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Beyond Plastic: The Rise of Sustainable Signage Materials


More and more businesses are revising their policies and practices to become more environmentally friendly, and what better way to start your journey than by implementing sustainable signage within your premises.

Not only does it benefit the environment, there are many potential wins for your business too. With sustainability at the forefront of many people's minds, transitioning to eco-friendly products could be the difference between retaining or losing valuable customers.

Interested to learn why sustainable signage is important and how it can elevate your display board goals? Read on to find out more. 

Why is sustainable signage important?

It is estimated that the UK population uses around 5 million tonnes of plastic every year, more than double the amount of plastic used 20 years ago. But, it’s not just plastic usage we need to be concerned about. The production of plastic emits carbon dioxide, a type of greenhouse gas. It’s estimated that plastic was responsible for 3.3% of global emissions, which may not seem a lot on the surface, but since the world emits approximately 54.6 billion tonnes of CO2eq it’s actually more worrying than you might think.

It’s safe to say the statistics are pretty staggering. But, change can only come from action, which is why it’s all the more important to start making environmentally conscious decisions for your business now.

Whilst it’s hard to avoid the use of plastic in some industries, such as medicine, there are plenty of businesses that can implement sustainable signage easily and cost-effectively.

What qualities to look for in your sustainable signage

The most important quality to look out for is, you’ve guessed it, the material. It’s imperative that you check what the material is made of and whether it’s reusable or recyclable. If it’s neither of these things, well, it hasn’t hit the sustainable mark. You may not be aware of it, but popular plastics such as PVC can be very dangerous not only to the environment but to human health due to the toxics contained within it. Even more reason to go plastic free.

It’s also important to ensure the material you use is durable, long lasting (if required) and easily customisable. Thankfully, with sustainable signage starting to become more popular and the norm for businesses, materials fitting those qualities are becoming much more readily available, and with quick turnaround delivery times too. We recommend doing your research beforehand to ensure the material you pick fits the requirements of your project and needs.

Choosing the right materials for your signage

You’ve decided to make the change from plastic to sustainable, but what material do you choose? It’s possible for your signage to be made from metals, like steel or aluminium, or from plastic alternatives such as recyclable vinyl. However, at Dufaylite, we pride ourselves on using paper honeycomb boards, a durable, lightweight and cost-effective material.

Paper honeycomb boards can be used for a variety of different purposes, from packaging to display boards. If you intend to use the material for display boards and signage, its appearance and functionality can work for one off retail displays to freestanding panels and signage.

Let’s take a look at the different types of paper honeycomb board and how they can be utilised for display boards and signage.

3D honeycomb board

A great alternative to traditional MDF, corrugated centre, foamboard and polypropylene sheets, the board is made from FSC certified materials and is highly recommended for complex retail designs. This material can be used for any display requirements.

2D honeycomb board

The 2D honeycomb board is known for its medium strength, lightweight finish and for being a very cost effective material. It’s great for short-term or one off promotional pieces.

Graphic honeycomb board

This material is lightweight and a perfect alternative to rigid and foam PVC or corrugated card. It’s durable and flexible, and works very well for projects involving stand alone displays and in-store banners, among other types of signage.

Universal honeycomb board

This eco-friendly solution is a great alternative to rigid and foam PVC, MDF, plywood or corrugated card and can be used for digital and screen printing projects.

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more about our paper honeycomb board? Or just have a general question around sustainable signage? If you have a question to ask or would like to discuss a potential project, let’s talk, plus, be sure to keep up with our latest blogs!

2nd February 2024

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