Folks around the sign business are all a-buzz with the latest green technology keywords: Recycled is a big one, so is LED. The cost savings and ecological benefits of these techniques are plain to see. Recently, however, a new truly green sign was unveiled by the Coca-Cola Company.
Measuing 60 feet by 60 feet, the billboard helps rid the environment of pollutants by using recycled materials to cradle thousands of Fukien tea plants which filter the ambient air around the sign. “This billboard helps alleviate air pollution within its proximate areas as it can absorb a total of 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, on estimate.” says Botanish Anthony Gao. Each tea plant is capable of removing over 12 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year’s time. Of course, old Coke bottles were used as recycled planters for each of the 3600 plants.
Fed by drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation, the signage system utilizes a highly efficient watering system which also saves in needed fertilizer by allowing the water to slowly trickle down to the roots of the plants.
Now if only the energy produced by the Fukien tea plants could be used to power some LED lights, and shine the glory of eco-signmaking into the night, we would really be in green heaven. Until then, read the full story here, or call your friendly CNP Signs & Graphics representative for the next best thing to plant-powered signs.