Beautiful Signs for a Better Planet
Saint Paul, MN, September 12, 2019, Green Dot Sign, Inc. – After a decade of making traditional plastic intensive signs, Green Dot Sign founder, Simon Nussbaum wants to make the ADA sign industry more environmentally friendly.
Green Dot Sign launched in 2019 with a patent-pending sign manufacturing technique. It makes signs that are about 99% bio-degradable by weight and every sign reduces plastic consumption by 250 grams versus a traditional ADA sign. Additionally, use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified wood preserves forests. As a permanently installed product, Green Dot signs can contribute to U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits. Green Dot Sign’s break-through innovation offers a fresh alternative to commercial real estate and other public building managers and fills a void for green building contractors.
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, it harms our planet and health. In U.S. Commercial buildings alone, at least 243 millions pounds of plastic ADA signs are in use today. As existing buildings are renovated these signs will be tossed into a landfill.
At Nussbaum’s prior sign company, his team sorted through excess sign material regularly. He explained, “When throwing out a 60 pound polycarbonate scrap my thinking was transformed. As we added it to an overflowing dumpster I had a vision of all this plastic sitting in a landfill completely unchanged 10,000 years from now and was sick to my stomach.”
Nussbaum started considering environmentally friendly manufacturing methods and products. The idea to create signage from a wood base and non-toxic 3D printed material for lettering, braille, and pictograms was sparked by a braille sign with a printed wood background. “I noticed a trend in room signs to use printed faux wood or real wood veneer behind plastic and thought, why not get rid of the plastic? I decided to reduce plastic use, consolidate production steps, and highlight the beauty of real wood grain to make some darn beautiful signs.”
By offering easy online ordering of unique, eco-friendly, ADA signs, Green Dot sign is gaining traction, and hopes to push the signage industry to be more sustainable.
Green Dot Sign utilizes a unique, patent-pending process to manufacture braille ADA-compliant room and door signs. Our process direct bonds 3D printed raised elements to a real wood base, making signs that are stunningly beautiful and eco-friendly. All our standard signs are FSC® 100%, so they preserve real forests, deliver value to rural areas and contribute to LEED 4.1 points. We provide signage nationwide directly to end users as well as work closely with architectural and interior design firms. Green Dot Sign sells most signage directly via our website, where clients can choose from over 9,500 standard sign combinations of content, color, braille color and installation method. We also produce a wide variety of custom signage.