Why do we want change?
Because, for every litre of water and solvent-based paint stashed away, there is an estimated 500ml of valuable polymers going to waste. Our report Polymers in liquid formulations: opportunities for a sustainable future shows that enough polymers in liquid formulations (PLFs) are used each year to fill Wembley Stadium 32 times – and the paints market is the largest, by volume.
We have suggested how to make all markets that rely on this valuable group of chemicals found in millions of products worldwide more sustainable, and convened an industry task force to plan how to make this a reality.
What can we do?
Fortunately, leftover liquid paint can be turned back into high quality paint for reuse without much technical challenge. In fact, several remanufacturing schemes already exist in the UK – but we need to raise awareness and call for a plan that makes sure this happens nationwide.
Take a photo of your stash and push for better paint recycling by sharing on social media using #PaintStasher, then use our tool to write to your local MP, MSP, MS or MLA.
And as ever, all #PaintStashers can do their bit for sustainability simply by following our tips below: reduce, reuse, recycle.