Sustainable Retail Signage


  • Kohl’s, one of the world’s top discount retailers, needed to update some of the athletic apparel signage in its stores.
  • Previous signs were made from traditional materials and were very heavy to handle and install.
  • Kohl’s sought a solution made from lighter weight, sustainable materials.


  • The Acrylic Design Associates team recommended using Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) for the sign frames.  ACM features a recycled core, making it lighter and more sustainable than other materials.
  • Recrylic® certified recycled acrylic was used for the manufacturer logos – which were created as push-through illuminated letters and shapes.  Recrylic was also used for the custom-built light-guide panels that distribute light evenly throughout the signs.
  • Energy-efficient LEDs were used to provide maintenance-free lighting with minimal electricity use.
  • Rather than printing lengthy installation instructions, Acrylic Design provided a 1-page sheet with QR codes linking directly to online instructions and videos – further reducing the project’s carbon footprint.


  • Acrylic Design produced more than 2,200 signs, with different versions for Under Armour, Adidas and Nike.
  • Using Recrylic in place of virgin acrylic reduced fossil fuel use by 86%.  This avoided more than 150 tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of taking 30 cars off the road for a full year.
  • The new signs are not only 100% recycled, but also recyclable, helping create a sustainable life cycle.
Designers working on 3D engineering drawings

What can we build for you?

Partner with us to transform your retail spaces with sustainable, lightweight solutions. For Kohl's, we created athletic apparel signs using eco-friendly materials like Recrylic® and energy-efficient LEDs, significantly reducing CO2 emissions. Our innovative designs not only meet but exceed sustainability goals, providing you with attractive, maintenance-free signage. Let's make your project a success.