Sustainable Print Materials for Indoor Graphics

13th March 2024 by Kingfisher Press

Sustainable Print Materials for Indoor Graphics

Sustainable Print for Indoor Graphics

So what is available when it comes to sustainable display and graphics materials? Read on to find out about just a couple of the options available.

Development and innovation in the world of print is a constant. We’ve worked with woodless papers, papers made form algae, recycled boards and 100% plastic free packaging materials that have all been designed and developed to reduce the environmental impact of the paper and printing processes.

Last week our sales team met up with Steve Jones and Martin Chadwick from Premier Paper to look at what’s available when it comes to sustainability.

Below are the products which stood out to have the best environmental credentials for indoor signage and exhibition graphics.

Oppboga Display Board.

Oppboga is ideal for indoor displays and graphics, point of sale and hanging signs and displays.

  • PVC Free – no plastics at all
  • FSC certified – full chain of custody to confirm its from sustainable and ethical sources
  • Light weight but strong
  • 100% fibre based – fully recyclable / compostable / bio-degradeable
  • Smooth white on both sides
  • Oppboga Excellent goes up to 4000microns – that’s thick !

As well as being ideal for indoor signage in the thicker weights, Oppboga has another string to its bow in that the 520micron/400gsm Truecoat is ideal for premium packaging for luxury gifts, gift sets and beauty products and fully recyclable.

You can find out more about Oppboga board here.

Ultra Board

Ultra Board is ideal for long term installations and retail displays, window dressings, banners and free standing graphics.

  • PVC Free – No Plastics at all
  • FSC certified – full chain of custody to confirm its from sustainable and ethical sources
  • Made in the UK
  • Super strong dense core – 3D Honeycombe Board with a recycled centre
  • Brown or white core depending on how you want it to look
  • 100% Fibre based – fully recyclable / compostable / bio degradeable
  • Mitigated CO2 emissions by planting trees in the UK supporting The Woodland Trust
  • Can go to 18000 micron thickness – ideal for display walls and a chair if you need it!
  • Smooth areas on the outside – printable on both sides
  • You can make furniture out of it!

You can find out more about UltraBoard by Dufaylite here.

Both these two sustainable materials are easily recycled because they are 100% fibre based. They are a great alternative to traditional corrugated centre foam board and polypropolene for point of sale and display projects.

We have plenty of samples so please get in touch if you would like more info or samples on these sustainable options for indoor signage.

Exciting new product – Fishing Nets recycled for print – Axipack Eco+  sustainable materials

This is a really new product so we don’t have much information but you can check out the video here to find out all about the new AxiPack ViPrint Eco+ range.

What we do know is that the formulation incorporates 20 to 80 % post-consumer recycled material (from marine litter). It’s a white sheet both sides with a green inner recycled centre.

If you have a print project and would like to discuss the sustainable options then do get in touch with us on 01284 748210 or email us at info@kingfisher-press.com.

You can find out more about our environmental credentials and commitments on our website here.

A bit about PVC

I’m always curious to find out more about products and their benefits or challenges – this is what I found out about PVC.

What is PVC and why is it not a great option?

PVC is a synthetic resin made from the polymerization of vinyl chloride.

During its lifecycle PVC plastic releases toxic, chlorine-based chemicals that build up in the world’s ecosystems and end up in the food chain and eventually in humans and animals. These chemicals include dioxins that are among the most toxic chemicals known to science.

Is PVC recyclable?

The answer is yes but its not very commonly recycled by local authorities. But PVC is recyclable in some forms. It can be reused, regrind, melted, and extruded numerous times. PVC must be recycled separately from other plastic waste and materials due to the high chlorine content in raw PVC and the high levels of hazardous additives the polymer contains, to achieve the desired material quality.

Really we should avoid PVC where possible but recycling PVC is essential when there is no alternative as it can take more than 450 years for PVC to biodegrade if it ends up in landfill.

Source: Businesswaste.co.uk