I was lucky enough to get a comment from the NYIGF on some of the concerns I wrote about in this post .
If you haven't seen it, here is what was said:
Thank you for your comments, and participation in the New York International Gift Fair. We appreciate the hard work (and expense) you invest in creating a dynamic booth display.
With the hope of answering some of your questions…
Foam board provided at GLM-managed tradeshows at NYC's Javits Center is flame resistant. As there is only one US manufacturer of flame resistant foam board, costs related to production and meeting EPA standards are high. Additionally, Javits Center union labor charges - for installation and removal of each panel - are included in the price per board. (Of note, Georgia is a right-to-work state, in which unions are not required.)
Regarding booth carpets at GLM-managed events at Javits: after four uses, 60% is sent to Mexico for reuse by needy families; 10% is reused by dolly manufacturers; 30% is not recycled (but they’re working on it). Aisle carpet is saved and 100% is reused/recycled at our insistence.
We are looking forward to a great show in August! In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
Cate Salvatore, on behalf of the NYIGF
The timing was perfect, and the information pertinent as we are presently talking with 2 fire retardant companies about toxicity levels and product specifications/ details in terms of just this subject...stay tuned...this is getting really good!... How great would it be if exhibitors could get all they need to make a fabulous booth direct from show producers at affordable pricing? I say it would be win win! agree?