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Earth Paint Can Help Your Walls Tell a Story

Earth Paint employees from Little City and Chris McCarthy (third from right) at the Earth Paint warehouse in Schaumburg. The business has moved to a larger facility in Wood Dale.

Every gallon of Earth Paint has a story. And each story has a bit of Little City mixed in.

Earth Paint founder, Chris McCarthy, a Little City Junior Board member, has started one of the only businesses of its kind in the country — a paint recycling business that takes unwanted paint, re-engineers it and repackages it to be sold to a good home. His workforce operates with tremendous efficiency, processing hundreds of cans in a matter of hours to the point Earth Paint has roughly 7,000 gallons ready to be sold.

And that workforce is almost entirely composed of people from Little City.

“They’re great workers,” Chris said. “They can rotate between 9 different stations and once they find one they like doing, they just keep going.”

The Little City workers, who come from both the Countryside Center and the Palatine location, do everything from unloading gallons of paint when deliveries arrive, to sorting the paint and dispersing the color to crushing the old cans to be recycled.

Business has gone so well that Earth Paint has moved from a 300 square-foot facility to a 900 square-foot location and now to a 3,000 square foot warehouse in Wood Dale, just a few blocks away from the original store location. The larger facility means Chris can employ even more people from Little City and will operate for more hours and on the weekends.

“Our new facility will allow us to give tours to people interested in seeing how seriously we take special needs employment as well as recycling,” Chris said. “We produce less than two percent waste and turn the non-recyclable plastic paint cans into colorful planters.”

Earth Paint also helps those in need, donating 1,000 gallons of paint to Texas to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. Starting in October, Earth Paint products will be sold at Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

The future is bright for Earth Paint and Chris knows workers from Little City will play a big part in it.

“I want to employ as many people from Little City as I can,” he said. “We’re producing a superior paint in top-selling colors and can do custom colors. It’s a chance to buy a product that gives back and you can let your walls tell a great story.”

Earth Paint is expected to open its new location at 365 Irving Park Road in Wood Dale in mid-October. For more information on Earth Paint or to schedule a time to drop off unused paint, visit www.earthpaint.org.

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