How Repurposed Banners can be used for Fundraisers

We love to recognize organizations take who the time to do something beneficial for the environment. Because they do everything on a larger scale, they also have the potential to make a larger impact on the environment, and that’s why we’ve made it our mission to help organizations become more sustainable.

We’d like to introduce you to a high school in California that puts into practice what they teach.

Urban School of San Francisco

Urban was founded by Bay Area parents in 1966 and started with just twenty two students but today has grown to a student body of more than 400. Even though the times have changed, their founding philosophy has remained the same.

The Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, independent high school with a mission to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire their students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education.

Urban has always been at the forefront of educational excellence, pioneering innovations such as block scheduling, a nationally regarded service learning program and a 1:1 student laptop program.

The Urban School of San Francisco instills a consciousness of social justice, an ethic of citizenship and a commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom, locally and globally.

50 Year Celebration

Christa Bon Sims, Assistant Director of Stewardship and Special Events at the Urban School of San Francisco, reached out to Relan to inquire how they could repurpose the school’s “50 Years of Igniting Passion for Learning” promotional banners for their upcoming celebratory 50th Anniversary event.


Upcycled Auction Items

Urban sent us their banners and we quickly went to work cleaning and cutting the materials to create two styles of bags, the Urban Tote and Saddle Bags for the Urban at 50: Solid Gold auction.


There were two ways to support the Urban School of San Francisco. Items could be purchased through an online auction, which ran from March 20-28, and they could also bid on items in person at the silent auction that took place on March 25th at The Mark Salkind Center.

Auction items ranged from vacation getaways to donated items which included upcycled bags from Relan.


Because Urban is a private and self-supporting high school, items purchased at the auction will benefit the school’s financial aid program which provides assistance to students who have demonstrated need.

The upcycled bags helped raise money for the school’s financial program and the auction winners ended up with a piece of the school’s history that no one will ever be able to replicate!

This is truly a win-win situation for the school, the kids, the auction winners, and the environment!

3 Steps to Upcycling Banners

Even though these bags are gone, your organization can create custom, one-of-kind products that communicate your unique brand story just like the Urban School of San Francisco did!

Here’s how:

#1 - Contact us to start the conversation. We can help you begin the customization and design process or to discuss an idea that you already have in mind. Just because it’s not on our product page list doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

#2 - Send us your materials so we can start creating your new upcycled products! If you don’t have your own materials but are still on a mission to be eco-friendly, let us know. Often, we can provide the materials and use your company logo on the products and label.

#3 - We will ship your final custom upcycled products to you. The more products we can create together using existing materials, the more waste we can keep out of our landfills and the more we can positively impact our environment and planet to tell your sustainability story.

Relan Wrap Up

We are on a mission to build a more sustainable future and are committed to partnering with you so that you too can make an impact through custom upcycled products.

Looking ahead on your calendar, do you need items for a fundraiser or event? Learn how we can make your next gathering unforgettable by adding a sustainable wow factor by contacting us today!

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Kari Brizius is President of Relan and is a West Point Graduate, certified personal trainer, US Army Veteran, and a wholehearted entrepreneur. Kari’s passion for the environment, the planet, and healthy living fuels her entrepreneurial spirit. Her mission is to provide thought leadership on sustainability initiatives surrounding healthy living, the environment and sustainability messaging.