In the last decade, businesses in all industries are trying to practice sustainable manufacturing and as a result of their effort we see more terms such as “green”, “recyclable”, and “eco-friendly” in advertisements or product packaging.
In this blog, I am going to present better solutions and alternative materials for an eco-friendly advertisement and marketing activities since most of the people are barely aware of the existence of these options.
Although the market for sustainable signage is still limited and the alternatives are often more expensive, there are some green substrate and material offerings that are getting popular.
Technically, all of the petroleum-based plastics are considered as biodegradable which means they can be degraded by microbes under the right conditions; however, the degradation process in some of them are so slow that they considered non-biodegradable. There are 3 characteristics that make a plastic green: 1. It is made from renewable materials. 2. It is recyclable and can be safely returned to the environment. 3. It is manufactured in an eco-friendly way. Cellophane is a good example of bioplastic sheet made from cellulose plant fiber.
BIOflex by Ultraflex
It is the world’s first biodegradable vinyl material ideal for UV-printed outdoor banners and billboards. This durable, flexible, white eco-friendly PVC substrate is engineered to degrade under landfill conditions in three to five years without any toxic emissions as the biggest problem of regular vinyl materials. It is highly resistant against fade, tear, chemical, and weather conditions and 100% recyclable.
Rejuven8 by Spartech
Rejuvenate is an environmentally-friendly plastic sheet for printed applications and packaging made to reduce greenhouse emissions. This white, opaque corn-based substrate is as durable as regular acrylic sheet and is highly temperature resistant. It is also considered as an alternative to PVC sheet.
Corrugated plastic sheet known as CoroPlast is a reusable and recyclable material, and an affordable option for short-term signage and printed applications. It is a type of plastic cardboard consisted of three layers of thin polypropylene which is extremely shock-resistant and light-weight. The reusability characteristic of this material makes it a suitable and economic solution for packaging. In addition to its utility, its high-performance regarding die-cutting, CNC knife cutting, adhesive bonding, routing, and welding enables this substrate to be extremely functional and cost-effective.
PPG TESLIN Bio Substrate
This is one of the most durable and highly printable substrates made of synthetic paper with the possibility of lamination. The high-performance characteristic of this material due to its lightweight makes it a unique option in terms of combining insulation and cushioning among other substrates.
Some of the noticeable qualities of PPG TESLIN are: scratch resistance, weather & water resistance, chemical resistance, temperature resistance, flexibility, high absorption of ink for quick dry, and bondability for lamination.
PVC & Polystyrene
These two materials were considered as useless waste; however, nowadays they can be recycled back to a printable plastic by the adoption of modern methods of waste-free processing.
High customization and durability, flexibility to form, flame/water/ chemical resistance, and recyclability are among the noticeable characteristics of these materials.
This non-toxic affordable plastic sheet is an alternative to laminated graphics. Styrene is 100% recyclable comparing to non-biodegradable laminated graphics and can cut your expense by 35%.
As you notice, the materials introduced above are all green plastic-based alternatives, while there are also green paper-based alternatives in the market.
This material is a great rigid light-weight alternative to foam-core and while it is 30% less expensive, it is a 100% recycled substrate that is suitable for printing.