The NEC Commercial Graphics department has launched a sustainable range as part of its offering to organisers looking for more environmentally-friendly options.
The on-site team manages the production, delivery and installation of graphic solutions to organisers and as part of the NEC’s sustainable initiative, NEC Sustain, the venue wanted to offer a greener alternative.
The sustainable graphics range uses a PVC free composite board that can be made into any type of display solution that would traditionally use timber and includes wall sections, wedges and directional signage. The boards are completely recyclable in all conventional waste-paper recycling streams and are FSC certified, meaning the raw material is sourced from managed forests. The core of the board is made of around 75 per cent virgin fibre and 25 per cent recycled fibre, and is produced with a small amount of waste; approximately 97 per cent of all raw materials are used in the manufacturing process.
NEC Sustain is the NEC’s all-encompassing sustainability programme that aims to find ways to make events more sustainable. The programme has been running for over 10 years and has enabled the NEC to introduce a range of waste and energy saving initiatives. Once a show is finished, the board will be recycled as part of the NEC’s comprehensive recycling policy.
Head of commercial graphics, Jane Carter, said: “The NEC is committed to sustainability and offering organisers a more environmentally sensitive option is really important to us. However, we recognised when sourcing materials and suppliers that a sustainable range had to deliver on creativity and flexibility. We are very excited about the new sustainable range because it offers organisers a green alternative without any compromises.”