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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Cobas

Sustainable Cruise Printing: Cardboard vs. Foamboard and Beyond

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Sustainable Cruise Printing

The choices we make in printing materials can profoundly impact not only the environment but also the longevity and quality of the final product. In our commitment to sustainable printing practices for the cruise and hospitality industry, Hola Ink encourages the use of eco-conscious materials, today we will spotlight the choice between cardboard and foamboard, among others. So, let’s talk about what the materials are that you want to avoid and the ones that are winners in our book!

The Environmental Implications: Cardboard vs. Foamboard

“We need a poster for a meeting!” Seems like a simple ask, but we price ourselves on asking better questions. Consider a simple yet powerful choice: cardboard or foamboard? The consequences of this decision are substantial, stretching from the duration of material breakdown to its environmental footprint. As the ocean is the home of much of our business - cruise - we want to ask, even when a client resists.

Cardboard, a renewable and biodegradable material, stands as a champion of eco-friendliness. But why? When a cardboard poster or display reaches the end of its life cycle, it takes a mere two months to decompose. In stark contrast, vinyl, a common alternative, can linger in landfills for up to 500 years. Yes you heard that right 500 years. This stark contrast underscores the significant role that material selection plays in our collective carbon footprint. This information helps our clients make informed decisions and that $4 more doesn’t seems so bad.

Moreover, the eco-conscious choice of cardboard doesn't mean we are printing on an Amazon box. Time have changed and you to not have to equate compromising quality or durability. You can expect the same level of excellence from cardboard materials while contributing to a greener future. Sure the edge may be a bit rougher, but the story and impact to the environment is worth it.

Beyond the Choice: Sustainable Substrates

The cardboard vs. foamboard choice represents just one facet of our broader commitment to sustainable substrates. At Hola Ink, we constantly explore innovative materials that not only meet your high-quality standards but also align with our eco-conscious values. From biodegradable plastics to recycled papers, our selection of sustainable substrates provides you with diverse options to reduce your environmental impact. While roll vinyl is slightly behind, it is evolving. We are pushing clients towards fabrics vs vinyls and continually watching the evolution of the rolled material market for new, trending, quality items.

A Visit to Hola Ink: Witness Sustainability in Action

Stepping into our print shop is an experience unlike any other. Unlike facilities filled with the acrid scent of toxic inks, our shop welcomes you with fresh air and a commitment to eco-friendly printing. Witness how sustainable practices and investments in cutting-edge technology can coexist harmoniously to deliver stunning, environmentally responsible print products. This is the right thing to do for our employees, for our clients and for the planet. And we plan on being here for the long run.

Join the Sustainability Movement

In a world where every action counts, choosing eco-friendly materials isn't just a trend; it's a commitment to a sustainable future. At Hola Ink, we invite you to join us in this movement toward responsible printing. Together, we can print a greener, safer, and more sustainable tomorrow.

Contact us to explore our range of sustainable materials and embark on a journey toward a greener future with Hola Ink.


Ready to get green?

Our team has over 100 years of experience in the cruise industry working both shipboard and shoreside. If you want more information on our services, please reach out to us!


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