Working with Relan, a company in Mendota Heights, Minn., that upcycles used vinyl banners into unique bags and other products, Reef Redemption Project saved 5,000 square feet of vinyl from disposal. Relan transformed the Reef Hawaiian Pro banners into soft-sided coolers, iPad cases and grocery totes.
Relan takes vinyl billboards and banners that usually end up in landfills and turns them into products that companies and nonprofits can give away at conferences and events or sell in their gift shops. Relan’s owner Della Simpson describes the process of reusing the material as “upcycling” because it repurposes rather than recycles content.
Museums and Sports Teams can’t bear to throw away their banners – thanks to Relan, they don’t have to
~by Steven Mollman, Minnesota Business Magazine January Edition
SMART MOVE: Staying out of retail, serving corporate clients. Relan decided that to really make an impact on the amount of banners and billboards put into the landfills, the business model needed to change from a retail focus to a wholesale focus on the big corporate contributors. Through new relationships with associations like the Green Sports Alliance, Relan is growing their corporate presence and reaching larger audiences with a new way to reach target markets through repurposed banner and billboard products.
Relan is proud to be a finalist for the 2014 Community Impact Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine. This notable honor celebrates companies and individuals making the world a better place. Relan is nominated in the Sustainability Award category (recognizing Minnesota companies for offering their products or services in a way that’s better for the environment).
Each finalist will be profiled in the March 2014 issue of the magazine, and the winner of each category will be announced at Feb. 27 awards event in Minneapolis
We have been inspired by our clients this year and have decided to offer some of our most in demand products to our clients for our first time ever Special Holiday Gift Promotion.
This is the first time ever that Relan is offering these products in this way and when they are gone . . . the are gone forever!
Each product is a limited edition, upcycled vinyl Relan offering, with an exclusive Relan label stating “one of a kind handmade from an actual banner or billboard”.
Here is the list of the “most in demand products” in this promotion:
• The Wicked – Women’s handbag
• The BRAND NEW Urban Tote – lightweight zippered tote
• The Noo-k-i Sleeve – Zippered Tablet Sleeve (think iPad, Tablet or Reader)
• The Non-Loser – Luggage Tag
• The Biz – Business Card Holder
All orders must be place by November 1, 2013 to ensure your product will arrive to you no later than December 13.