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Purdy Team on Path to Plastic Waste Reduction in Roller Covers

During the second half of 2022, the Sherwin-Williams Purdy team began an initiative to reduce the amount of plastic used in its paint roller covers.

 

“We have determined that many of our customers who use the 14-inch roller covers do not need the plastic end caps that are inserted into the sides,” explained Connie McKinney, Sherwin-Williams Senior Product Manager, Applicators. In the spirit of continuous improvement and waste reduction, and after gathering use data from customers, the team plans to eliminate some of this plastic altogether. “By the end of 2023, we will be eliminating nearly 670,000 end caps,” McKinney said.

 

By discontinuing these pieces, the team estimates a 13.5% reduction of plastic per roller cover – a benefit for both waste reduction and production efficiency.

 

This story is featured in the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Sustainability Report.