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Announcing, ECO-press

Thermoformed substrate composed of 100% post-consumer polymers, ECO-press is the substrate of the future…

Encompass Sign Systems announces the release of the first, fully sustainable, compression molded, ADA product line - ECO-press. The federally compliant ADA signs are made exclusively of 100% post-consumer recycled plastics and e-waste.


The 100% recycled plastic signs are ideal for any ADA environment and specifically suited for large-scale, higher education, governmental and corporate projects that are seeking LEED accreditation. The 100% recycled thermoformed product line can award credit in the USGBC, Building Design and Construction (BD+C), MR4c up to two points. For more information on LEED Specification for ECO-press, check out our Resources Page.


"The ECO-press products feature all of the new-age benefits of a thermoformed ADA sign to include high tensile strength, a low-cost price point, and full brandability…" says Isabelle Gomez, Sales and Marketing Specialist for Encompass Sign. "…thermoform signs are the fastest growing sign segment. The ECO-press line offers the additional benefit of communicating a positive message around responsibility and sustainability to those who will occupy the buildings as well as the surrounding communities."


To coincide with today's announcement, Encompass also released a complete pre-designed ECO-press sign family on their interactive website, 101400 Studio. Visitors to the site can view the individual 47 sign types and choose between different colorways to fit their customer’s brand identity.

Encompass Sign's 101400 Studio. 

Encompass Sign's 101400 Studio. 

Introducing Encompass Sign's 101400 Studio family, COLUMBIA. Featuring ECO-press and MSS (Modular Sign System).

Introducing Encompass Sign's 101400 Studio family, COLUMBIA. Featuring ECO-press and MSS (Modular Sign System).

Within the new sign family called, COLUMBIA, this new sign family integrates sustainable products with Encompass Sign’s Modular Sign System, MSS. The unique COLUMBIA line features 100% recycled plastic substrate, ECO-press, and MSS to demonstrate where the future of Higher Education Signage is going. Integrating ECO-press with modular components sets an example for future sign projects while allowing the end-user to easily change out, modify, move rooms along with their coordinating ADA signs.


To learn more about ECO-press and get an estimate on your next LEED sign project, visit us at or contact our Thermoform and ECO-press experts at and call 855.672.2201.

Check out our recent INOVYN Award for ECO-press product line here.

A Gold Timex to Photopolymer ADA Signage!

Thanks for your service to industry for the last 25 years. Photopolymer signs have been the predominant choice of designers for tactile ADA signage for a quarter of a century. Thankfully, at the inception of ADA legislation in the late 80’s and early 90’s photopolymer signs provided a standard process and uniform look for ADA signage. 

Without photopolymer ADA signs, designers in the 90’s would have chosen sub-standard, ineffective and random sign designs for their building environments. 

Before Beanie Babies, the World Wide Web, and before anyone understood the importance of branding…. photopolymer signs made it easier to outfit a building with ADA signs.  Even after the Japanese tsunami forced core prices to double, photopolymer signs remained the only good choice for designers. Thankfully, new technology has finally evolved. 

Thermoformed ADA signs give designers the creative latitude and durability that designers need to meet their client’s branding needs, at an appealing price point.  It’s no surprise that according to Dodge Analytics, “Thermoformed ADA signs” saw an increase of 237% in Specifications in 2016. Thermoformed signs are now universally acknowledged in Specs as an “approved equal” to photopolymer signs and that’s a big win for ADA thermoforming manufacturers. Those who really know about the differences between photopolymer ADA signs and thermoformed ADA signs are knocking clients off their feet with new ideas never available until now.

Photopolymer signs are still plenty viable.  There are over 3,000 sign-makers that still maintain their relationship with the two surviving raw material photopolymer providers. Machinery needed to produce these signs still exists and is almost free to get started; it’s the raw photopolymer material price increases to watch out for...  While Father Time and new technology may have caught up to photopolymers signs, their contribution and service to the industry over the last 25 years certainly must be treasured!   

To learn how to use this new thermoforming ADA technology and provide your design team a new design tool belt, durability and scalable branding offering, follow this link or simply contact us 763.270.4353

Heather M.:

About Encompass Sign Systems

Encompass Sign Systems specializes in thermoformed tactile signs and leading-edge directional and wayfinding systems. We provide designers and architects with highly scalable wholesale signage that have limitless branding capabilities and unsurpassed durability.