SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAN: ALTERNATIVES TO FLEX AND VINYLS
The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi took a step ahead to ban the use of single-use plastics, during his speech at India’s 73rd Independence Day, he encouraged the Indian public to stop using plastic materials in their daily chores. This speech against plastics earned a lot of support from even opposition parties, which shows that a wide-ranging agreement is in place against the use of single-use plastics used in all kind of industries around India.
There is no doubt that in everyday life, plastics might offer a temporary & low-cost advantage, but pollution caused by the same single-use plastics cannot be overlooked.
It is being claimed that with the current rate of plastic disposal by 2050, 12 billion tons of highly toxic plastic waste will be infused with our soil and water bodies, leading to an involuntary transfusion of plastic into food chains of animals, marine, and humans which is definitely not good for the community and environment at the whole.
Therefore, Narender Modi’s call for an immediate halt on single-use plastics is a complete resolution for the rising plastic pollution in India.
What are Single-use Plastics?
Single-use plastic — any plastic-based item that is disposed off once used and cannot be reused can be tagged as single-use plastic. Tamil Nadu in 2019 became the 4th state in India to ban single-use plastics; Maharashtra was the very first one to implement the ban, followed by Telangana and Himachal Pradesh. Now almost all states have curbed the use of plastic bags. However, it is often misunderstood that the use of single-use plastics is limited to creating poly bags, but that is not the case.
Single-use Plastics in Banner and Hoarding Industry
Two of the most widely used single-use plastics in India are Flex and Vinyl which is used in the outdoor advertising industry. Due to the cheap cost of production and maintenance flex and vinyl has been very widely used in banners, front-lit and back-lit displays, outdoor hoardings, retail shop boards, exhibitions display, etc.
With the ban on single used plastics, it is very likely using flex and vinyl material in advertising sector will be ceased very soon, leading to a huge gap between demand and supply for flex and vinyl.
Sun Fabric’s Eco-friendly Fabric Solutions: Eco-friendly Flex Substitute
Multiple organizations have tried to develop eco-friendly materials to replace flex, however very few have succeeded to do so. The challenge here is to deliver material which shares the same uses as flex material, which is compatible with digital printing, can be used with various ink mechanisms (Latex, solvent, eco-solvent, etc.), have low maintenance, is seaming friendly, easy to store and transport, easy to apply, and last but not the least eco-friendly.
Therefore, to support the ban of plastic and serve the demand for a plastic-free flex substitute, Sun Fabric developed fabric-based materials which serves the same purpose as flex, moreover, it is much more durable compared to flex. Some of the key strengths of this new ready to print fabric material are mentioned below
Other than that the fabric allows customizable opacity, can be transparent or opaque, it is as flexible as flex, shrinkage is second to none, low on maintenance making it a perfect choice to replace flex and vinyl-based displays.
Sun Fabric’s Printable Fabrics: Key Variants
Recyclable Polyester Range
Made up pf 100% Polyester, this fabric is recyclable and is designed for long term durability. Comes recommended for both outdoor and indoor displays.
1. PP 150 GSM | Matt and Gloss Canvas
2. PP 190 GSM | Matt, Gloss and Greyback Canvas
3. BL 200 GSM | Backlit Canvas
Application of Polyester fabric in display advertising:
This option for can used in Outdoor & Indoor banners, exhibitions, displays, backdrops, murals, signage, hoarding, standees, Flags, Boards, Banners, hoardings, front and backlit banners and Wallpapers.
Biodegradable Cotton Range
Apart from the PC 325 variant which is a Polycotton hybrid, all other variants are made up of 100% cotton and are 100% biodegradable,
1. BC 190 GSM | Matt, Gloss and Greyback
2. C 200 GSM | Gloss
3. PC 325 GSM | Gloss Polycotton Hybrid
Application of cotton-based printable fabrics in display advertising:
This option can be used for printing high-quality graphics, photograph reproduction, Fine Art, Painting, frames, and Wall décor.
Sun fabric Eco-friendly Fabric Applications
The ready to print fabric shares almost all the application of flex and vinyl-based materials, moreover the fabric has a lot more uses compared to PVC flex.The fabric has the advantage of wash-ability, durability, and are very lightweight compared to flex. The fabric material makes it easy to store and transport even after printing which eliminates the chance of glare or scratched finish destroying the banner’s general aesthetic.
The prime material coated on the fabric generates high-quality photographic images with a more professional finish and realistic display texture. This allows a sharper and brighter image to be printed on it.
Sun fabrics Fabric has a number of advantages over conventional PVC flex and vinyl-based displays. Some of the Key differences between flex and fabric are mentioned below,
- Much lighter compared to flex,
- Eco-friendly, recyclable creating zero pollution
- Easier to store and transport
- Easier to handle after printing
- Easy installation without causing damage to the prints
- Knit structure allows wind to pass through the banner reducing the wind load.
Overall, this fabric is fit for both long term and short-term use. The high durability, environmental friendliness and the capability allowing extremely complicated graphics with high-quality finish makes it the perfect choice for outdoor and indoor advertisements flex and vinyl alternatives.Wrapping it up, aligned with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision to curb the use of single-use plastics like flex, Sun fabric would like to support the initiative by offering our recyclable Polyester Fabric and Biodegradable Cotton Fabrics.
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