Going “Green” with NI2024 Conference Posters

Congratulations on your accepted poster for NI2024!

Perhaps you are starting to think of the best way to design your poster and get it printed regardless of using paper, fabric or other materials. You may also be thinking about the logistics of travelling with a conference poster and what you will do with the poster after the conference. In light of the upcoming Earth Day (April 22, 2024), we have some suggestions on how to make your poster a little more environmentally friendly. Have fun thinking of creative ways to reuse your posters!

Reduce

Paper posters
  • Choose water-based or vegetable-based (like soy) ink printing if it is an option for you.
  • Choose a recycled paper base if that is an option for you.
  • Optimize your design to reduce ink consumption through using lighter colors and avoiding large blocks of solid color.
  • Reduce ink consumption by selecting less dense graphics and fonts (for example: Ryman Eco, Eco font Sans, Courier, Century Gothic, Garamond and Brush Script).
  • Reduce paper waste by printing in a standard paper size offered by your printer.
  • Reduce waste by carefully checking an electronic proof before printing.

Recycle

All posters
  • Re-present your NI2024 conference posters at local and regional research days or conferences
  • Use them to show case student work during open houses for your institution
  • Offer to give them to another conference attendee who is interested in your work
Paper posters
  • Avoid lamination which makes it harder to recycle
  • Use the provided conference recycle bins if you are not going to take the poster home with you.

Reuse

Paper posters
  • Explore if they can be printed on the reverse side for another conference.
  • Donate them to folks with small children for coloring and crafting projects on the reverse side.
  • Cut them into smaller pieces, for taking notes in meetings.
  • Use them as wrapping paper.
Fabric posters
  • Turn your woven fabric (non-stretch) poster into a lap quilt. A 4’ x 6’ poster makes a good size for a lap quilt. If you are a quilter, you could create a quilt first that is also a research poster.
  • Make a tote bag from your woven fabric.
  • Consider using it as a table cloth (suitable for both stretch and woven fabrics).
  • Make clothing. Make sure the clothing pattern matches the type of fabric you have (stretch vs. non-stretch). A non-stretch fabric could make a great quilt coat, skirt or pair of pants. If you are really ambitious, you could make it into a button down shirt. For stretch fabrics, what about a tank top for that next students vs. faculty pick up basketball game? Apparently there are also companies out there that will do the hard work of making the clothing for you if you need help. If you are going to wear your recycled conference fashion pieces, you may want to consider putting QR code labels on it so folks can see what the original poster looked like and of course, check out your results.

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