We partner with other organizations on reuse strategies, including murals, paint drives, and donating extra product to community-based programs. We are excited to expand our focus by sharing how we use the power of business to help create social and environmental solutions for our industry. If you have graffiti in your neighborhood, are interested in partnering, or would simply like to learn more, please contact us!
STRIPE IT OUT
Stripe it Out is a simple way for us to support our team’s creativity while giving back to the community. Using leftover paint from past projects, our crew members place colorful stripes over graffiti to brighten these areas and deter further vandalism. Although we try to reduce the amount of waste on our job sites, we often have leftover paint that can be put toward this good use.
We re-purpose usable interior latex paints from our clients and friends and make them available to the community. We often receive brand new gallons of paint as well. Priority is given to community organizations, non-profits, public art, urban beautification projects, neighborhood spring cleaning events, and any other cause that promotes positive relationships throughout our communities. Homeowners are also encouraged to submit their request.
- Paint is 100% recycled, usable latex house paint.
- All paint is strained, batched and mixed.
- New color palettes released 2-3 times per month.
We currently do not have any paint available. Please contact us to be notified when new color palettes are released.
- City of Seattle, Oxbow Park
- Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center
- Miller School of Art
- Neat Streets
- United Artists of Georgetown
- Urban Artworks
- Way Back Inn
- White Center Community Development Association
THE FUTURE OF PAINT
Environmental sustainability is both a necessity and an opportunity for business success. Increasingly, companies are understanding that ecological degradation and disruption pose significant risks to their bottom line and are taking steps to mitigate these risks. Additionally, focusing on sustainability as a core business strategy opens up new opportunities for innovation, efficiency and enhanced customer value.
For us at NOVO, sustainability is not only about ethical responsibility—it is also a way for us to provide added value for our clients and community.
WHAT WE DO
Additionally, water-based paints (also known as latex paints) do not have the same disposal issues that oil-based paints do. While oil-based paints are legally required to be treated as hazardous waste, water-based paints can safely be recycled (if still wet) or included in regular solid waste streams (if dried.)
Finally, sourcing zero-VOC paints also enables us to meet the needs of our clients who are seeking green building certifications such as LEED.
On several occasions, NOVO has also worked with our clients to standardize and reduce the number of paints they use in their facilities. Standardizing which colors and types of paint a company uses not only eliminates aesthetic inconsistencies, but also drastically reduces leftover paint that would otherwise pose storage and disposal problems.
Since 2013, NOVO has also organized a number of neighborhood paint drives, in partnership with SecondUse, to collect reusable latex paint from local residents. Through our Paint Share program, we have diverted 2,490 gallons of paint from landfill, 90% of which was reused by members of the community for residential and home repair projects.
At NOVO, we are strongly in favor of efforts, both large and small, that encourage paint stewardship, and we see the value in the use of policy to accomplish this goal. We supported HB 1571 and worked to raise awareness and educate our community about the benefits it would bring. During our residential paint collection drives, we distributed informational materials about the bill, as well as sample letters that community members could use to write their governmental representatives expressing their support. We also sent out information to our followers through e-mail and social media. While HB 1571 did not progress out of the State Senate during the 2016 legislative session, we are hopeful that the bill will pass in the future.
Our Paint Share program is the result of our partnership with SecondUse to organize community paint drives, which to date has diverted 2,490 gallons of latex paint from landfill and provided the community with a free source of secondhand paint. More recently, NOVO invited representatives from the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Department of Labor & Industries to be involved in planning a project for the Seattle Aquarium. By proactively building collaborative relationships with these agencies, not only do we ensure that NOVO is in compliance with environmental and labor regulations, but we also foster opportunities for mutual learning. The NOVO team receives training on best practices for protecting our employees’ health and safety and the environment, and Ecology and L&I staff gain an on-the-ground understanding of businesses operating in this field. If you are interesting in partnering with NOVO on a sustainability project, please contact us to learn more. We would love to work with you!
As we move forward on NOVO’s sustainability journey, we are excited to continue learning, growing, and partnering with others to leave a positive legacy for our children.