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The 2009 SGIA Expo not only showcased the most innovative technologies in the specialty imaging industry, but also promoted sustainable imaging solutions with its Recycling Initiative and Expo signs.

Earlier this month, SGIA arranged for all recyclable media to be picked up from exhibitors’ booths and delivered directly to the recycling center on the Expo floor. Once all of the recyclable media was collected and sorted, the material was directed back into domestic extrusion rather than exported for incineration or unknown applications. SGIA collected a total of 15,987 pounds of material.

"All of the parties that participated in the Initiative should be commended," said Brett Thompson, director of environmental affairs at Laird Plastics, who managed the program. "Thank you to YRC, Shepard Exposition Services, SBC Recycling and all of the exhibiting companies who assisted in making the Expo Recycling Initiative a success."

Sustainable initiatives also took place throughout the Expo lobby and in the aisles. Value Vinyls, a supplier of digital and screen-printing media, donated EcoLogic material for the Expo lobby banners. EcoLogic, which debuted at the show, is an entirely PVC-free, 100 percent recyclable frontlit material that is durable enough for long-term outdoor applications, yet smooth enough for close-up views of indoor signage.

ConVerd, an environmentally sustainable substrate provider, donated Enviroboard MR (moisture resistant) for all of the aisle signs. Also introduced at the Expo, Enviroboard MR is a rigid, moisture-resistant, 100 percent recyclable board alternative to traditional foam core and corrugated plastic boards.