Paint and coatings manufacturer, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints – the manufacturer of Dulux Trade products – won two of the three Sustainable Innovation Awards at the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF’s) annual awards.
The awards reward innovative products, processes or services which make the most significant contribution to reducing environmental impact, while also contributing to economic and/or social aspects of sustainability.
The first award was for reducing the environmental impact of Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt White coating by developing a new formulation of Vinyl Matt White that contains 15% less embodied carbon and involves 20% less water in the manufacturing process.
The second was for a rain water harvesting initiative at the Prudhoe factory in Northumberland. Engineers at the factory developed a system to capture up to 1.7m litres of rain water per year. The system will cut the factory’s annual water usage by up to half, as well as speeding up the entire production process, due to higher water pressure on the site.
The company was also highly commended for its Dulux Trade Contract Partnership accreditation scheme, and for its provision of a sustainable package for large scale decoration projects, which includes products to help with reduction in energy needs from artificial lighting, a logistics solution to reduce contractor miles, the reduction of aqueous waste and solids from brush and roller cleaning, and also the reduction of waste by recycling cans.