Circular Economy

Sustainable development on the agenda for paint industry gathering

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were on the agenda at Covestro’s inaugural paint industry sustainability breakfast in Mulgrave, Victoria.

Hosted by Rebecca Lee, managing director of Covestro Australia, the breakfast seminar was attended by leading executives from Australia’s paint industry, as well as local and international sustainability experts.

Guest speakers included CEO of Thinkstep Australia Dr Barbara Nebal, CEO of Paintback Karen Gomez, head of sustainability and CSR at Covestro USA Rebecca Lucore, and managing director of Covestro Australia Rebecca Lee.

According to Gomez from Paintback, which is Australia’s leading paint recycling and disposal initiative, Australians throw away a whopping 15 million kilograms of unused paint and containers every year.

“Having the backing of companies such as Covestro helps us to responsibly collect the paint and ensure that it doesn’t enter landfill or find its way into vital waterways,” Gomez added.

As a manufacturer of plastics and polymers, which are used in paint production, Covestro has a sound history of spearheading sustainable development initiatives around the globe.

The company was an early adopter of the UN’s SDGs when they were released in 2015 and it continues to support meaningful change in local communities around the world.

For Covestro Australia’s Lee, the meeting of paint industry specialists was an ideal opportunity to revisit the important topic of sustainability in paint production, use and disposal.

“As a company that contributes to the paint production process, we are serious about finding sustainable solutions to paint product lifecycles,” Lee said.

“This extends from our early production processes, all the way through to working with end-of-life product stewardship and recycling initiatives.

“Supporting initiatives like Paintback is an important way for us to close-the-loop on sustainability and be a serious contributor to the circular economy.”