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100% recycled plastic containers

100% recycled plastic containers

We’re set to launch a brand-new paint container made from 100 per cent recycled plastic and we’re proud to be the first paint manufacturer in the UK to do so.


The plastic 2.5 litre and 5 litre containers, which will be available across the Crown Paints’ retail range from mid-August, have been manufactured by packaging solutions expert Emballator, using 100 per cent post-consumer waste (PCW) plastic for each container.


The innovative manufacturing process involves separating polypropylene plastics such as shampoo bottles, yoghurt pots, plastic water bottles and even elements from household appliances from unusable plastic waste - saving thousands of tonnes of PCW plastic from otherwise ending up in landfill.


Once sorted, the PCW plastic is turned into individual pellets which are then dyed and moulded to create the 2.5 litre and 5 litre paint containers, with the dark grey shade making them instantly recognisable to consumers. 


The paint containers, which will soon be available across the entire Crown Paints range including our larger 10 litre tubs and Crown Trade products, are also fully recyclable once empty and clean. With such sustainability credentials, the new paint cans are the ideal choice for today’s environmentally conscious consumers.


Gerard Dibb, managing director at Emballator commented: “We are proud to support Crown Paints in bringing this innovative 100 per cent recycled container to market at a time when the public’s concerns over plastic waste levels have never been higher.


“Plastic paint can producers have been striving to break the 25 per cent recycled level for many years and to reach the 100 per cent level is a great achievement. The technical requirements of these containers were very challenging but we succeeded by working in co-operation with leading plastic recycler ImerPlast, whose innovative and unique compatibilisation of the post-consumer waste made this project feasible."


The paint containers will soon be available in retail outlets and stockists across the UK and we’re continuing to work with Emballator to create new packaging solutions for the entire Crown family of products including Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex.