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Commitment to Sustainability

3M thinks, works, and acts in ways to help the world be more sustainable, and the Consumer Business team is no different. We are committed to using 3M science to improve lives and are constantly working to build sustainability into our manufacturing operations, products, and packaging for the future. We are proud that our Hutchinson, Minnesota plant, which makes ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes, achieved zero landfill status in 2020. In addition to waste reduction efforts, several of our facilities have made notable reductions in water or energy use.

  • The 3M Hutchinson, Minnesota plant which makes ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes
    The 3M Hutchinson, Minnesota plant which makes ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes, achieved zero landfill status in 2020 after working to find outlets for numerous waste streams.
  • ScotchBlue™ Original Painter’s Tape being peeled off a wall
    Solvent free coatings used in ScotchBlue™ Original Painter’s Tape (2090) help reduce factory emissions.

Upcycling using Scotch® Painter’s Tapes

Instead of buying new, these DIYers and pro painters chose to restore! Check out these wonderful paint projects across a variety of surfaces from bathroom ceilings and crown molding to cozy office nooks and beautiful wall stripes.

  • Jodi Bond shows us how to refresh an outdoor living space with creative pattern using Scotch® Exterior Surface Tape (2097) for a completely new look!
  • Stephen and David show how they revamped a stunning staircase area using ScotchBlue™ Sharp Lines Painter’s Tape (2093)!
  • Jen Woodhouse creates a cozy office nook using ScotchBlue™ Sharp Lines (2093) and Scotch® Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape (2080) incorporating beautiful wall stripes.

Sustainable Product Features

We are also building Sustainability Value Commitments into the products we sell to consumers, demonstrating how that product drives impact for the greater good. Examples of Sustainability Value Commitments for new products include reusability, recyclability, energy/waste/water savings, responsible sourcing, and/or recycled or renewable raw materials.

Scotch® Brand has a full line of painter’s and masking tapes to help people conquer whatever surface they’re painting. Our suite of tapes include many sustainability aspects including made with post-consumer waste and renewable resources, solvent free adhesive, natural rubber, recycled fibers, zero-landfill site, and energy management, as can be seen in the graphic examples below.

Community Impact

Scotch® Painter’s Tape being peeled off a painted wall
  • A basketball with the Scotch® Painter’s Tape Logo

    Our Partnership with Project Backboard and the Taj Gibson Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.

    • The best paint jobs are those that elevate their surroundings. They take an average surface and make it so much more. That’s why Scotch® Painter's Tape teamed up with the Taj Gibson Foundation (Pro Basketball Player), Project Backboard and artist Steph Costello to transform a basketball court in Brooklyn, New York.

    • With a few cans of paint, a handful of volunteers, and a whole lot of Scotch® Painter’s Tape, we created a vibrant and welcoming gathering space for local community members!

    • “This neighborhood means a lot to me. There’s so many different memories. It was a place that taught me good values. They raised me. The court has had some ups and downs over the years. I was just seeing it deteriorate over time.” – Taj Gibson

    • “I want people to feel a sense of energy, a sense of joy. We had some kids come by and one of the young girls said, I can see color from my window now, I’m so excited! When you put effort and care into something, children recognize that.” – Steph Costello

    • “Project Backboard’s mission is to make sure that all communities have a safe and inviting place to play community basketball.” – Dan Peterson

    • Learn more at scotchbrand.com/painterstape.

Our partnership with Project Backboard and the Taj Gibson Foundation in Brooklyn NY
  • The YAYA Center building with the YAYA logo

    Our Partnership with Young Aspirations Young Artists (YAYA) in New Orleans, LA.

    • YAYA empowers creative young people through visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial and life skills training, equipping them with the skills they need to thrive as leaders.
      For more than 30 years, YAYA has served as a creative community where young people have the freedom, opportunities, and resources to discover their passions and artistic voices. We are an incubator for young talent and have nurtured generations of culture-bearers and creative thinkers who are now professional artists, designers, teachers, and leaders in New Orleans and across the country.

    • Scotch® Painter’s Tape partnered with YAYA and artist, Matt W. Moore, to create a welcoming space full of energy and color in order to inspire young artists for years to come.