Dulux  is continually developing new ways to help reduce the environmental impact of its products without affecting their performance and quality.

Almost 20 years ago, Dulux moved away from solvent–based paints to water-based alternatives through the introduction of low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints that produce less emissions and odour.

Today, an Eco Choice symbol on a range of Dulux paints lets the consumer know that they are selecting a quality Dulux paint that will be kinder to the environment and their family. All Eco Choice paints have less than 5g per litre of VOCs, delivering almost no paint smells and less air pollution.

Consumers that care about the environment and are planning a DIY paint job may consider a new, easy and inexpensive way of disposing of unwanted paint.

Dulux Envirosolutions waste paint hardener converts leftover paint into hard waste that can be thrown out with the weekly rubbish collection.

Prior to its development, the safe method for disposing of paint included local council chemical waste disposal services sometimes offered once or twice a year; or travelling to the nearest permanent facility. For small quantities, paint could be brushed out on newspaper, allowed to dry, and then placed in domestic waste.

However, the most common way is to store leftover paint in garages and sheds, taking up valuable room.

According to the Australian Paint Approval Scheme and a study by the Monash Centre for Environmental Management, it is estimated that in Melbourne alone some 2.7million litres of paint remains in household storage.

Now with new Envirosolutions Waste Paint Hardener from Dulux, left over water based paint and water based timber finishes can be disposed of in a quick, simple and responsible way. Available in an easy to use 25g sachet, the waste paint hardener will solidify left over paint for easy household disposal via domestic waste. One 25g sachet will solidify 500ml of paint.

Simply pour sachet contents into left over paint, stir until solid. Leave for 2 hours and then dispose of via normal waste collections.