Dulux uses recycled paint to cut carbon footprint

Manufacturer Dulux Trade has created a recycled paint to tackle paint waste and reduce its carbon footprint. 

Dulux has worked with resource management firm Veolia to develop a matt emulsion paint made from 35% recycled paint.

The recycled paint is taken from leftover white paint found in tins after use.

Veolia collects the paint from household waste recycling centres and “refines and filters” it at a re-manufacturing plant. This is then transported to a Dulux manufacturing facility to be mixed with new paint, which is “re-engineered and tested extensively” to make the Evolve product.

Paul Murgett, sustainability manager at Dulux Trade, said: “With over 700 million litres of paint being sold every year, millions of litres of unused paint are put into landfill or incinerated. Evolve, developed as a result of years of investment, hard work and commitment to improve our sustainable offering, is the first step towards reducing this quantity.

“By introducing Evolve, we will help to reduce the carbon footprint of our Dulux Trade products, and help our customers reach their sustainability goals too.”

The project has cut the carbon footprint of each litre of Evolve paint by more than 10% and will contribute to Dulux meeting sustainability targets. 

Meanwhile, a Gartner study has recommended that supply chain officers prepare for the transition to circular economy models and take a more “holistic view” of supply chain processes by adopting methods such as waste reduction, reuse of materials and recyclability.

“Organisations are under pressure to reduce the amount of waste they’re producing – from consumers and governments alike. The solution to this challenge is a shift towards a circular, waste-free economy. The supply chain will play a key role in this process,” said Steven Steutermann, managing vice president at Gartner Supply Chain, according to Government Europa

“To turn around a supply chain system, 10 years is not a long time. CSCOs [chief supply chain officers] should deploy change management programs and start pilots now.”

Separately, the European Union has declared new standards that ensure manufacturers make household appliances “longer lasting” and easier to repair.

This aims to use the circular economy approach to encourage consumers to repair and reuse appliances rather than buy new ones.

Monique Goyens, director general at the BEUC, known as the European Consumer Association, said: “The new repair requirements will help improve the lifetime of everyday appliances that currently fail too quickly. It is crucial we bin the current throwaway trend, which depletes natural resources and empties consumers' pockets.” 

Meanwhile, The Royal College of Nursing has released a statement which prioritises action against climate change and plans to develop main objectives in the next six months.

“Lobbying for accelerating sustainable procurement and accelerating sustainable procurement” for supplies used by nurses and midwives has been identified as one of six main areas of focus. 

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