Can you create an environmentally friendly exhibition stand?

It’s 2019, and the majority of us wouldn’t go into a coffee shop without a reusable cup, or ask for a plastic straw from a restaurant anymore.

Small changes can make a big difference.

Can the same apply to an exhibition or event? We’ve all seen the pictures on build-up day where cardboard and bubble wrap fills the walkways, each of which can be recycled. 

But what about the exhibition stands themselves?

How many businesses specify custom stands for a single event and then dispose of the components afterwards? You’d be surprised how common this is.

There’s a better way. 

One that can save you money and help to protect the environment from more equipment going into landfill.

The first step is to go modular

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Modular stands get a bad rap as a result of what they looked like in a former life. Gone are the days of bulky silver beams surrounding a shell scheme stand. 

Display specialists, such as ourselves, have been developing new methods of implementing the most engaging display systems with modularity at heart. 

Whether that’s creating full-wall graphics displays with integrated illumination, or adding ‘floating’ product displays that save on floor space, modular doesn’t mean boring.

What’s more, it can actually help form the basis of your stands for years to come. With a bit of clever design you can reconfigure your display for many different sized spaces. This can work wonders in conjunction with exhibitions that are planned in advance, as you then know the spaces your stand needs to fit and can design in accordance.

Where there’s modularity, there’s aluminium

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Modularity usually means aluminium is involved


Well for starters aluminium is incredibly lightweight, in fact it’s around a third of the weight of steel. It’s also incredible strong, which is great for exhibition stands that are carried around to different venues.

It’s also great for creating custom finishes.

While aluminium can be supplied untreated, giving it an architectural look & feel, it is easily finished in a whole host of custom designs. Whether that’s a particular colour, or a more intricate design such as a wood finish, there are a host of options when working with aluminium.

And finally, it’s easy for manufacturers to repurpose your existing aluminium display.

Because it isn’t as hard as other popular metal components, it’s much easier to work with from an engineering perspective, making reworking existing materials much easier.

However, the main benefit of using aluminium within an environmentally friendly exhibition stand is that it’s wholly recyclable. Considering that 75% of the aluminium that’s ever been produced is still in use today, aluminium is an incredibly eco-friendly choice for exhibitors.

Reuse elements 


With aluminium as the primary aspect of an exhibition stand, it’s important the rest of the displays follows suit in terms of reusability. 

The most common integration within aluminium stands is a fabric display system, which takes advantage of a channel within the aluminium profile itself to hold a graphic in place. 

The fabric itself is often made using polyester, which itself is manufactured from recycled materials such as bottles and plastics. For extra eco-friendliness, most fabrics are printed using water-based inks, which reduces the toxins that can be released when working with other dyes.

Eco-friendly exhibition stands

There are benefits to both the environment and businesses when it comes to ensuring your exhibition is eco-friendly. By designing responsibly from the outset, you can get a longer-lasting exhibition stand that delivers return on investment, whilst using materials that are sustainable.

For more information on our exhibition stand design, manufacture and installation services, contact our exhibitions expert, Tom, on 01932 854 140 //