With all the legal requirements and environmental standards today, end users are looking for eco-friendly options. That’s a catalyst for printer manufacturers like Roland to meet those demands, says Lily Hunter at Roland DGA Corp. “We’re noticing a shift to greener, more sustainable materials and inks. Roland’s specially formulated Eco-Sol MAX® and Eco-Sol MAX® 2 inks are GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning they meet UL Labs’ most stringent standard for low VOC emissions into indoor air.”
Polyester made with 100 percent post-consumer soda bottles has also gotten a second breath in recent years. The price of recycled polyester is coming down, so companies that want to go green but don’t want to pay more are able to do so, says James Gay of Fisher Textiles Inc.
Top Value Fabrics introduced a REACH Compliant, PVC-Free, FR product called Geo Mesh that won the ISA (International Sign Association) Expo best new product award this year. Some high-profile sporting events, including championship games and marathons, are able to switch from heavy PVC mesh to fabric because they are temporary events, lasting a few days to a week, according to Mike Compton. Geo Mesh is lightweight, easy to install, less expensive to ship, and has 35 percent airflow, making it a desirable display and event fabric for indoor and short-term outdoor applications.