The use of surface coatings protects the items they are used on, such as wood, masonry, plastic, metal and many other surfaces, contributing to better durability of such materials and saving our natural resources. Likewise, printing inks help in the identification and packaging of food products, enabling them to be appropriately marked and labelled, which then protects and extends the life of the contents. Decorative paints and wallcoverings also enhance our lifestyle and protect the built environment.
Our industry continues to be proactive in developing new products and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the production and use of their products, such as lower VOC-containing products, in paints and inks alike. There are now many examples of innovations designed to minimise energy consumption, VOC emissions, water consumption and transport, within the surface coatings industry. Other sustainability examples include an increasing use of renewable materials, advanced recycling and waste recovery techniques and the supply of products in returnable packaging.
A recent industry-led national initiative was the development of the Paintback© program. This program is a cost-effective solution for household and trade painters to remove unwanted paint and packaging. Paintback© will also fund research to find better uses for unwanted paint. The following PDF provides an excellent summary of our industry’s support for sustainability.