Environmentally speaking, PVC is not a good product, but nevertheless each year at General Assembly hundreds of banner carriers process in the opening ceremony carrying banner poles made of PVC pipe. Since they're cheap and easy to make (but quite bulky) I have to think that relatively few make it home for reuse. And it seems green issues are being taken seriously at GA this year.
Plus, I think they're pretty ugly, and a heavy (say, quilted) banner can be unwieldy given the banner pole's cantilevered yet slippery jointed design. Heck, even a draft in the plenary hall can make banners yaw wildly. Does anyone know of an alternative, either made or bought? It shouldn't be terribly expensive and should be reusable and able to fit in a piece of checked luggage.Please comment.
Current banner pole directions (PDF format)