Sherwin-Williams recently received an Environmental Protection Agency award for their paint made in part from recycled PET bottles and soybean oil. First unveiled in 2010, the three new Water-Based Acrylic Alkyd Technology (WBAAT) paints received top marks under the Designing Greener Chemicals category of the 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. By replacing oil, which is currently the standard base for the firm’s alkyd paints, with the PET/Soybean alternative, Sherwin-Williams has reduced the emissions of harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) by 60%.

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Sherwin-Williams has added three sustainable paints to their repertoire, including the ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd that boasts a VOC content of less than 50 grams per litre. Since 2010, this technology has spared the environment a whopping 800,000 pounds of VOCs, and saved 1,000 barrels of oil. Additionally, the company diverted 250,000 pounds of #1 PET from landfills by recycling it for their new eco-friendlier product line. A giant in the commercial paint industry, Sherwin-Williams is setting the tone for a much more sustainable future.

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