Interested in a Sustainable Media Alternative?

ConVerd Board
(Above): "conVerd board" paper-based rigid board
Companies in all sectors are looking at their business practices to find ways to reduce their environmental impact. This involves finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing materials which come from certified sources that are recycled/recyclable.

As an abbreviated supplement to our sustainable substrate media list, this blog post serves as a guide to the various media available in large format printing; those which incorporate important environmental criteria that will help our clients reduce the environmental impact of their next project.

We understand this process is a continual evolution and PrismTech plays an important role, not only in education, but in driving our own purchases towards the most environmentally progressive materials available.

So, here it is… our list of the most sustainable materials currently available to us – with an explanation of each item.

1. conVerd Board

An interior alternative to a rigid substrate like foamboard.

  • 10% post-consumer waste
  • Recyclable
  • Sheet size(s): 48″ x 96″, 60″ x 120″
  • Thickness: 3mm, 4.7mm, 6mm

Typical applications for ConVerd Board include:

  • Retail & POP Signage
  • 3D Displays
  • General Signage


An outdoor (as well as indoor) alternative to foamboard.

  • Green-e certified (produced with renewable energy)
  • Recyclable
  • Sheet size(s): 48″ x 96″
  • Thickness: 10pt, 40pt

Typical applications for IMAGEMAX include:

  • Retail & POP Signage
  • Header cards and shelf talkers
  • General Signage

3. Blox Lite

A paper-based alternative to interior hanging banner vinyls.

  • 10% post-consumer waste
  • Recyclable
  • Green Seal certified (meets high standards for environmental leadership)
  • Roll Width(s): 54″, 64″
  • Thickness: 8.5pt, 10pt

Typical applications for Blox Lite include:

  • Indoor Retail & POP Signage
  • Hanging Signs & Banners
  • General Signage

4. be.tex Green Samba

A fabric alternative to PVC-based vinyl.

  • Made of recycled water bottles
  • Recyclable
  • Roll Width(s): 60″, 126″

Typical applications fo be.tex Green Samba include:

  • Banners
  • Backdrops (backlit & non-backlit)
  • Display Frame Systems

5. EnviroScape Mural

A pre-pasted (water activated) alternative to traditional PVC-based adhesive vinyl.

  • 10% post-consumer waste
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit certified
  • Roll Width(s): 50″
  • Thickness: 10mm

Typical applications for EnviroScape Mural include:

  • Murals
  • Wall Decor
  • POP Signage
  • Pole Wraps

6. DisplayPro Banner

An indoor/outdoor alternative to PVC-based banner vinyl.

  • Non-PVC
  • Recyclable
  • Roll Width(s): 36″, 54″
  • Thickness: 8mm

Typical applications for DisplayPro include:

  • Rollup Banner Stands
  • Free-hanging Signs

7. Envision 480Cv3

A versatile indoor/outdoor alternative to PVC-based adhesive vinyl.

  • Non-PVC
  • Roll Width(s): 54″, 60″
  • Thickness: 2mil

Typical applications for Envision 480Cv3 include:

  • Walls & Buildings (smooth and textured)
  • Vehicle Graphics
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are other substrates being introduced on a regular basis. We will take another look at available options later this year and consider another post to update our clients on the latest developments in this area.

On a related note, we are working with our close friends and partners at Hemlock Printers on our greenhouse gas reduction strategy (through ClimateSmart) so look out for updates on this in the coming months.

For information on more sustainable products, feel free to download our sustainable substrate media list.

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Have a project to quote? Get in touch with a Hemlock Display print specialist. We’re here to help! 

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Have a project to quote? Get in touch with a Hemlock Display print specialist. We’re here to help!