Material alternatives 03.08.2023
Have you thought about using... Recycled fabrics?

Have you thought about using… Recycled fabrics?


Welcome to part two of our materials blog series. In this instalment, we’ll explore alternatives to classic plastic fabrics, which are commonly used for POS and display materials. Traditionally, these textiles are often made from new artificial fibres such as polyester, derived from petroleum, a non-renewable raw material. However, there are more sustainable alternatives: using textiles made from recycled plastics. Let’s take a closer look:


Sustainability at its core:


The most significant advantage of using recycled fabric for point-of-sale printing is its reduced negative impact on the environment. Instead of relying on fabric produced with virgin plastics, which contribute to the depletion of natural resources and increase pollution, choosing recycled textiles allows you to give new life to existing materials. By opting for recycled fabrics, you play a part in reducing plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, taking hundreds of years to decompose. As a result, you contribute to a more circular economy and help conserve valuable resources.


Preserving our oceans:


For those who are passionate about marine conservation, we have an even more compelling option: fabrics that use recycled plastic recovered from the oceans. By using this material for your display banners, you actively contribute to the cleaning and preservation of these vital ecosystems. Every banner you create becomes a small step towards safeguarding marine life, as you directly support initiatives that remove plastic waste from the oceans.


Reducing CO2 emissions:


The use of recycled materials is also a powerful tool in the fight against climate change. Studies have shown that the greenhouse emission of producing recycled PET, for example, can be up to 79% lower than producing virgin PET. And it ensures that waste plastic isn’t burnt, which would release further carbon emissions. This substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions makes a tangible difference in our battle to combat global warming and its associated environmental challenges.


Quality and usability:


In most cases, you can expect recycled textiles to perform on par in terms of quality and usability with their conventional counterparts. The fabrics offer similar durability, strength, and printability, ensuring that your display banners look professional and eye-catching. And to give you peace of mind, testing of an alternative fabric to compare is always an option.


Closing the recycling loop:


Another fantastic advantage of using recycled textiles is the possibility of further recycling at the end of their display time. When your banners have served their purpose, they don’t have to end up in landfill. Instead, they can be responsibly recycled once again, contributing to a more sustainable and circular approach to materials usage. You could also use them as an upcycling opportunity, for example by creating shopping bags out of them that can further serve as merchandise for your brand.


We hope this blog has inspired you to consider recycled materials for your next point of sale project. Let’s work together to create stunning displays that not only catch the attention of customers but also contribute to a greener and cleaner planet.

Have we piqued your interest? If you are looking for a way to integrate or further expand recycled fabrics in your point-of-sale materials, why not get in touch to see how we can help?

And keep an eye out for our next posts in this series to learn more about other material options you might not have considered for your POS displays.

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