For nearly two decades, plastic has proven to be a better alternative to metal for paint cans. Consumer complaints of rusting metal paint cans and difficulty in getting the metal lids off and putting them back on drove designers to develop plastic paint containers. Sherwin-Williams did it back in 2002, when it designed the square plastic Twist & Pour paint container with a side handle and spout for easy pouring and a twist-off lid. In 2003, that container won the Industrial Designers Society of America’s Gold award.
KW Plastics in Troy, AL, is a leading recycler of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP). The company opened its Alabama location in 1981 to recycle PP from battery casings. In 1986 the company opened a facility in Bakersfield CA, and it established KW Plastics Recycling in 1992 to recycle HDPE. KW began producing a plastic and metal hybrid paint container in 1998 and expanded to include an all-plastic injection molded paint container using 100% recycled material. Today, KW claims to be the world’s largest supplier of the all-plastic TruSnap paint container.