Painting The Town Green
Recently celebrating their 10th anniversary with a suitably arty party, Seagulls Reuse practice and promote the reuse of unwanted paint, reducing environmentally harmful waste and creating opportunities for local people.
The paint is processed, blended and redistributed through two paint stores in Leeds, not only saving customers’ money but creating training and volunteer opportunities. Seagulls supports their volunteers with a friendly, inclusive and supportive atmosphere; teaching invaluable skills, improving confidence, employability, and having bucket loads of fun in the process.
To date seagulls reuse has:
Saved and reused over 738 tons of paint diverting it away from landfill. That’s enough paint to redecorate every room in 15,000 back-to-back terraced houses or paint the Eiffel Tower around 13 times.
£376,000 has been saved a year by customers who bought their paint, proving quality reclaimed paint doesn’t need to cost the earth.
Seagulls Reuse work with 40 volunteers per year who give over 10,000 hours of their time between them.
To help celebrate this colourful, community-centric social enterprise, we take a look at the accidental art being created by their expert paint mixers on a daily basis.
Originally published in issue 1 of the IL Magazine
Photography: John Slemensek