Leach in the running for ‘Green company of the year’
After months of environmental-led innovation behind the scenes at Leach’s 30,000sqft HQ, we are delighted to announce that we are in the running for ‘Green Company of the Year’.
The prestigious news comes as the Print, Design & Marketing Awards reveals the shortlist for their 2019 roll-call of the industry’s finest talent. We now have a nervous wait to learn who will pick up the ultimate accolade at the winners’ ceremony on 20 June.
Committed to delivering sustainable solutions for clients in the retail, heritage, sports, events and commercial interiors sectors – to name just a few – we have continued to push the boundaries of what is possible, when it comes to wow factor displays.
As a 127-year-old-company, we’ve long been determined that impactful graphics should not be to the detriment of the environment. Our lightboxes utilise LED lights for energy-efficiency, for example, and our quick-change magnetic Stik Wallpaper won the Queen’s Award for Innovation, for its ease of transport and reusability.
But at the heart of this award entry, we showcased two of the newest solutions in our product portfolio – Eco-Screen and Leach Box.
Eco-Screen is our latest HD fabric graphic product, made from textiles composed of 100% recycled yarn. It can be used for all back-lit displays with no reduction in photographic/illumination quality, and when the graphic needs updating, the fabric can be returned to Leach for onward recycling. This ‘return to base’ model means the solution is completely circular. With two recycled plastic bottles required to produce 1m² of Eco-Screen, a staggering 2.29 tons of CO2 are saved for every ton of plastic bottles salvaged.
The carbon footprint benefits are further maximised when the Eco-Screen is used on our new Leach Box – a revolutionary ultra-bright illuminated display product which uses a flexible lightsheet as the LED backboard, instead of a rigid dibond back. Consequently, it can be rolled up and transported in a recycled tube, in a car rather than larger vehicles. Power consumption is reduced by up to 30% thanks to technology-controlled sensors, all constituent materials are 100% recyclable, and the return-to-base option closes the loop on this product too.
Commenting on the news, Leach’s client services director Suzanne Pitcher said: “We’re extremely committed to continuous improvement, and from an environmental perspective, knew we could do even more – not just to satisfy our own eco-conscience, but to reduce clients’ carbon footprint too. We were aware from ongoing dialogue with our customers that their CSR consciences are mounting, so our innovation team made it their mission to instigate change.
“Our ‘green’ stance is a key part of who we are – it is integral to our business. But to be externally recognised for our efforts – and on such a big stage – makes everything doubly worthwhile.”