So, wait, paint can be recycled?
Yes, just like plastics can be recycled, paint can too. (We're talking about the excess paint cans in your basement or garage; we haven't figured out how to peel it off the walls and recycle it just yet.)
How does paint recycling work?
First, homeowner's excess paint cans are accepted at household hazardous waste collection points, consolidated into containers and shipped to recyclers. The recyclers sort the paint by type, quality and color. Oil-based paints are typically sent to fuels blending facilities where the contents are blended to create a fuel to be sold to concrete kilns, desirable because it burns at such a high-BTU. The "good" latex paint is batched into like-colors, tested, tinted and repackaged.
Will you pay me for the paint cans sitting in my basement?
No, not today. That is our goal! First we need to successfully sell our paint.
What does "Low VOC" mean?
VOC = Volatile Organic Compounds. Paint VOCs consist of the solvents that are released into the air when the paint dries. The VOCs in Olive Ridley™ Paint are naturally low because they have been emitted over time. Olive Ridley™ Paint VOC levels have been measured under UPA 24 & ASTM D-2369 standards resulting in 46 g/L average. Results are below the 250 g/L threshold per the EPA Architectural Coating Rule for Volatile Organic Compounds.
Is Olive Ridley™ Paint as good as the conventional name brand paint?
Yes! Remember how I said that homeowners excess paint can be recycled? This excess paint is our "feedstock". The contents of Olive Ridley™ paint are like-colored blends of Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, PPG, Glidden, Valspar and many, many other major brands. Most of these paints are in perfect condition; they make it through the full recycling process. So in a sense, you are actually getting the benefits of the name brand paint without the name brand price.
What makes Olive Ridley™ Paint unique?
Olive Ridley™ Paint is environmentally and economically beneficial. Recycled-content paint generates 4 times less green house gases than virgin paint. This is based on a Life Cycle Assessment. It reduces the need for landfill space, conserves the water and raw materials needed to make new paint, and potentially creates jobs by stimulating a demand for recycled-content paint.
Olive Ridley™ Paint has fantastic coverage. Being a recycled-content paint, it has more pigment-volume-concentration than a virgin paint. The base of recycled-content paint is already-tinted paint which is tinted again to be one of our signature colors.
Olive Ridley™ Paint has a unique odor. This is due to the fact that our paint is a blend of various paint brands and each manufacturer has their own scent. It's like blending perfumes. To keep our product eco-friendly we choose not to add odor inhibitors. While you're painting you can be reminded of your green pledge and enjoy the unique smell of each batch!
The color selection process with Olive Ridley™ is easy. If going green is your priority then you can simply choose from our 21 pre-mixed signature colors. Our 19 interior colors have a velvet sheen and our 2 interior/exterior colors have a pearl sheen.
Where can I buy Olive Ridley™ Paint?
You can shop our online store. Once the order is completed the paint will be conveniently delivered to your doorstep in 3-5 business days.
How much Olive Ridley™ Paint do I need?
Start by calculating how much wall space you need to cover. Knowing that our paint covers 430 gal. per square foot, you should divide the total area by 430 to see how many gallons will be needed for each coat. If the surface is rough or porous, the paint will cover at a lower spread rate, such as 175, 200 or 250 square feet per gallon. Use this as a guide:
430 sq. ft. = 1 gal. per coat
860 sq. ft. = 2 gal. per coat
1,290 sq. ft. = 3 gal. per coat
1,720 sq. ft. = 4 gal. per coat
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