On Tuesday 11th July 2023, Colormaker Industries (sustainable manufacturer of PERMASET Inks) was awarded the Winner of the Northern Beaches Business Sustainability Award 2023. Pictured is Northern Beaches Council Mayor, Sue Heins, who awarded David Stuart, Managing Director of Colormaker Industries with the Award.
Colormaker manufactures eco-friendly house paints, PERMASET water-based inks, PERMACRYLIK scenic paints, ACRYLMERIC waterproofing membranes, LUXAPOOL swimming pool paints and ACRYLMERIC floor coatings in their factory in Brookvale with an increasing focus on solvent-free, low-VOC and water-based technologies, using 100% renewable energy. The business reduces waste; recycling water, paper, board and scrap metal where possible, uses LED lighting throughout their office and factory complex, utilises Electric Vehicles charged by their rooftop solar array for local deliveries and staff commutes, and supports the local community through sponsorships and social giving.
The Northern Beaches Sustainability Award recognises businesses that are actively pursuing sustainable practices, embedding them into their business planning, operations and marketing. David Stuart, Managing Director commented on the win; “Colormaker is delighted to have been recognised with the Northern Beaches Sustainability Award. What we have achieved has been the culmination of work by many people contributing countless hours over more than 20 years to make this happen. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to each and every of them for the support given to us on our journey.”
Sustainability Innovation: ReVolve 144 kW Solar Storage Battery
The business recently took delivery of a ReVolve 144 kW battery, brand new Australian technology and built around 2nd-life Nissan LEAF EV batteries. This industrial level of storage will allow Colormaker to soak up excess solar power that can be used on site during peak periods and feed it back into the grid when most needed. They see the new ReVolve battery as a game changer in terms of energy utilization, resilience, self-sufficiency, and alleviating strain on the grid. “We are excited about this innovative battery technology, around “proof of concept” of this level of energy storage and around savings that other businesses can follow, as well as contributing to the redeployment of second-life EV batteries” commented Stuart.
A carbon farm where carbon can be sequestered in soil using regenerative farming techniques is also on the horizon. Using regenerative farming practices, where carbon is stored in soil as well as trees, this would be used to offset emissions in the business that were unavoidable. “Our planet is very fragile at the moment,” said Colormaker MD, David Stuart, “so we haven’t a moment to lose. Sustainability is something that we care deeply about. With our solar array, we’re delighted to say that there’s a little bit of Northern Beaches sunshine in every drop we make”
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