As an environmentally “concerned citizen”, I wanted to discuss the various options currently available for “environmentally friendly” or “green displays” as they’re sometime called in our industry. There are three main ways in which you can “go green” with your trade show displays or event displays as follows:
- Buy a lightweight display. This greatly reduces energy usage as you ship it from event to event
- Buy a display that’s made from re-usable and/or recyclable materials
- Buy from a shop that uses water based and/or “eco solvent” inks that are much less polluting than the solvent based inks and photographic chemicals used by many shops.
Lightweight: Given our focus on portability, most of our products are much lighter weight than the traditional custom and modular booths sold by most local suppliers. The lightest weight products we sell are fabric pop-up displays, the FabWall fabric backwall, the Xpressions displays, and our complete line of banner stands. Our pop-ups are also very lightweight when compared to traditional panel systems, custom booths, and modular systems. These products are also much-much easier to setup and tear down, which ultimately saves energy as well.
Recycle: We’ve recently added a new fabric called “Bio Celtic” cloth which is made from 65% Recyled polyester. Each yard of Bio-Celtic cloth conserves approximately 44,000 BTUs of energy, equivalent ot .36 gallons of gasoline. Recycled polyester is made from post industrial waste and post consumer plastic bottles. If you use Bio-Celtic cloth with the Fabwall banner stand system, you have an ultra-lightweight display that’s made from recycled plastic bottles! Pretty cool.
Environmentally friendly printing: At Impact Displays we don’t believe in using the solvent based inks used by many banner stand suppliers or the photographic chemicals that are used for the so-called “Lambda printing” process by many mural panel suppliers. Instead we use next generation “eco-solvent” inks that are so clean they can be used in a standard office environment without special ventilation. These eco-solvent inks provide the same bright and accurate color reproduction, without the negative impact on our environment. So the next time you’re shopping for a trade show display or event display, be sure to factor the environmental impacts into your decision.