Northern Beaches based sustainable ink and paint manufacturer, Colormaker Industries, celebrated 2 years of solar powered manufacturing in December 2021. Since their solar array went live in September 2019, they’ve saved a massive 540 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.
Colormaker’s owner, David Stuart, said that “In order to thrive, we have had to do things differently. We are honoured that Zali Steggall, Australian Federal MP and champion of renewable energy, agreed to cut the cake and celebrate this milestone with Colormaker”.
PERMASET Inks, LUXAPOOL Swimming Pool Paints and COLORMAKER House Paints Colormaker manufactures PERMASET® eco-friendly textile screen printing inks, COLORMAKER low-VOC house paints and ACRYLMERIC low-VOC water-proofing membranes. The company is also the manufacturer of LUXAPOOL®, Australia’s largest selling range of swimming pool paint. Their PERMASET Ink range is sold worldwide through a network of distributors across the UK, Europe, United States, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, whilst other products are sold Australia wide.
Support of Environmental and Community Projects Colormaker’s sustainability doesn’t stop with their products; their entire approach to business cares for the environment and local communities. Here’s how…
FREE the REEF campaign
Colormaker supported the FREE THE REEF live screen-printing tour around Australia with PERMASET Inks using the power of art to raise awareness and funds to support protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
Janakpur Women’s Centre, Nepal
Nellie Rose was awarded the British Council Artists International Development Award and has used her experience to teach screen printing workshops to Janakpur female artists in Nepal using PERMASET eco-friendly inks. Colormaker supported textile artist Nellie Rose in her collaboration with the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre in Nepal.
Screen Printing Classes for Students in the Northern Territory, Australia
Screen-printing adventures at the YMCA in Katherine, NT thanks to the support of PERMASET Inks. The girls were super excited about all the amazing colour possibilities of the PERMATONE colour matching system. The joy on this student’s face says it all as the girls mixed, matched and were stunned by the wonderful prints they could create using PERMATONE Organic Approved inks.
Targeting Net Zero by 2025
Colormaker Industries is targeting net zero by 2025. The business is employing a range of measures to reduce their environmental impact; including an increasing focus on the development of solvent free and water-based technologies and significant investment in R&D to eliminate harmful chemicals from all products. Colormaker has improved the energy efficiency of their production through the installation of equipment to reduce energy consumption and is evolving changed work practices. They recently introduced rPET packaging, they recycle paper, water and metal and have three electric vehicles (EV) for local deliveries exclusively charged using their own clean solar power.
However, their climate action plan doesn’t stop there. Colormaker recently took delivery of a big 144 kWh ReVolve® solar battery to store power which is generated from their rooftop array. In the pipeline is a carbon farm where carbon can be sequestered in soil and they can plant native trees to offset carbon emissions.
“Our planet is very fragile and we haven’t got a moment to lose. Sustainability is something that we care deeply about. We’re delighted that, with our solar array, there’s now a little bit of Australian sunshine in every drop we make” advised MD, David Stuart.