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New Forum Poster: Men in White

Post by rohancalvert » Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:33 am

Hi All,

My name is Rohan Calvert from Men in White Painting Service in Sydney.

I think that the National Painting and Decorating Institute is a great idea, and gives the painting industry a blast of fresh air and new energy! We have two painters trained by the NPDI and the knowledge gained has been invaluable.

Men in White has been a member of Green Painters since 2010, and receives a steady trickle of enquiries from people that care about sustainable painting practises or are concerned about either existing lead based paint preparation or applying Low or Zero VOC paints. These leads have converted into about 5 % of our sales volume annually and we want to increase that in 2013.

Our contribution to the field has largely been in waste minimisation, and we have have policy of minimising water use in wash up of paint gear. Since 2005 we have used Bill Kruger's flocculating agent - Reclaimite - to treat grey waste water. It adds an extra step in the process, and requires discipline and patience; however, it does work and it does minimise water waste. The treated water is used again for washing up new painting gear.

Philosophically, I think that it waste minimisation is a good idea from a *human* point of view. We don't want to foul our only home; as there is no "Planet B'. The *human* point of view regards the planet as a home. (I doubt the planet cares either way)

Just my five cents... It is good to be involved, and introduce myself to the forum.

Rohan Calvert
Sydney, AUS

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Re: New Forum Poster: Men in White

Post by Pacificpainters » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:51 pm

That is fantastic Rohan, thanks for the encouragement and for contributing to the forum.

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Re: New Forum Poster: Men in White

Post by ernieearnshaw » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:04 am

Great work Rohan.

Nice website by the way
Earnshaw Decorators - House painting in Marton

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Re: New Forum Poster: Men in White

Post by EdwardThirlwall » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:22 am

That's excellent Rohan, and a great reminder! I think that no matter what industry we come from (I'm in self storage in Sydney) we can always do our part to do something about helping the environment. Especially as managers and owners of our company, I believe the rest of the staff look to us to take their cue in what to do when it comes to environmentally friendly practices while on the job. We all need to chip in.
Edward Thirlwall
Storage in Sydney CBD

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