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How Sustainable Are Neon Signs?

June 22, 2023 2 min read

Here at Neon Creations, we often get asked a number of questions about our authentic neon signs. As neon making experts, we’ve decided to create this blog post dedicated to explaining the sustainability of our neon signs, as well as answering these frequently asked questions too. 


Our neon signs are made to stand out and draw attention to an area of your home, business, or event. With that being said, sustainability is a big concern that many people have when it comes to buying one of our signs. Did you know that we also offer neon signs for hire? We’re happy to say that genuine neon doesn’t contribute as much to your carbon footprint as you might think, and here’s why.

What are neon signs made out of?

Traditional neon signs like the ones we make here at Neon Creations are made out of glass tubes and inert gases. Neon gas is used to create the classic red glow, and argon gas is used for a variety of other colours. When you’re designing your sign with us, you can choose from the40 different colours that we have available. 


Inert gases like neon do not react with other substances, which means they aren’t a threat to the environment on their own. The same is true with argon gas, there is no threat to the environment with either of these gases. 

How much does a neon sign cost to run? 

Did you know that the annual cost of running one of our signs is just £80 on top of your normal spendage? We worked out that if you run an average-sized sign for 10 hours a day for 7 days, it works out to be a decent £80 a year. When you think about it, that's just an extra 22p per day! Making running a neon sign an affordable thing to do.


Since running a neon sign won’t use up all your electricity and cost you an eye watering amount, we can say that they’re a great decorative choice to havewithin your home.

The great thing about our signs is their longevity too. Neon signs can last between 8-15 years before they stop working. This makes them a more sustainable option than the cheap alternatives that break easily. 

Can neon signs be recycled? 

Yes, neon signs can be recycled. Every component to a neon sign including the glass tubing, transformer, and wiring can be recycled into something new. So if your sign breaks, or you simply wish to dispose of it, you can do so in an eco-friendly way. 



For more information and to ask further questions, feel free tocontact the team at Neon Creations.