Your Green Life: "Eco-Friendly Signs & Awards"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT


Winning first place in a soccer or baseball tournament is always exciting and deserves a medal.

...But in this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson looks at a Duluth business that is using more sustainable and environmentally friendly materials to recognize success.

At Glenwood Signs and Awards in Duluth, they have begun to use more environmentally friendly materials and practices in the past few months.
This includes materials like wood versus plastics, and paper over vinyl, but how did they know what materials could and could not be recycled?

"We talked to the representative at waste management and gave him samples of things that we are throwing away, backing paper from vinyl and things like that and asked if they were recyclable. He took them with him and came back and show us what we could and could not recycle" said Laurie Davis.

According to Glenwood Signs and Awards, once they determined what could be recycled, their dumpster use was cut by half.

"We are trying to get people to use more natural material awards; glass and wood and away from plastic and the acrylics the less sustainable materials", said Scott Davis.

One example of this is they banner material. Recently they have acquired a durable, yet more sustainable paper material. While it is less shiny that the vinyl, it still can display a deep, rich color to show off an upcoming event or announcement. In addition, it creates much less waste than a vinyl sign.
Another key aspect in receiving the seal of approval from Sustainable Twin Ports is they are buying their materials from a local source.

"We have also been developing some awards in house so we are not buying finished product out personalizing it and selling it out again, were bringing in raw materials, generating the awards in house and then sending them on their way on more sustainable practices", said Scott.

Also, according to Scott, the response to the new products has been generally positive and even today they are continuing to seek our more ways to use these sustainable practices.
In Duluth, for Your Green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson. The Northlands Newscenter.

If you want to see what other Twin Ports Businesses have received the sustainability seal feel free to visit:

http://www.sustainabletwinports.org/

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