The Paint Exchange: Recycle, Reuse, Repaint

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  • Headquarters: North Scituate, MA

We are currently the only recycled paint manufacturer in the state of Massachusetts. We take latex interior paint that would otherwise go to waste or worse still end up in landfills or pollute our waterways and process it into paint for sale. We charge a service fee of $1 per gallon for handling and can disposal.

The Paint Exchange was started "by three women on a mission to save the earth… or at least save a few gallons of paint from landfills" who saw the potential to reclaim all the perfectly good paint that most people have leftover from household projects and renovations. So they started The Paint Exchange, which is currently the only recycled paint manufacturer in the state of Massachusetts.

Here's how it works: once you drop off your surplus paint at their shop, it's inspected and treated for possible microbial contamination (a process that requires them to triple strain, re-blend and repackage their paint). The end result is a premium latex paint naturally low in VOCs that contains at least 99.5% post consumer material. And it comes in a whole slew of delicious colors, from Chalk (grey) to Professor Plum (muddied purple) and Relax (soft blue).

How green is it? Here's what they say on their blog:

Because the paint we use to make our paint has already been exposed to air and/or has been sitting around for a while, chances are it has already given off or lost some of its VOCs. Make sense? Although we can’t make any specific claims with respect to our paint until we have it properly tested, our paint should in theory have a very low VOC content based on the mere fact that it is recycled paint.
Furthermore, because we don’t add anything to our paint (this is what makes it 100% recycled) like a colorant/tint or the likes, which contain and contribute to, the VOC content of a paint, our paint likely has an even lower VOC content than tinted paints.

Plus, you're reusing! We like this all around. If you're in Massachusetts, make sure to check 'em out.

Thanks, Cecilia!

(Images: The Paint Exchange)

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