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Banner Box uses sustainable materials from CMYUK 

Banner Box uses sustainable materials from CMYUK 
Banner Box has reaffirmed its environmental focus with an attention-grabbing eco mesh hoarding outside its Chesterfield premises that bears the legend: ‘Proudly sourcing sustainable material’.  

The source of this print specialist’s sustainable materials is CMYUK, a market leader in the provision of eco-responsible products.

Just over a year ago, Banner Box partnered with CMYUK to offer the latest and best performing eco-materials to its customers, although Lockdown interrupted the gathering momentum.

Ryan Shelton, a Director of Banner Box, explained: “Prior to the pandemic, sustainable materials were gaining traction and we were starting to receive lots of enquiries and requests for them. Then COVID-19 came along and everyone wanted PVC and acrylics fast. However, now that things are settling down again, we’ll be concentrating on far more sustainable fabrics from now and into the future, as we continue to do our bit for the environment.”

During Lockdown, Banner Box was closed for just a single day and it was one of the first print companies out of the traps to provide PPE, and one of the earliest to produce PVC visors, producing over 100,00 by the end of Lockdown. In addition, the company also fabricated facemasks, hospital scrubs, and body bags as well as PVC and acrylic sneeze guards, barriers, and screens.

Ryan continued: “The amount of single-use plastic that’s been produced over the last three months has been huge. It’s definitely put us all on the back foot as far as the environment is concerned, but hopefully, as we go forward, we can start to think about health and wider eco issues, which is why the sourcing of sustainable materials is vital to our business model.”

Prior to Lockdown almost all of Banner Box’s larger customers, ranging from those active within the retail sector, through to events and local government organisations, were increasingly stipulating the use of green alternatives as part of their own sustainability targets.

Ryan commented: “For many customers, it’s still all about the price, and although sustainable materials cost slightly more, it’s not that much more. It’s all about reiterating the desirability of using more co-friendly materials and spreading the message far and wide so that eventually they are regarded by everyone as the only sensible choice.”

Banner Box has been testing out CMYUK eco mesh products and is very impressed with their printability.

Ryan reported: “They print very easily, with punchy colours that are reacting well. We also put eco-materials through their paces in field tests, trialling them outside to see how they react in adverse weather so we can really see what’s viable.”

The company has tracked the development of eco-alternatives for the wide-format digital print sector for some time but concedes that many of the earlier products were too expensive and didn’t really perform as well as they needed to.

However, times have changed, and Ryan now believes that there is a wide choice of quality eco alternatives available at more than acceptable price points.

The recent big hitter introduced by CMYUK to the UK and Ireland is the highly affordable Kavalan range of PVC-free banner materials, which looks like PVC, has the strength of PVC and welds like PVC.

Not only is Kavalan PVC-free, it is also phthalate-free and adheres to strict environmental standards, being REACH, RoHS, and 33P compliant.

Kavalan is specifically designed for waste-to-energy end-of-life conversion processes and can be incinerated without any adverse effects to human health or the environment. It is also up to 50 percent lighter than PVC, thus storing up credits on its carbon footprint.

“We’re very excited about PVC-free Kavalan,” enthused Ryan. “It’s something the market has been crying out for and is definitely something it needs. It’s going to really impact PVC printing. We have a FIAB welding machine, and the fact that FIAB has also endorsed the product is a big deal. It looks like the game-changer we’ve been waiting for.”

Kavalan follows hot on the heels of CMYUK’s recently launched UFABRIK Canvas White Back and Grey Back Eco wallcovering ranges. These materials have been fabricated from the yarn of single-use plastic waste, and are used for the production of traditional wallpapers, single-piece wallcoverings, stapled canvas wraps, and roll-up material that can be used to create stunning graphic walls for expos, events, and interiors.

CMYUK is also the exclusive distributor for the German-made PONGS textiles in the UK and Ireland and offers a variety of high quality, price competitive sustainable materials.

“The PONGS mesh wrap is very impressive,” said Ryan. “We use it to produce our banners and it’s stable, delivers great colours and is another effective material in our eco offering.”

As well as offering high performance and attractively priced eco materials, Banner Box has reviewed its own waste policy and signed up to an initiative where its reusable materials are sent directly to recycling centres. It also replaced all of its lighting with low energy LED bulbs and is currently reviewing its vehicle fleet to see how it can make environmental improvements there too.

Over the next 12 months, the company is looking to further expand its sustainable materials portfolio, so that it can respond to whatever challenges it is faced with the most advanced environmentally responsible products available.

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