All businesses, no matter how big/small, generate waste. Larger companies with manufacturing plants often produce hazardous or toxic wastes. Smaller companies tend to produce less harmful waste. But, the waste paper or plastic marketing materials they produce are waste nonetheless. According to the EPA, waste generation costs businesses money.
Companies lose money in two ways when they generate large amounts of waste. First, they waste money by buying items (e.g., vinyl posters). Second, they waste money by throwing it all away for nothing. To prevent these losses and prevent waste generation, the EPA recommends the following steps –
- Avoid using products that contain toxic materials; for instance, reducing the amount of plastic packaging a business uses.
- Only buy durable, long-lasting marketing materials. For example, vinyl billboards and posters have shelf lives of 7-8 years.
- Implementing recycling or upcycling programs to throw away fewer materials.
Marketing materials like vinyl billboards or posters are durable. They contain no toxic materials. But, businesses often use them as single-purpose items. They’ll use billboard advertisements, only a few times before sending them to landfills. Thankfully, all marketing materials made of vinyl can be recycled, modified, or upcycled.
What is Upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of adding new uses and value to items that are no longer deemed usable. For example, vinyl posters and billboards are made for advertising purposes. With upcycling, users can convert these items to serve different purposes. It’s not possible to upcycle all items. But, vinyl billboard ads or posters can be upcycled.
They can be easily converted into durable vinyl tarps. Users can amass several pieces of their non-recyclable vinyl posters or billboards and convert them into usable tarps. A vinyl tarp made from these recycled materials can be used the same way that other plastic-based tarps are. Here’s what users can do with these upcycled tarps –
- Use the tarps as agricultural coverings and protect plants, crops, or farm animals from the elements.
- Create protective floor coverings at large-scale events (e.g. sporting events, mass-scale construction sites, etc.)
- Create tents or overhead coverings at campsites or other outdoor events to avoid the risk of inclement weather.
- Covers for trucks, heavy machinery, vehicle storage, etc.
Why Your Company Should Create Recycled Vinyl Tarps
These recycled vinyl tarps essentially provide all the benefits that regular heavy-duty tarps offer. Weather protection, durability, water resistance, strength, and anti-corrosiveness are some of the qualities these tarps offer. But, why should businesses use upcycled billboard or poster tarps instead of buying new conventional tarps? Here are the reasons –
- Cut costs. Upcycled posters or billboard tarps don’t need to be newly produced. In most cases, vinyl posters or billboards don’t need much alteration to be converted into tarps. Hence, recycled tarps are typically much cheaper.
- Same quality. Tarps made of recycled or upcycled vinyl pieces offer the same strength, water resistance, and UV-resistance as conventional tarps.
- Waste management. Less demand for newly manufactured tarps is good for a company’s bottom line and its environmental sustainability goals.
Vinyl billboards and posters last for 10 years or more on average. Just by using these ultra-durable marketing materials, business owners positively contribute to the environment. Why not recycle or upcycle these durable materials to make them last longer!