Kirkstall Road: Paint recycling enterprise may join fight to reduce plastic waste

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Seagulls Project Manager Cat Hyde, former Kirkstall councillor Lucinda Yeadon and Seagulls Project Manager Kate Moree

A West Leeds social enterprise which has made its names recycling unwanted paint may be about to extend its offering – by reducing plastic waste.

Seagulls, off Kirkstall Road, are in the early stages of considering setting up a refill shop for plastic cartons, offering things like washing up liquid, detergent, soap and shower gel to save plastic.

The social enterprise has posted its idea on Facebook:

“So who else is sick of just buying yet more washing up liquid bottles, clothes washing detergent, soap, shower gel etc? We’re hoping to start a refill shop at our base on Kirkstall Road. we’re open seven days a week between 10am-4pm, so accessible. Thoughts and opinions wanted please.”

The idea has been met with a positive repsonse on social media, with hundreds of comments of support. One customer said:

“That would be fantastic! There’s a couple in town, but with the parking and what have you, this would be much easier to get to – count me in!”

Seagulls is an environmental social enterprise which practises and promotes the reuse of leftover and unwanted paint to create opportunities for local people.

Armley Town Street mural

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Part of the mural for Armley Town Street. Photo: Seagulls

Seagulls, meanwhile, are continuing their work on putting together a mural on Armley Town Street.

Armley-born playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett has provided one of his ‘face doodles’ and a hand written quote. The mural will be on the side of Skelton’s Butchers on Armley Town Street. Mr Bennett’s dad was also a butcher.

Seagulls has two paint stores in Leeds and runs community arts project Seagulls Mosaic.


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