Beautiful Signs for a Better Planet

SUSTAINABLE SIGNS

SUSTAINABLE SIGNS

Green Dot Sign® specializes in sustainable signs, focusing on ADA and wayfinding signage. This means that at every step, from materials selection to installation and packaging, we make the choice that is best for our planet and customers. The result is naturally beautiful room and door signs that are better for building occupants. 

ADA SIGN INNOVATION

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, the signage industry has almost exclusively used acrylic plastic for ADA compliant signs. While plastic is cost-effective and chemical resistant, it is derived from fossil fuels and almost never recycled.

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

Green Dot Sign® was founded to address this challenge.

  

Because our office signs are made of real responsibly harvested FSC® wood, they are 99% biodegradable and renewable by weight. Additionally, every sign reduces plastic consumption by 250 grams versus a traditional ADA sign.

THIRD PARTY RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABLE SIGNS

To learn more about Green Dot Sign® ecological benefits and the sources behind our claims, read “The Case for Green ADA Compliant Signage,” our White Paper researched and written by an environmental scientist.

ADA SIGN COMPARISON

To learn more about environmental impacts of facilities signage, watch our video comparing a traditional plastic ADA sign to a Green Dot sign.

For sustainable sign specification documentation for your next building project, check out our AECO Sign Specifications page.

THE SUSTAINABLE SIGNS APPROACH

sustainable signs on a wallOur wide selection of ready to order ADA signs are made of aspen and coated with plant-based oils to bring out the grain and protect the wood.  We also produce custom signs from a variety of beautiful natural materials.

Green Dot Sign room and door signs enable customers to bring nature to interior environments. Studies have found that the biophilic effect of natural materials reduces stress and enhances social and cognitive functions.

Environmentally responsible signs also illustrate a commitment to our planet, as well as human health and well being, at every doorway.

Most Green Dot signs are made of a wood base and 3D printed, non-toxic manufacturing material.

The additive material used for raised ADA required braille, lettering, and pictograms is directly fused to the wood sign base. Because no adhesive is used, printed sign content will never separate or fall off.

Visit our Green Buildings and LEED page to learn more about our sourcing of raw materials and material ingredients.

After a decade of success in a traditional sign and graphics business, we fully realized the negative impacts of plastic based facilities signage. We decided that it was time to make sustainable signage, and started with office ADA and wayfinding signs.

With intensive trial and error, we developed a patent pending, low-waste manufacturing technique. Wood and sawdust waste from sign blank production is biodegradable and 3D printing of raised ADA compliant signage content creates almost no waste.

To reduce our environmental impact, Green Dot Sign® uses cardboard boxes, paper-based filler, starch packaging peanuts, and paper-based tape for sign packaging and shipping.

All orders of standard sized signs ship for free to U.S. destinations via UPS ground shipping for the 48 continuous states, and USPS for HI and AK.

sustainable signs and how to hang themGreen Dot Sign’s sustainable signs are prepared for installation via one of two methods. Our preferred method uses biodegradable wood pegs and eco-friendly caulking compound to mount a sign. Alternatively, a sign can be secured with adhesive foam tape. 

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

Detailed written instructions are shipped with our ADA signs, and an Installation Guide is available through our Resources Center dropdown menu.

Beautiful Green Dot signs are meant to last for a long time. Eventually, however, every facility is remodeled.

All of our signs are eligible for our take-back program. Upon being shipped back to us, raised braille, lettering, and pictograms are planed off the sign base and disposed of responsibly. The wood base is shredded and recycled as animal bedding, afterwards applied as fertilizer at a local farm.

Go to our Green Buildings and LEED page for more on our end of life signage recycling program.