Smart Solutions for Sustainable Campuses

Posted by Admin on 18 April 2012

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Ecorite Imaging, Inc. Ecorite Imaging, Inc. (ERI) was an exhibitor for the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference (SSCC), held April 16-17, 2012 at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Campus sustainability directors and staff shared ideas and discovered new technologies for developing more sustainable solutions.  ERI graphics and materials reduce the total environmental impact of on-campus signs, displays and banners.

ERI designed and produced the SSCC conference signage on its biodegradable Polar Board using eco-friendly ultra violet (UV) inks.  Signs were printed on both sides to reduce material use.  After the event, signs can be repurposed, recycled or discarded to simply biodegrade in the waste stream.

Ecorite Imaging, Inc. is the prime source for a new range of Made-in-USA digital print mediums that are both biodegradable and recyclable.  In addition, ERI offers other substrate products made from recycled content.  Ecorite Imaging products are not only better for the environment, they also have superior print surfaces, are durable, resist water and dings, and incorporate anti-peel technology when laminated.

ERI produces a wide range of ecologically responsible graphics.  The company helps customers determine more sustainable material options and solutions for their campus print-on-plastic applications.  ERI can also provide blank roll or sheet material to on-campus print shops.

All ERI biodegradable materials have unlimited shelf and display life.  They are engineered to decompose only when they encounter microbial activity in the environment, on the ground, in water, and specifically in anaerobic landfills.  Biodegradable additives enable polymers to undergo a slow, organic biodegrading process, similar to lichen on rocks, or tree branches on the forest floor.  The polymer is converted to water, biogas and biomass, leaving no heavy metals or toxic chemicals in the environment.

Traditional plastic substrates take centuries to start breaking down.  In contrast, ERI’s bioactive plastics decompose naturally, depending on site conditions, usually in under seven years. Furthermore, unlike "compostable plastics," no sorting, added energy or treatment of the bio-active polymers is required for the biodegrading process to occur.