PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Free Download of

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Paint-Saving Package Bags Award

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More items for Coating Materials

More items from Europe

Comment | More

A new paint container design that reduces both paint and packaging could help stanch the waste of millions of liters of unused paint each year in the UK, its designer says.

Alec Machin's novel design has captured the new Richard Howarth Award from Britain's Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

RSA is a nonprofit "committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges."

Saving Paint

In England, those challenges include 50 million liters of wasted paint each year, RSA says.

Spilled paint
Creative Commons

About 75 million gallons of paint purchased in the U.S. are unused. Conventional paint cans, designed in the 19th century, allow the contents to dry out, says Alec Machin.

Machin's container features a one-way pouring valve that prevents paint from drying out; a storage bag that maintains its temperature; and a container, lid and valve that can all be recycled to reduce package waste.

The Howarth Award is a new RSA Student Design Award sponsored by an Apple industrial designer and former RSA Student Design Award winner. Machin is studying for his masters in Product Design and Manufacture (MEng) at the University of Nottingham.

'Ever-Growing Pile'

In the U.S., about 75 million gallons of paint each year are unused and eventually discarded. The metal paint can, largely unchanged since 1868, offers little protection to preserve its contents.

dECOrative paint can
RSA

Alec Machlin's paint package consumes less room than cans do for shipping.

"Other than actually holding paint, the traditional paint can offers very few benefits at all," Machin told fastcoexist.com.

"There's an ever-growing pile of old half-used paint cans sitting in my garage. Most of the containers have been deformed in some way . . . and a large amount of the paint which has been left in the container has already dried out.”

What's New

Machin's design, called DECORATE PAINT, is smaller than traditional paint cans, so consumers can purchase less paint at a time.

In addition, the novel one-way valve (think of a tube of toothpaste) protects the contents from drying out. And a special coating, using the same material in emergency blankets, protects the paint from heat and cold in a garage.

dECOrate paint package
RSA

A one-way valve prevents the paint from drying out, and unused containers can fold flat for shipping, the designer says.

The hexagonal package can also be shipped flat and, when assembled, fits more efficiently on trucks than conventional cans, the developer says.

As one of two Howarth Award winners, Machin will receive £2,125 ($3,600 USD) to help bring his design to market.

   

Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Design; Green design; Paint disposal

Comment from ivor williams, (8/12/2014, 10:15 AM)

FANTASTIC PRODUCT IS IT RECYCLABLE


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.


Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

some of the most important bridges in the country; learn about our NEPCOAT-approved system and our entire range of MCU & Polyurea coatings. 1-800-627-2968 www.wassercoatings.com


Sherwin-Williams
Heat-FLex® Hi-Temp 1200

Improved Corrosion
Resistance
Enhanced Durability
Faster Shop Throughput


International Paint LLC

International Paint Engineered Coatings

Learn about our solutions for:
  • Structural Steel
  • Piping & Equipment
  • Storage Tanks
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Secondary Containment


    Polyval Coatings
    Polyflex® Polyurea Linings

    exhibit outstanding versatility in use; providing abrasion resistance, superior seamless waterproofing and high-chem corrosion protection. www.polyflexlinings.com


    BASF
    New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

    Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
    polyorders@basf.com
    800-231-7868


    Graco Inc.
    Know what: you’re getting with Graco

    Only genuine Graco parts are built to the high safety and reliability standards you trust. Don’t risk it with knock-offs. Get $250 off now! Click for coupon.

  •  
     
     
    Technology Publishing

    The Technology Publishing Network

    The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
    Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

     
    EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
    REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
    MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
     

    © Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
    2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com