About Us

Newlife Paints Ltd is based in Ford, West Sussex. We professionally reprocess waste water-based paint back into a premium grade emulsion.  All products in our paint range guarantee a minimum 50% recycled content, made up from waste paint diverted from landfill or incineration.

We offer a classic and contemporary range of 32 colours and provide a full colour matching service. Newlife’s environmentally friendly paint has a smooth consistency and covers effortlessly. Newlife paint has the opacity and depth of colour that you would expect from a premium emulsion; all offered at an affordable price.

From inception Newlife Paints have worked to a set of core values:

  • Respect and concern for the environment.
  • A desire to make a difference.
  • A commitment to quality, customer service and value for money

Newlife Paints is a progressive company.  We take pride in the professional and bespoke service we offer our customers, and the friendly, supportive atmosphere in our offices and factory.

How it all started:

In 2002, the first seeds of an idea began to take root in the mind of Industrial Chemist, Keith Harrison. Like many of us, his garage was becoming a little unruly, and his wife Linda began ‘gently requesting’ a clear out. Keith rightly saw the stacked up tins of paint as a shocking waste. Unfortunately for Linda, the wall of paint tins diverted Keith’s enquiring mind from the task in hand, and the search began for a sensible and environmentally responsible solution to waste paint. Keith thought somebody must be recycling it.

As it turns out no one was, and Keith set about finding a way to reprocess waste paint back to a superior grade emulsion. After two years of research, Keith successfully developed the process that converted waste emulsion paint back to a premium quality, commercial grade, paint.

Newlife Paints Ltd was born in 2008. Our product, Newlife Paint, now backed by Sussex Business Partnership, launched to market at the end of 2009. In the first year of production, Newlife reprocessed approx 100 plus tons of waste paint. This figure is significant when you consider DEFRA’s estimation that approximately 50 million litres of paint are headed for landfill or incineration each year.  With production and sales growing Newlife Paints Ltd are increasing the amount of waste paint reclaimed year on year.

Awards:

  • Winners of the British Coatings Federation Sustainable Innovation Award
  • Finalists of the Let’s Recycle, Recycled Product of the Year
  • Winner, Best Recycled Product award, from UPM
  • Shortlisted for the Environment Agency, Pioneering Technology and Innovation Award.

Development:

Interior and exterior grade emulsion is now the core product for Newlife Paints, but the research and development phase is by no means over. Products in the pipeline include, wood undercoat and primer, satin and gloss and fence paints. Watch this space!

 

nb: Keith’s garage never did get cleared out!

Meet the team:

Keith HarrisonKeith Harrison Managing Director:

Keith is our Master Chemist and Managing Director. He studied chemistry at Kingston University and his career has since spanned over 35 years, with extensive experience in the coatings industry. He is a Chartered Chemist and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Keith sits on the technical Committee for the British Coatings Federation and consults for two coatings companies. Keith comes from the old school and cannot abide waste. It is Keith’s enthusiasm for the process of turning waste paint taken from landfill, back into a premium grade decorative paint, that is the driving force of Newlife Paints.

Linda HarrisonLinda Harrison Finance Director:

Linda is in charge of the money! She has many years experience in company accounts and is perfectly qualified to this role within Newlife Paints. She is also Keith’s wife and is indirectly responsible for the whole recycled paint concept!

Tim BredenTim Breden Commercial Director:

Tim Breden is the founder of Sussex Business Partnership. He acts as an investor and Commercial Director for Newlife Paints Ltd as well as holding several similar positions with other Sussex based businesses.

Lucy Hoy Southern Sales Manager:

Lucy came on board with Newlife having originally been a Newlife customer. She loved the concept, loved the product and was keen to get out and tell the world! To help with Newlife Paints continued growth, Lucy joined the firm in April 2011. Lucy’s background is in sales, marketing and account management and she is an enthusiastic and professional member of the team.

Amy ShipmanAmy Shipham Office Manager:

Amy is an efficient and organised office administrator who keeps the whole team in line! She is Keith and Linda’s youngest daughter and despite a little eye rolling at her Dad’s antics, it is this family tie that runs through the company and is a strong lynch pin for the whole firm.

Albert Harrison Northern Regional Manager:

Albert started working for his brother Keith on a part time basis in 2008, covering sales in the north. A results-driven professional, with a successful background in waste and recycling product sales, account management and new business development. Albert is a focused and passionate member of the team, who works hard to provide an exceptional standard of service for clients.

uwe schroderUwe Schroder European Sales Director:

Based in Germany, Uwe joined Newlife Paints in 2009 and has extensive experience in the automotive, industrial, and DIY Industries across Europe and brings significant international sales expertise to the firm.  Uwe is multi lingual, and with his wide commercial experience is ideally suited to help develop business relationships across Europe.

Winners Of:

  • Best Recycled Product award 2010 and 2012
  • Grand Designs Green Hero 2013
  • Arun Business Partnership: Green Business 2012
  • House Beautiful; Best Wallcovering 2013
  • Zero Waste Award 2013

Finalists of:

  • Observer Ethical Award 2013
  • Business Green Leaders Award 2011