Green spending to double in 2008

March 1, 2008

Consumers answering the 2007 ImagePower Green Brands Survey plan to double spending on green products and services in 2008, an estimated $500 billion in sales. “This wave of research very clearly indicates an uptick in purchase intent…particularly those that are relatively simple to implement, such as installing environmentally friendly lighting and upgrading to energy-saving appliances,” …

Tax savings for ADA compliance

It has been 17 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Although many specialty fabric products businesses still fall short when it comes to making their businesses—and their business premises—ADA compliant, others have used the financial and tax incentives created to help ease the cost of complying with the ADA …

Eco-friendly tubing keeps displays fresh

Tension fabric displays that have lost some of their pizazz can mutate into new life forms—if they are part of a KSK Tension Fabric System. KSK Digital Printing Solutions, Troy, Mich., introduced the new product line in January. It features eco-friendly aluminum tubing and extrusion frames with grand format dye-sublimated printed fabric graphics that are …

Lincoln Fabrics contributes $1 million for cancer center

Niagara Health Systems, Ontario’s largest multi-site hospital system, called its $40-million fundraising campaign for the Walker Family Cancer Centre “It’s Our Time.” The Howes family, owners of Lincoln Fabrics Inc., St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, decided it was their time, donating $1 million to the campaign. Lincoln Fabrics, led by David Howes, has been in the …

Tyvek faces up to artist concept

The Arlington Arts Center’s staid brick façade transformed overnight into the backdrop for a disturbing image of hordes of shouting faces 15 feet high and 300 feet long. The fine art museum in Arlington, Va., wrapped itself in artist Rosemary Feit Covey’s creation, part of “The 0 Project” exhibit. Covey first considered DuPont™ Tyvek® as …

That sinking feeling…

The recently opened USS Monitor Center at the Mariners’ Museum of Newport News, Va., depends upon some engineered and fabricated fabric components from tension-fabric experts Transformit, Gorham, Maine, to help theater visitors experience the sensation of being underwater in a sinking ship. Part of a larger 18,000-square-foot educational exhibit, the theater environment tells the story …

Banner chic

When this kitchen and bath design studio moved to its new location in Chicago, Ill., the company wanted to stand out without overwhelming the area. The studio hired Evanston Awnings to replace the building’s existing awnings with 18 banners, featuring advertising graphics of two of the studio’s major brands on both sides. Though the substrates …

Banner options

Color X created these dye sublimated, silk banners for more than 30 Bloomingdales’ locations across the country. Along with the banners, Color X designed custom stretch frames that store employees could wrap with fabrics in a quick three-step process, allowing store managers the flexibility to hang the banners over apparel selections or lean them against …

Banners save space and provide privacy in a salon

Banner Creations used opaque and transparent fabrics for this salon’s window in the Minneapolis skyway system. The original signage used up too much valuable retail space, and did not shield clients from being viewed by passers by. In contrast, the new banners, manufactured with a combination of double-sided poly-knit banners and 10 Celtic cloth double-sided …

Banners create canopy effect for church

These three 75-foot-long banners create a canopy effect that respects the linear nature of this church in Milwaukee, Wis., yet introduces curved elements, which help to create a sense of movement. Visually lowering the 40-foot high ceiling, and attempting to help humanize the scale of this expansive space was the initial design objective. Each banner …