The webshop Tintrio, which distributes paint all over the world from Stekene, was honored with the prize for sustainability during the presentation of the Belgian eCommerce Awards.
It seems surprising that a paint store receives an award for sustainability. “But nothing could be further from the truth,” says Tintrio manager Pieter De Witte. “There has been a clear trend in the paint world for several years. For example, paint manufacturers are continually working on more environmentally conscious products by using more sustainable raw materials, releasing recycled repots or even reusing leftover paint into a completely new paint. Synthetic paint has also not been the standard for some time, and there are even more water-based paints on the market today. Due to this shift in mentality, paint now often carries the European Ecolabel and Tintrio makes this very clear on the website. For example, you can immediately go to the ecological paints category and pay for them with online eco vouchers,” says De Stekenaar.
In addition, the online paint store itself also makes many other sustainable efforts. “We do not throw away or destroy any paint. If we accidentally make or send the wrong color, we will take that pot back and sell it at a significant discount as second chance paint. All our pots are custom-packed, which leads to more efficient transport. If there is a pot that deviates from the standard size, it will certainly not be packed with Styrofoam, but with Sealed Air bags.”
The webshop also tries to ship its products without packaging as much as possible. “To do this, we work together with the transport service Transforce, which delivers the pots safely unpacked to the customer. The customer is also given the option to choose a collection point instead of home delivery. This is cheaper and ensures that postal services have to make fewer detours and can thus save CO2 emissions. Finally, the physical store and warehouse in Stekene have solar panels that generate approximately 10,000 kWh.”
More information at www.Tintrio.be