly safely too as there is no dust from them.
Pastels, the chalky kind, are toxic and you breathe in the dust from them.
I have used pastels a lot and developed a routine that saved me from some of that toxicity, but it was involved and time-consuming. Also the spray, Workable Fixative that you use to fix the pastels so they don't smudge, is worse than anything I have used. Always take it outside to spray, hold your breath, quickly walk away after spraying, and don't bring the drawing inside until it is dry.
This pastel painting is © 2012 Carol Walden. Please do not copy this image; it is in a private collection.