Sustainable, recycled paint from EarthPaint.org now available in McHenry County
High-quality, sustainably produced paint from EarthPaint.org is now available at Habitat ReStores in McHenry and Woodstock.
EarthPaint.org's recycled paint is great for homeowners and professionals alike, due to its high-quality sheen and properties.
"Our recycled paint product offers one-coat coverage that homeowners and contractors like because it means they spend less time painting and more time doing things they find really valuable," McCarthy said. "Our paint is comparable to any name brand, at a fraction of the price."
The Habitat ReStores will sell 20 different colors, available in 2-gallon containers for $29.99. The McHenry store is located at 903 Front St., and the Woodstock location can be found at 133 S. Eastwood Drive.
EarthPaint.org provides a unique, eco-friendly solution, keeping paint out of landfills, and reducing the carbon footprint of the paint industry by turning old paint into new colors. It has the capability to create thousands of custom colors, and is on pace to recycle more than 60,000 containers of paint in 2019, eliminating at least 6.9 million pounds of carbon emissions.
A new gallon of paint produces the equivalent of 115 pounds of carbon, and American households collectively have 225 million cans of paint gathering dust. By recycling that paint, instead of throwing it away, 29.7 billion pounds of carbon emissions could be avoided.
"Many people don't know what to do with their leftover paint once they are finished with a project or no longer need it. They often know they can't throw it away, and the paint cans accumulate," McCarthy said. "By recycling them, people can not only clear up space, but also help the environment by keeping the paint cans out of landfills and reducing the carbon footprint of the paint industry."
"We just completed our 59th home dedication (on Oct. 25), and we are constantly looking for ways to continue funding our building, so the partnership with EarthPaint.org and its mission of helping the environment and our community seemed like a perfect fit," said Dan Hedman, Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County's Director of Operations.
EarthPaint.org does more than protect the environment. It employs a dozen people with intellectual or developmental disabilities through an agreement with DuPage County's Little City Foundation.
"Our team is really proud of the work they do. They make an incredible product, and they have fun doing it," McCarthy said. "We like to think we're not only creating a great, sustainable product, but we're also creating opportunities."