School year starts with funky new life for old advertising billboards
“Not only are the kids starting the new school year with colourful new equipment but we are benefitting the environment by recycling this material and creating jobs.
“There is a massive positive ripple effect on jobs and skills development as the Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre, which employs out-of-work women from across Gauteng, is being taught how to recycle the material and produce all the merchandise for our supplier Black Brain.
“But the best part is the excitement on the children’s faces. We have provided them with the type of school items that more privileged pupils take for granted.
Letswalo says BP has identified three schools for the first Ads to Bags donation in the three major cities. In addition to Makhoroane in Soweto, pupils at Sukuma Primary School in Umlazi (Durban) and Injongo Primary School in Khayelitsha (Cape Town) will all start the school year in style.
Consumers can get involved by helping BP select schools to benefit from the campaign from a list which will be posted on the BP website. For more information about the Ads to Bags, visit bp.co.za and click on the “Environment and Society” tab on the BP website, or click here to visit the page directly.
Any brands which would like to donate their old billboards can contact the BP team via the tab on its website and BP will incur the cost of recycling their material on their behalf. Primedia and Black Brain have already taken up BP’s call and donated to the cause.
“It’s a great way to give your advertising a second life and, at the same time, have a positive impact on the life of others,” she said.