D|Fab is dedicated to sustainability in the way we design, fabricate and how our operational processes are conducted.  Our goals are to reduce D|Fab’s, and D|Fab’s client’s, environmental impact by providing straightforward strategies for informed, sustainable store designs, signage and décor products and installation services.

Sustainable Design Solutions

  • Create spaces that incorporate sustainable material & finishes and energy efficiency, such as:
    • No or low VOC paint specifications
    • Flooring, tile, laminate and other specifications that incorporate recycled content, recyclable or renewable materials
    • Low voltage, energy efficient LED lighting
  • On-staff LEED AP assist D|Fab’s clients achieve their sustainable design goals.
  • Communicating our client’s green initiatives to their customers through eco-friendly graphics

Sustainable Materials & Fabrication 

  • D|Fab is continually working to reduce our use of non-renewable resources and minimize the environmental impact by finding and testing green alternatives for the following materials:
  • Substrate alternatives that use recycled content or are 100% recyclable, like paper board sheets, recyclable resins and metals
  • Substrates, adhesives, paints and printing inks that do not contain volatile compounds like VOC’s and formaldehyde
  • Energy efficient LED lighting components for illuminated decor like backlit and LED neon graphics
  • D|Fab uses manufacturing techniques and prepress layout processes that optimize material yields
  • Proper disposal of waste products such as paints and inks

Installation & Fulfillment

  • D|Fab has initiatives to reduce the impact of packaging, emissions and fossil fuel use, and improving job site air-quality through practices addressing:
  • Shipping is scheduled to maximize full backhaul opportunities an bulk shipments to D|Fab. Shipping is routed to efficiently deliver to reduce cost, fuel and emissions.
  • Packaging for minimal use of materials, including the use of an automated box maker that minimizes cardboard waste
  • Installation methods and use of Low or No VOC Adhesives


D|Fab has a robust recycling program that diverts all recyclable industrial and office waste from landfills.  D|Fab employees have been educated in proper recycling habits and designated recycle areas ensure easy access to receptacles. D|Fab works with a reputable, local recyclers to handle the various materials.

  • Paper, plastic, foam, PVC, metal & cardboard recycling throughout the office and plant
  • All cardboard is baled on site
  • Computer equipment, batteries, and cell phone recycling
  • Wood pallets are recycled for use in packaging
  • Outdated materials are sent to local non-profit Art & Scraps, who uses recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities, think learn and create
  • Donations of unused materials to Habitat for Humanity (for repurposing in residential buildings)

Building Systems

  • D|Fab maximizes the use of daylight and energy efficient lighting systems throughout the facility, including skylights, LED lighting and switching off lights when rooms are not in use
  • HVAC is handled with programmable thermostats and air quality is constantly monitored for VOC levels. The manufacturing area has properly ventilated spaces and forklifts are not permitted to idle.