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Plastics Are Gradually Replacing Metal Paint Cans

Jan 29, 2018

For nearly two decades, plastic has proven to be a better alternative to metal paint cans. Consumers' dissatisfaction with rusty metal paint cans and the inconvenience of opening metal covers have prompted designers to develop plastic paint containers.

Sherwin-Williams designed the Twist & Pour square plastic paint container in 2002 with side handles and nozzles, and a lid for easy pouring and unscrewing. In 2003, the container won the "American Gold Award" awarded by the American Industrial Designers Association.


KW Plastics is a major recycler of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP). In 1981, the company opened a factory in Alabama to recover PP material from the battery case. In 1986, the company opened a factory in Bakersfield and KW Plastics Recycling was established in 1992 to recover HDPE.

In 1998, KW Plastics started producing a mixed plastic and metal paint container and expanded it into an all plastic injection molded paint container using 100% recycled material.

Today, KW Plastics claims to be the world's largest supplier of all-plastic TruSnap paint containers.