D|Fab is dedicated to sustainability in the way we design, fabricate, and conduct our operational processes.Our goals are to reduce D|Fab’s and our D|Fab clients’ environmental impacts by providing straightforward strategies for informed, sustainable store designs, signage, 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

Recycling

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.

Elevate Your Brand, Amplify Sustainability

Where do we go from here?

Retail is undergoing an unprecedented transition. Brand commitments to sustainability and social issues are essential for addressing today’s global challenges, building a positive reputation, and remaining competitive in an evolving business landscape – contributing to a more ethical and sustainable future for both businesses and society as a whole! We are dedicated to help navigate the path to retail sustainability, one step at a time.

Here’s how we can help you with a big part of your environmental commitments:

  • Extensive Research: We’ve delved deeply into alternative materials, particularly targeting the most unsustainable elements within our industry.
  • Proven Craftmanship: half a century of manufacturing with reclaimed, recycled and up-cycled materials – giving a second (and creatively envisioned) life!
  • Extensive Roster of New Equipment: Going beyond material knowledge – we are innovating from the best yield of material, to how it is built, shipped and installed.
  • Our active involvement with industry leaders and renowned designers through associations like Shop! and IRDC keeps us at the forefront, enabling us to anticipate and embrace ethical and sustainable practices within the industry.

We’ve been working consistently with some of the most forward thinking clients in the industry – and we are ready for this pivotal shift.

design | make | install – authentically.