Since being at Newlife Paints this past week on my work experience placement, I’ve come to realise the value of “being green”.
Working for a green and environmentally aware company, makes you realise the smaller things in life. For a business to succeed you need initiative, a gap in the market, confidence in your product/service and outstanding marketing ideas. In this day and age money isn’t the key to happiness but it can jolly well help when making an entrance into the business scene, especially one as undiscovered as recycled paint! This is near to impossible when you’re starting out as just tiny dot in the paint industry.
The constant battle to delve into the business environment and proclaim your company is tiring, the constant rejections and turned up noses are inevitable, however, this company lowers their heads and sprints forward, reusable paint brushes in hand. No person small or large will distract this company, their motives are clear, their message is simple. High quality, high opacity, affordable and low carbon.
This business wasn’t set up to rip people off or to make money then leave. It was set up to make a difference. To help the environment. To make people realise that there are other alternatives and to show you that making a small change can make a big difference.
Working with the close team at Newlife Paints and watching the smiles and frowns occur each day has made me realise; running a business as considerate as a charity, can take more dedication and commitment than finding a two pence piece in a sewage plant.
“A desire to make a difference” As written on their website, shows the complete devotion and willingness to make a difference. It’s one thing sitting in a (freezing) cold factory, mixing some paint and saying you’ve taken it from other peoples waste pots, but it’s another spreading the word, receiving awards, achieving high expectations and always smiling.
I know I’ve only been here a week, but a week in this company has changed the way I now think. How being happy and making little differences here and there can help the world. We need to spread the word; we need to stop thinking that waste will always be waste. It can be something much bigger, something new. It can have a new, useful purpose. It can have a new life. (I’m guessing that’s why they chose the name).
I would like to say thank you to the whole team for having me here, for their constant high spirits and for making a massive difference already, but most of all good luck.