These are great questions, and something that has been top of mind for us since we developed this product. We put a lot of thought into Premier Ready to Roll, not only on the functional benefit it gives our customers over the paint can, but also the impact it might have on the environment.
The Premier Ready to Roll bag and the commonly available hybrid paint can are both not recyclable. As with a paint can, check with your local municipality for safe disposal and recycling options. If you have leftover usable paint, companies like Habitat for Humanity accept donations and many municipalities offer paint trade-ins and donations. These organizations ensure safe recycling if there is no demand for your leftover paint.
It may seem counterintuitive that a bag that is not recyclable is more eco-friendly than the existing paint can, which is why we commissioned a leading sustainability research group (CIRAIG) to conduct an ISO-certified life cycle assessment (LCA) to compare the carbon footprint of our Ready to Roll bag relative to the standard hybrid paint can. Results showed that our bag produces less than half the greenhouse gas emissions than a standard hybrid paint can and is our resoundingly preferred packaging option. But we know the ideal solution is a version of this bag that is recyclable. We are currently exploring this with our suppliers in hopes to bring this, and other improved ways to paint, to Canadians in the near future.