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Local Materials, Global Impact: Using Sustainable Resources in Mural Projects

In a world increasingly alert to our environmental footprint, it's essential to incorporate sustainability in every project we undertake, including Community Mural Projects. At the heart of our mural projects is an emphasis on sustainable practices, and our choice of materials embodies this commitment.

Creating Art with a Conscience

Using sustainable resources has both an immediate and lasting impact. Firstly, they minimize harm to our environment. Reusing and recycling materials cuts down waste, ensuring that our projects contribute positively to the community in more ways than one.

Our commitment to sustainability also sends a powerful message to the community and other artists. It sets a precedent, encouraging others to be more environmentally conscious in their projects.

Why Dulux and Brewers Paint?

Our choice of Dulux and Brewer's paint is not by chance. These brands have shown a commitment to producing eco-friendly products with reduced environmental impact. The paints are of high quality, ensuring that while we're making an eco-conscious choice, we're not compromising on the vibrancy or durability of our murals.

Brewers has gained The Planet Mark Business Certification which is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for all organisations acknowledging continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.

Dulux is redistributing leftover paint to communities that need it, launching a product created with recycled paint content, to trialling a Dulux Tester Takeback scheme.

The Art of Reusing Paint

One of the revolutionary steps in our sustainability journey has been our paint reuse initiative. Leftover paint, instead of gathering dust or being discarded, is utilised for our subsequent mural projects. By doing so, we are:

  1. Reducing Waste: Every can of reused paint is one less item in a landfill.

  2. Promoting Creativity: Working to remix paints to make new colours.

  3. Saving Resources: Reusing paint means less manufacturing, packaging, and transportation – all of which saves energy and reduces carbon emissions.

While the colours from reused paints might not always align with a designer's original vision, it challenge's us to be more creative and adaptable. It's a constant reminder that art is not just about the final product but also the journey of creation.

Sustainability Mural Supported by DHL and GoGreenFuel, Formula E, Excel London 2023.

How One Mural Can Inspire a Community

Our mural projects have created a ripple effect in the community. Local artists and businesses are more conscious of their material choices, and many community members have expressed interest in sustainable practices in their projects. It's heartening to see that our choices are fostering a community that's environmentally aware and committed to positive change.

As a company, we're very environmentally conscious, Rose Hill has completed the Small Business Sustainability Basics Programme in partnership with Oxford Brookes Business School. And considered the environmental impact of the workshops and mural activities by:

Waste of fewer materials: by promptly sealing paints and tools, using just the right amount of paint, and reusing items from past workshops and household materials. Prioritize keeping tools damp with repurposed packaging, sourcing local paints to reduce carbon footprint, and being water-conscious

Reuse and Recycle: by limiting paper use in favour of projections and repurposing past workshop handouts. Utilising old yoghurt pots for mixing and storing paint, and wearing used clothes for painting. Incorporate recycled containers and materials, employing old textiles as rags to minimize paint waste and environmental impact.

Use Responsibly Sourced Art Supplies: Prioritise sustainable and non-toxic materials, using synthetic brushes to avoid animal-derived alternatives.

Towards a Greener Future

Sustainability in art is more than a trend; it's a necessity. As mural artists, we have a unique platform to influence and inspire. Our murals are not just art; they're statements of our commitment to the environment.

In using sustainable materials, we're not just painting walls but also sketching a blueprint for a greener future. Every mural is a testament to the fact that beauty and responsibility can go hand in hand. To read more about our projects please visit our Community Murals page or visit our Whats on to join our latest projects!


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