China had handled nearly half of the world’s recyclable waste for the past quarter century. Beginning in January 2018, China decided to no longer be the dumping ground for the world’s recycled waste, which had puts the world in a garbage crisis.
In the retail display industry, most of the products need to be customized. It means that there are not many other options to choose after the product used. Most of the products will eventually be disposed of in the dump, which will put more pressure on the environment.
Sustainable retail display，‘ReStore’ initiative has been developed by Concourse, which aims to reduce the amount of retail furniture, fixtures and merchandising that often end up in landfill sites by identifying projects and charities that can benefit from them.
The initiative provides a dedicated service to collect repurpose and recycle old materials into new pieces. Concourse said that this could include school desks for education projects, and recycling retail displays into donation points for charity organizations.
It’s not enough that just the Concourse(work on retail display) to make an effort to a sustainable retail display. Everyone should work hard to protect our environment. There are several aspects to the attention of the retail display product from the beginning of its manufacture to its end of life:
1. Use Eco-Friendly materials
(1) Choose wood first.
Wood is a versatile material that can be used for semi-permanent or permanent POP display, with little environmental stress at the end of the product’s life. Wood in the import and export process generally after fumigation, customs declaration procedures can generally be entrusted to a professional customs declaration or agent declaration enterprises. Some rare wood import and export procedures will be more time-consuming.
(2) Use Cardboard
Give it Back rack, a POP display made from recycled Coke packaging
Cardboard seems like a simple solution that can be recycled at the end of use. In fact, many supermarkets are using cardboard displays. But the life of cardboard (corrugated paper) is very short. Sometimes the cardboard display will have a variety of printing coating, the recycling process is not environmentally friendly. If the design of a cardboard display without too much coating printing will be a very green display material for a sustainable retail display.
(3) Use recyclable metal and plastics.
We hear a lot about how plastics are bad for the environment but actually, it isn't quite as clear cut as that. Plastic is cheap, rigid, easy to work with, and easy to handle during use. The plastic display is lightweight and has a longer life than cardboard. As Metals, the load-bearing capacity is much better, and it can be used on display shelves for heavy products such as wine in glass bottles.
Both are still easily recyclable materials, but the recycling process is more complex than cardboard.
We can search the web for a number of companies that specialize in recycling retail display, some of which are retail display manufacturers. Contact your local retail display store for assistance.
2. To reduce polluting processes in the production process:
Some of the processes in the factory can cause serious environmental pollution, for example, the wastewater from metal plating or oxidation contains a lot of heavy metals and harmful compounds, the metal grinding process produces a lot of metal powder; Large quantities of powder are also produced during the casting process and if these harmful substances come into people's lives they can have a serious impact on people's health.
Designers should be aware of the pollution that comes with the process and should avoid these processes when designing. But if it is necessary (we all know that plating looks good), choose a factory that will deal with the pollution.
3. Contact the charity
As with the ‘ReStore’ program, Concourse notes that some retail display devices can be adapted to school desks in educational programs. There are other occasions where retail display furniture can be used, such as shelves in the public areas where items need to be placed. Contact the charity. They can find people who need help.
These are just a few tips from Samtop POP display for recycling travel retail display, which promotes green for all and helps to protect the environment. If you have any suggestions, please contact us, we are a POP display company in China.