Our Aim is to be Fully Sustainable by 2022
Climate change awareness has escalated to a new level and this critical concern is now dominating the mainstream. For the last three years, Hollywood Monster has actively been committed to putting sustainability right at the heart of its business ethos. We have researched, sourced, tested and engaged with new, innovative suppliers to help us replace the majority of our materials with viable, eco-friendly alternatives.
- We have decreased our own carbon footprint and that of our customers whilst reducing the amount of waste in the supply chain.
- We want to pass this best practice onto customers, clients and brands to help them make the right choices for their business and for Mother Earth.
- We are proud of our reputation as an eco-responsible pioneer within the UK’s digital wide-format print and signage market.
The 5R Eco-Credentials
We have recently invested in a 3.4m wide EFI VUTEk FabriVU inline dye-sublimation digital printer. Featuring water-based inks, it allows us to print on a range of uncoated materials, opening the door to a vast and eco-friendly world.
This joins our EFI VUTEk 5r, a 5m LED roll-to-roll printer installed in 2017 with the help of a £97,000 grant awarded by several bodies including the Greenbridge Supply Chain Programme to back our investment into sustainability.
It can print directly on to uncoated surfaces, thereby greatly increasing the biodegradability It has the ability to use substantially thinner material, reducing the amount of product going to landfill by over 30% The VUTEk 5r runs at c2kw/hr, whereas the previous equivalent ran at 10kw/hr reducing carbon emissions by 80% (approximately 24 tonnes p.a) A standard UV printer uses consumable parts with toxic metals (mercury) the EFI VUTEk 5r uses LED curing which uses 30% of the electric footprint of a standard UV printer.
And as we like to walk our talk, Hollywood Monster has decided to phase out all diesel company cars by 2022 and will be replacing them with electric/hybrid vehicles. We currently have two electric charging points in our car park with more to be installed throughout the year.
UFabrik Eco Range
This really is a game changer in our industry it is fully sustainable, reusable and recyclable – this range is manufactured from plastic bottles, which are then cleaned, sorted and shredded into flakes, these are then converted into pellets which are melted into extruded fibres, these fibres are then spun into yarn – that when woven forms the unique substrate of the UFabrik Eco Range. This product produces stunning one piece wall coverings, hanging banners, display frames, canvas prints and eco walls making this a perfect eco-friendly solution for Retail, Wall coverings, Exhibitions and Events and is available up to 3.1m wide.
The Kavalan range is PVC free and 100% clean, incinerating just ONE 3.2m roll of Kavalan can generate enough energy to power an iPhone for over 5 years
Kavalan weighs 50% less significantly reducing carbon emissions in transportation
Kavalans look, feel and quality is the same as PVC and can also be welded.
Introducing Our Pvc Free Alternatives
As a wide format printer handling thousands of metres of PVC banners each week, we are committed to improving our sustainability and going as green as possible. In 2018 alone Europe printed approximately 340 million square metres of PVC Banner material – That’s enough to wrap Wembley Stadium 4200 times, in just one year. At Hollywood Monster, we have a procurement team dedicated to researching all Enviro product replacements. We work closely with all of our suppliers, involving regular visits to their factories to ensure they are producing in a green, efficient manner and checking out their latest eco-friendly products, here are some of the PVC free alternatives we have to offer:
- Swap Standard/Premium Frontlit for Kavalan Sunlight
- Swap Backlit PVC for Kavalan Sunlight
- Swap Frontlit Textile for Direct Tex Frontlit Textile
- Swap Textile for Direct Tex Backlit Textile
- Swap Flag for Direct Tex Flag
- Swap Blockout PVC S/S D/S for Kavalan Butterfly
- Swap Mesh PVC for Kavalan Spiderweb
- Swap Polycrill for Ufabrik ECO Wallcovering
- Swap Self-Adhesive Vinyl for PVC free Self-Adhesive removable vinyl suitable for indoor/outdoor use
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