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Archive for April 15th, 2008

What happens to recycled vinyl banners?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

As we previously reported, Raleigh’s green printer is a collection site for old vinyl banners. But what becomes of them once we deliver them to Whole Foods for recycling? Inquiring minds want to know, so we talked with Carrie LeChevallier to find out what the latest use for them is. Turns out, Carrie has partnered with a local craftsperson to have them made into outdoor pillows!

The vinyl is nearly weatherproof and highly water resistant, so it makes a great fabric for outdoor cushions and pillows. The filling is a natural water-resistant material from Central America called “Kapok.” The plan is for the pillows to be available for ordering online and will range in price from approximately $50-$125, depending on size. Barefoot Press will keep you posted here when the site is up and running.

Bring your banners to our Pershing Rd. location any time – they can be left on the loading dock after business hours. Thanks to Carrie and Whole Foods for supporting green printing and eco-friendly re-use practices.

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