Environmetal consciousness reached the digital printing industry several years ago. Either because of social pressure, of new trends or because we have finally realized that life does not only orbit around money (I don’t deny that it is important but where we would invest it if we do not have a planet).
Every day we see how big companies take a step forward in search of reducing their waste. The print industry needs to be aware of the trends to develop new sources of income, but also needs to acknowledge the impact that a new line of print products may cause.
The importance of finding new environmentally friendly media for wide-format inkjet printers is a sign that merely having a green ink is not enough. Environmentally friendly substrates are becoming more and more popular and a sample of this trend is that companies are now requiring that their products must be green and eco-friendly.
One of the markets in the digital industry that has made the most progress in the development and application of renewable substrates for printing is the signage, POP displays, interior decoration and furniture market.
The evolution of POP displays, interior decoration and furniture market is linked to availability of lighter, more resistant and 100% recyclable substrates. This opens the possibility of working with more environmentally eco-friendly materials that were previously manufactured with non-renewable or non-recyclable materials.
The elaboration of a display previously done by 4 people using wood which took a long time manufacturing; can now be easily made by one person in 10 minutes costing a fraction of the original price.
These materials combined with a CNC flatbed cutter allow us to reduce manufacturing costs in both materials and labor. Designs and shapes are as endless as your imagination, giving almost unlimited applications that we can have for this type of material combined with this type of machinery.
Lexus cardboard “Origami Car”
In 2015 Lexus exhibited during the Grand Designs Live Show, a life-sized replica of its IS sedan, created from 1,700 laser-cut of fully recyclable sheets of cardboard. It features a complete interior, working doors, functioning headlights and rolling wheels. There’s even an electric motor in there.
Be creative, be friendly, BE GREEN.
For all who said that bigger it’s not always better, here are some honeycomb board sample of how big you can bring your ideas to stand out from your competitors or maybe just for fun.