Portland Timbers Partner With Relan to Give Fans Unique Piece of History

In a recent press release, we announced our latest project with the Portland Timbers, Oregon’s Major League Soccer team. We gifted their most loyal fans with a small piece of Timbers’ history to start their 2015 season.

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Relan turned 12,000 square feet of old Timbers’ banners into document cases holding season tickets for members of their 2015 Axe Society.

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Social Change Nation Podcast – Interview with Kari Brizius, President of Relan (Part 2)

Kari Brizius President of RelanWe are back talking with Kari Brizius of Relan. Relan is the social enterprise that works to reduce waste by repurposing banners and billboards into promotional bags and accessories. Kari answers some question about some of the unique characteristics of Relan and sustainability before going through the lightning round Q & A’s.

Show Notes:

What is one Social Enterprise that we should all check out?

What is one piece of advice you give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Do you research on what you think you believe in and then follow your heart

What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Yoga and anything with my kids

What is one book we should all start reading?

The first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world?

  • Stop talking about things and start taking any kind of action.

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Social Change Nation Podcast – Interview with Kari Brizius, President of Relan (Part 1)

This week we have a podcast guaranteed to be a lot of fun for anyone passionate about fashion, marketing, and up-cycling.

social change nationToday’s interview features Kari Brizius, a social entrepreneur helping to create a cleaner environment by up-cycling waste into fashionable, functional, and promotional tote bags.  Kari and her mom run a social enterprise called Relan, which means to reinvent fashion. Relan makes bags, backpacks, cases, and other products out of vinyl taken from old billboards and banners that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  Over 600,000 tons of vinyl is manufactured each year for billboards alone.  Relan is more than a bag company doing sales in boutique stores, but they instead use their unique product to help other business be champions of sustainability. They partner with business to take their old billboards and banners and up-cylce them into custom bags to give out at conferences, trade shows, or as a part of promotional campaigns. By doing this Relan is able to promote the clients brand as well as sustainability.

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Green Sports News And Notes: Waste Management Phoenix Open Somehow Gets Greener

Originally posted on GreenSportsBlog:

We here at GreenSportsBlog love the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It is Zero Waste. It is the model for greening all golf tournaments. Plus they have a caddie race during the actual tournament (more on that later). And now, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is getting even greener. 

How can the Waste Management Phoenix Open get any greener? It’s already Zero-Waste. In fact, the best attended tournament (500,000+ fans annually) on the PGA Tour has diverted 100% of its waste from landfill in 2013 and 2014, via recycling, composting and waste-to-energy programs. You read that right: 100% diversion from landfill!

So, we ask again: How can the greenest golf tournament in the US get greener? By water conservation/restoration, that’s how! According to a story in yesterday’s Environmental Leader, the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, which takes place Jan 25-Feb 1, will sponsor Change The Coursea “first-of-its kind water…

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VIDEO: Effort to help California social entrepreneurs create more impact grows

Originally posted by California Economic Summit

There’s a growing category of businesses looking to make money while saving the world. Rather, they look to have some sort of social or environmental impact while running a business and providing jobs. They’re called for-benefit or part of the “fourth sector.” If you’re looking to get into the sector, good news: There’s an effort underway in California to make it easier to do good while doing business.

Last week in Los Angeles, the Summit co-hosted an event covering the impact economy, including brainstorming ideas about how to help for-benefit companies startup and grow in California and also discussing the benefits of using the innovative “Pay for Success” model to fund government programs and projects.

Calling it “Growing the Impact Economy in California,” the Summit’s Capital Action Team co-hosted the event with the White House’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. Since for-benefit companies don’t fit in the same category as a for-profit or nonprofit, there are a number of barriers to starting up and growing through capital investment.

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Green Sports News And Notes: Rugby Makes Its GSB Debut

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Rugby makes its first appearance in this space, the University of Colorado Athletics Department gets even greener (they were pretty green already!), and the first ever solar bike lane goes live. All in all, a lively Green Sports News & Notes for a Thursday. Let’s get to it!


The Cardiff Blues of the Guiness Pro 12 league have added a green “3rd” jersey to their standard blue home and away kits. Why? The green jerseys are a result of a new sponsorship with DS Smith, a London-based packaging and recycling company. Underneath the sponsor’s logo (corporate sponsor presence on jerseys is commonplace in sports everywhere but in the US/Canada) is the tagline “Turning The Blues Green”, which encourages fans of the Welsh club to live more sustainably. In an interview with World Rugby Shop, Tim Price, Marketing Director at DS Smith shared that “the launch of…

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Giving Vinyl a New Life, with Kari Brizius of Relan

Originally Posted on FreshRag

Relan has a unique business model because they don’t sell anything direct to consumers. They’re a B2B business that takes vinyl materials from companies that do billboard and banner advertising, makes products out of that vinyl, and then sells the products back to the original company. The companies then use those items as promos, trade show giveaways, or sell them in their own shops. The point of it the business model is to make businesses accountable for their waste, and do something with it other than put it into a landfill.

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