Beautiful Signs for a Better Planet
Green Dot Sign® founder Simon Nussbaum wants to make it easier for companies to choose sustainable, green signage in their next construction or remodeling endeavors.
To achieve purchasing confidence in sustainable companies, Green Dot Sign® has assembled a new “best in class” resource for discerning sustainable ADA sign specifications. This resource analyzes product data sheets alongside CSI 3- Part Specifications database, Autodesk Revit software, and other widely-used construction and design industry tools, as well as the most concurrent USGBC LEED® standards.
Green Dot Sign® is no stranger to sustainable innovation: when the company launched in 2019, their patent-pending manufacturing technique produced signs that are nearly 99% biodegradable by weight, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified, and follow ADA sign specifications.
Nussbaum started considering environmentally-friendly and sustainable manufacturing methods and products after a decade of making traditional plastic intensive signs. 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 fake 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,” Nussbaum concluded. Thus, the mission of Green Dot Sign® began.
Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, the sign industry has almost exclusively used plastic for signs that meet ADA sign specifications. While plastic appears cost-effective up front, it harms our planet and health in the long run. In U.S. commercial buildings alone, at least 243 millions pounds of plastic ADA signs are in use today. All this plastic will fill landfills when their usable life is complete.
By offering easy online ordering of unique, sustainable, eco-friendly signs that follow ADA sign specifications, Green Dot Sign® is gaining traction and hopes to push the signage industry to be more sustainable.