Beautiful Signs for a Better Planet

Eco-Friendly Approach

BEAUTIFUL SIGNS FOR A BETTER PLANET

Green Dot Sign specializes in sustainable ADA signage that can contribute to LEED credits. Our materials, manufacturing method, and installation options reflect our commitment to produce the most sustainable signs available and bring the beauty of natural materials into interior environments.

SUSTAINABLE SIGNAGE

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted, the sign industry has almost exclusively used plastic for ADA-compliant signs. While plastic is cost-effective and chemical resistant, it harms our planet and health.

In U.S. commercial buildings alone, at least 243 million pounds of plastic ADA-compliant signs are in use today. As existing buildings are renovated these signs will be tossed into a landfill for future generations to deal with.

Green Dot Sign was founded to address this challenge. Our signs are about 99% bio-degradable by weight and every Green Dot sign reduces plastic consumption by 250 grams versus a traditional ADA-compliant sign.

THIRD PARTY RESEARCH

To learn more about Green Dot sign benefits read “The Case for Green ADA-Compliant Signage,” our White Paper researched and written by an environmental scientist.

GREEN DOT SIGN'S APPROACH

No one likes an ugly room sign, and nearly everyone sees the inherent beauty of natural materials.

Green Dot Sign™ uses only real wood. Our standard Ready to Order signs use aspen and a special blend of oils to bring out the grain and protect the wood.

Numerous studies have found that the biophilic effect of natural materials reduces stress and enhances social and cognitive functions.

Green Dot ADA signs are made of a renewable wood base and 3D printed, non-toxic manufacturing material. The additive material used for lettering and other content is directly fused to the wood. Because no adhesive is used, printed lettering, braille, and pictograms will never separate from the wood.

 

Green Dot Sign developed a patent pending, low-waste manufacturing process to create our ADA-compliant signs. During product development, we focused on minimizing our environmental footprint. Wood and sawdust waste from our sign blank production is biodegradable and 3D printing creates almost no waste.

We  design and make all of our signs in the USA.

To reduce our environmental impact Green Dot Sign uses cardboard boxes, paper based filler, and paper based tape in packaging and shipping.

Green Dot signs are prepared for installation via one of two methods. Our preferred method uses biodegradable wood pegs and eco-friendly silicone to mount a sign. Alternatively, a sign can be secured with adhesive foam tape. We hope to identify an eco-friendly foam tape soon.

When purchasing a Green Dot sign choose one of our two methods, or select no installation preparation for a sign with a blank back. Pricing does not vary based on installation method.

Detailed written instructions are shipped with signs, and an Installation Guide is available through our Resources drop down menu.

Green Dot signs look beautiful for many years, but eventually it will be time to update your facility.

To facilitate responsible end of life handling we offer a 10% per sign credit for each product shipped back to us.  Lettering, braille, and pictograms are planed off the wood sign base and disposed of responsibly.  Remaining wood is shredded and used for animal bedding, then applied as fertilizer.

FSC® WOOD & GREEN BUILDINGS

Green Dot Sign uses Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) 100% certified wood, so as a permanently installed product our signs can contribute to U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.

Green Dot signs fall under the LEED v4.1 Material Resources – Building Product Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) – Sourcing of Raw Materials credit category. Through this category, selection of products that have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner is rewarded with one or two credits. 

We are members of the USGBC Minnesota Chapter and will be a vendor at Greenbuild in Atlanta.