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Top tips to be an eco-friendly exhibitor

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

So, you want to become an eco-exhibitor, that’s great!

There is not a better time to make the transition to environmentally friendly exhibition display. The events and exhibitions industry generates an astronomical amount of waste, of which sadly, the majority ends up in landfill.

As a business, we recognise that this is something that needs to change, so we’re really pleased that you’re making these positive steps towards being an eco-friendly exhibitor, and you should be really proud of yourself too!

In this article, we explore five top tips to become an eco-exhibitor.

1. Use displays that are made from sustainable materials

Okay, we’re not suggesting here that you need to know all you can about the materials that exhibition displays are made from… Just be aware to ask the right questions about where the material to make a banner stand, exhibition display or counter has come from. For example, was the material sourced in the UK? Is it made from recycled products? Has the carbon footprint been reduced or offset in the production and logistics of that material? Your chosen display partner should be able to help you out on this one.

As an example, traditional roller banner stands are often made from PVC based materials, are tricky to recycle and are imported from overseas, so have a hefty associated carbon footprint. Our sustainable banner stand from the Totally eco Displays range is made from 40% recycled materials, produced in the UK and can be 100% recycled. Plus, we have a detailed carbon reduction plan and offset our carbon footprint too, funding environmental projects around the globe, so there is no associated carbon footprint for any of our products.

2. Make sure displays are recyclable

Avoid sending exhibition display to landfill. When you create an exhibition display, whether it be a banner stand, backdrop, literature rack or anything else, make sure it can be recycled!

We’re proud that our Totally eco Displays range is 100% recyclable. That’s right, not one of our display products will end up in landfill because they’re super easy to recycle in cardboard waste channels.

3. Pick an eco-minded exhibition display supplier

This is a really important point, because opting for an eco-friendly exhibition stand goes way beyond whether a display is made from sustainable materials or can be recycled.

Make sure to question your exhibition display supplier to find out what their commitment is to the environment. For example, are they making changes to operate more efficiently? Do they have a plan to reduce their footprint and then offset what is left?

At Totally eco Displays, we have a huge focus on being environmentally friendly and doing all we can to help save our planet and make it a better place for our future generations to come. After all, our business is centred around being green. Find out more about our commitment to sustainability.

4. Plan to reuse your displays again and again

There is a common misconception that if an exhibition display is made from a cardboard material, then it can only be used once. We can say for our own display range, this is absolutely not true. (We can’t speak for everyone else).

Our sustainable exhibition display range is made from a robust cardboard material, that can be assembled without any hard-fixing, tapes or glue, making Totally eco Displays completely reusable. That’s right, these are sustainable exhibition displays that are reusable time and time again, until end-of-life, when they can be 100% recycled.

5. Keep giveaways eco-friendly

There is one thing that is almost a staple for exhibitions. Giveaways. Whether it’s a brochure, business card, or notepad and pen, it’s almost impossible for show visitors to leave an exhibition without something to remember the exhibitors by.

If you’re planning giveaways for your exhibition stand, make sure that they are as environmentally friendly as possible, such as made from sustainable materials and recyclable. There are lots of options when it comes to environmentally friendly merchandise, so explore them all and see what works best for your business.


Who are Totally eco Displays?

We create recyclable and portable display graphics for exhibitions, events, conferences and all other kinds of brand activations.

Our display products are designed and built in the UK, using a robust corrugated cardboard, which can be reused time and time again until at the end of life when they can be ultimately recycled using the cardboard recycling bins we are all familiar with. We even print your graphics using eco-friendly inks and sustainable print technology.

Our exclusive sustainable display range includes everything you might desire for an exhibition, including banner stands, backdrops, counters, and literature stands. Plus, we can also create custom displays too!

Who is Totally eco Displays for?

Totally eco Displays are for anyone who wants to find a new way to create standout display graphics without harming the planet.

Whether you’re a once-in-a-while showcaser or a regular exhibitor, if reducing your impact on the environment is a top priority, then Totally eco Displays is for you!


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