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Sustainable Packaging: Krylon Industrial Quik-Tap Aerosol by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams won the Sustainable Packaging Award for its Krylon Industrial Quik-Tap paint package, which is an aerosol package design in which the valve and actuator are separate from the aerosol can.

The concept pairs aerosol cans with the reusable Quik-Tap tool. The user screws this device onto a Quik-Tap can, puncturing the sealed can and enabling the paint to flow to the valve and actuator for spraying.

Sherwin-Williams developed the package for a customer that uses spray paint for underground-utility identification. Technicians mark the ground above buried utility lines so contractors and others don’t accidentally damage the lines when digging.

Environmental benefits of the Krylon Industrial Quik-Tap design include hazardous-waste reduction and improved recyclability. Disposal of conventional aerosol paint cans typically requires diversion to a hazardous-waste stream, as the used cans remain sealed and pressurized, and they often still contain liquid paint.

In contrast, a spent Quik-Tap can—which is no longer sealed or pressurized after the Quik-Tap tool is unscrewed—may be recycled or disposed of with regular, non-hazardous waste.

The Quik-Tap packaging also produces less packaging waste than conventional aerosol paint cans, because the cans do not contain actuators or valves. The cans don’t need a protective overcap, either, because they can’t accidentally spray during shipping and handling.

Quik-Tap cans offer cost savings for users, as well. Sherwin-Williams reports that its ground-marking/utilities-locating customers use several million aerosol cans of paint each year. With conventional aerosol cans, this has required industrial users to pay for hazardous-materials dumpsters for can disposal. The new package design eliminates that expense.

Users find their paint going further with the Quik-Tap design, as well, because the package provides maximum evacuation of the product. After the residue remaining inside the used cans has dried, they are ready for recycling or trash.

 

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