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This Paint Is Made From Plastic Bottles

Sherwin-Williams has received an EPA green chemistry award for its paint formulation that contains recycled plastic bottles and produces less air pollution than typical oil-based paints.

The new paint combines the performance of alkyd, or oil-based, paints, with acrylic paint’s low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause respiratory irritation and damage to kidneys, lungs and nervous systems. According to the EPA, Sherwin-Williams manufactured enough of these new paints in 2010 to eliminate over 800,000 pounds of VOCs.

The water-based acrylic alkyd paint features another environmental benefit – it is made from recycled PET plastic bottles, in addition to acrylics and soybean oil. Consumers can find the new paint formulation in several of the company’s products: ProClassic Waterbased Acrylic Alkyd, ProMar 200 Waterbased Acrylic Alkyd and ProIndustrial Waterborne Enamel.

The EPA awarded Sherwin-Williams with a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in the “designing green chemicals” category at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last night. In its 16th year, these awards recognize the design of safer and more sustainable chemicals, processes and products that prevent pollution and reduce Americans’ exposure to harmful chemicals.

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Article by Alexis Petru

Alexis is a contributing reporter for Earth911. You can follow her on Twitter @alexispetru.

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One thought on “This Paint Is Made From Plastic Bottles

  1. Once upon a time, in an agricuturally based America, where the farmers ruled the day, Hemp oil was used, and almost exclusively, for paint products! Apparently, or at least from the musings of the historians of the day, it was astoundingly durable, long-lasting, and self-curing. What ever has happened to those formulations? Will they surface again in America after the economic failure, the big crash? Canada prepares for that day now, legalizing great fields of industrial hemp, in hopes of export, to a more tolerant, less coca-cola corpocracy controlled America, soon to show its face , after the “Great Crash” . Will the Chinese refuse, limit, restrict, loans demanded by the Obama regiem? Will the republicans yield, just enough for the Uber-Rich to reamain tax free? Can the American government really face insovency? Watch your TV’s 8 August, for more!

    Posted by Bruce Miller | July 7, 2011, 7:50 pm

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