Summer is an opportune time to do some DIY and for individuals, families, communities and charities in need and who are wanting to redecorate, The Community RePaint network is making it possible by collecting leftover paint and redistributing it at an affordable cost.
Around 50 million litres of paint – enough to fill 20 Olympic sized swimming pools – is thrown away each year in the UK.
Community RePaint is a UK wide paint reuse network, sponsored by Dulux, who redistributes over 300,000 litres of paint each year.
Currently the network is made up of over 74 schemes. Although each scheme varies in size and operational set up, they all share the same vision to create communities where everyone has the opportunity to brighten their spaces and their lives.
Community RePaint says: “Our paint has helped local groups and charities refresh shared spaces and create colourful murals for the community; enabled people on low income to redecorate their homes at low cost; and provided employment, training and volunteer opportunities building valuable skills and experience.”
Around 360,000 people benefited from Community RePaint’s paint scheme last year.
Community RePaint aims to increase its redistribution to over 1.5 million litres of paint in 2020, allowing the network “to colour” over 1 million lives across the UK.
If you need paint for a project or want to donate any leftover paint, check the Community RePaint website for details.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea