Meeting the challenge of a sustainable future

Dulux is continually developing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of its products and activities, with environmental sustainability forming a core element of Dulux's business.
Dulux is committed to the ongoing research and development of innovative products that reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance. This is evident in our proactive shift from solvent-based products to water-based alternatives, and the introduction of New Zealand's first low VOC paint in the early 1990's.

From initiating sustainable business partnerships, through to products and even the actual clean-up stage, we are continually developing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance and the quality results that Australia's professional and DIY painters have come to expect from Dulux. 


Commitment to a sustainable future

Low VOC. Dulux is striving to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in its paint products through innovation. VOCs are solvent and petrochemical additives that evaporate from paint during manufacture and application.

Through the various stages of a paint’s life cycle, solvents and other petrochemicals additives evaporate, releasing odour and contributing to reduced indoor air quality and air pollution.

Environmental sustainability

Health & safety practices

"No injuries to anyone, ever." is our safety vision statement and we are committed to providing safe workplaces. From the time you enter any site of the Dulux network, from our Dulux Trade Centres to factory sites, you are aware of the company concern with safety and the importance to uphold our safety standards.

Acrylic Paints

Dulux's development of environmentally responsible water-based paints as a replacement for many solvent-based paints has been underway since the 1960's.

Dulux is now the largest manufacturer of water-based paints in New Zealand and Australia. The benefit to the environment is obvious. When solvent-based paint dries, solvent evaporates into the atmosphere. Water-based paint emits mainly water vapor into the air.

Low VOC Paints

Dulux has been at the forefront in introducing low VOC paints. Low VOC paints are lower in Volatile Organic Compounds thereby creating fewer emissions and less odour.

Dulux has introduced low VOC products such as Dulux Professional® Enviro2®, Wash&Wear® and the tinter system used to deliver the Dulux colour offer. The company is committed to further develop its low VOC ranges.

When selecting premium quality paints with superior washability, easy application, lower VOC's and lower paint odours - the choice is easy. Dulux Prepcoat ASU, Wash&Wear®, Ceiling White and Aquanamel® provide a complete interior painting solution.




Dulux Envirosolutions® is a range of products that provide responsible solutions to traditional painting clean-up methods. The range of products support the building industry in meeting environmental responsibilities by assisting painters to:

  • Minimise water usage
  • Clean up without turps
  • Control paint waste and paint wash water disposal
  • Recycle paint cans

Waste Management

Correct waste disposal is an essential and important part of safe and sustainable working practice. Every endeavour is made to minimise the quality and quantity of waste generation, and hence reduce the associated problem of waste disposal.


The Dulux EnviroWash® System

The Dulux EnviroWash® System is an innovative, treatment system that turns paint wash-out into treated water and solid waste. It provides painters with an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional methods of washing out painting tools, such as brushes and rollers.

The EnviroWash® System is efficient, fast and can separate paint solids from 160 litres of water in as little as 2 hours. The largest system can handle up to 800 litres of paint washings and the EnviroWash® System can process every type of acrylic paint.

Increased community expectations of environmentally responsible clean up processes make the system a must-have for the professional painter.

Dulux Envirosolutions® Waste Paint Hardener

Dulux Envirosolutions® Waste Paint Hardener converts unwanted paint into solid waste which can then be safely disposed of. It is suitable for use in all water-based paints and water-based timber coatings.

Paint Take-Back

Sustainable practices are at the heart of our business. Dulux are proud to offer a Paint Take-Back Service as part of our commitment to the environment. Simply bring in your left over paint and paint packaging to any one of the 24 Dulux Trade Centres and we will recycle, reuse or dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

Water based paints may be donated to community groups for graffiti abatement or used for other end use applications. Accepted solvent based paints are sent for solvent recovery and/or responsible disposal and packaging is recycled. It is the responsible way for households and professional painters to dispose of left-over paint and packaging.

Key benefits:

  • Responsibly dispose of left-over paint.
  • Declutter your garage, shed or under the house of old paint containers.
  • Reduce waste going to landfill.
  • Avoid landfill fees that may apply to waste paint.

For more information please visit the Paint Take-Back website.

DuluxGroup environmental commitment

DuluxGroup recognises that commitment to sustainable management of our financial, environmental and social impacts is fundamental to the success and well-being of both our business and our stakeholders. We therefore aspire to deliver on our safety and sustainability vision of "A Future Without Harm".

Our business has a strong heritage of continuous improvement in sustainability impacts. Examples are diverse, and range from industry leading safety performance and elimination of hazardous substances from our finished products, to significant reductions in waste to landfill from our operations and participation in community support activities. We are currently working on our future plans for continuing to reduce our most significant sustainability impacts.

For more information, visit the DuluxGroup policies and reports.