"Other than actually holding paint, the traditional paint can offers very few benefits at all,” says Alec Machin, a designer from the U.K. “There’s an ever-growing pile of old half-used paint cans sitting in my garage. Most of the containers have been deformed in some way … and a large amount of the paint which has been left in the container has already dried out.”
One part of his idea is obvious. The containers come in smaller sizes, so people buy only the amount they need for their walls.
And if extra paint is left, the package protects it in a couple of ways. Because Machin’s design squeezes out paint through a one-way valve, the paint doesn’t dry out and lasts longer. A special coating, using the same material in emergency blankets, protects the paint from heat and cold in a garage.