Relan Bags Debut at Anaheim Ducks Team Store for NHL Green Week
March 2017

Teaming up to create a green St. Patrick's Day for the Anaheim Ducks, not only were there green initiatives throughout the game, but the Relan bags created from old banners from previous years events were debuted in the Team Store.  


Star Tribune
November 2016

Mendota Heights business finds new life for old banners.  Della Simpson and Kari Brizius are a mother-daughter duo who long dreamed of building a business around their passion for the environment and health.  Read more.

United - Ecoskies - Transforming Billboards Into Travel Gear
October 2016

At United, we aim to minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations and are continuously looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities. Relan shares the Eco-skies commitment to sustainability, which is why we chose to partner with them to help mitigate our waste product. These products are now available here: http://uafly.co/EcoskiesSwag

WCCO - CBS Minnesota
October 2016

Reusing and repurposing older items is a great way to save money and also be kind to the environment. Joining us now is ReUSE Minnesota Board Vice President Madalyn Cioci (cho-chee) and Board member Della Simpson who's also the CEO of Relan. (3:08)
WCCO Mid-Morning

Twin Cities PBS
March 2016

It's been 27 years since the state of Minnesota initiated ongoing funding for recycling programs ("SCORE" laws, 1989), and today there are hundreds of private businesses, like Relan and Vibrant Technologies, that use recycled materials to create new products.  David Gillette explains.


Relan featured in Organic Spa Magazine

Organic Spa Magazine
October 2015

Anyone who lives in a city, drives down a highway, goes to a stadium or attends a trade show ends up staring at billboards or banners that are printed on vinyl. The colorful in-your-face graphics can be distracting—or infuriating!—but they are certainly always eye-catching. Read more.

How sports are influencing sustainable business practices

How Sports are Influencing Sustainable Practices
July 2015

We sat down with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Portland Timbers and San Diego Padres to talk sustainability, the position sports teams are in to influence their massive audience, and how we can all live more environmentally-conscious lives.

Document cases made from repurposed Portland Timbers banners

Portland Timbers Partner With Relan to Give Fans Unique Piece of History
March 2015

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.

Social Change Nation Podcast – Interview with Kari Brizius, President of Relan (Part II)
March 2015

"We 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."

Social Change Nation Podcast – Interview with Kari Brizius, President of Relan (Part I)
March 2015

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


Kari and Della from Relan featured in Women of Distinction

Women of Distinction: Relan
December 2014

Mother and daughter Della Simpson and Kari Brizius had always wanted to work together. In 2011, their wish came true when they purchased Relan and finally became business partners. Relan, which means “reinventing fashion” began as a way to change the world by trying to eliminate the number of vinyl banners thrown into landfills each year.

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Effort to help California social entrepreneurs create more impact grows
November 2014

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.

Kari from Relan on Fresh Rag

Giving Vinyl a New Life, with Kari Brizius of Relan
November 2014

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.

Messenger bags made from Portland Timbers banners 

The GSB Interview: Kari Brizius, President of Relan, Upcycler of Stadium Signs and Banners
October 2014

Kari Brizius has an amazing story. Entrepreneur. In business with her mom. West Point grad. Athlete. Environmentalist. And, most relevant to GreenSportsBlog, President of Relan, a Minneapolis-based company that pioneered the “up-cycling” of stadium and arena signs and banners. GSB was pleased to speak with Kari about Relan, and more.

MINI USA tote bags made from repurposed MINI billboards

Relan Helps MINI USA Turn Largest Billboard Campaign Into Green Giveaways
October 2014

With MINI USA running its largest-ever marketing campaign in support of the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop, they are doing something unique and sustainable with the billboard marketing as it comes off display. With the help of Relan, a U.S. manufacturer of repurposed billboard and banner products, MINI is repurposing the ad campaign into fashionable, re-usable totes for each new MINI owner.

Lexus luggage tags made from repurposed Lexus billboards

Billboards given a “Second Life” at the Worlds Most International Bike Race
June 2014

Working with Relan, manufacturer of repurposed billboard and banner products, Lexus discovered how repurposing their billboards provides a creative marketing opportunity for sponsored events and spurs the discussion about sustainability, environmentally conscious practices and social responsibility. Adding another better business practice to their long list, Lexus, the Official Automotive Sponsor of Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, has partnered with Relan to create a unique give away for this year’s bike race in New York.

PRe vinyl tote bags made from repurposed billboards

Life Cycle Analysis of Relan’s Upcycled Vinyl Grocery Tote
May 2014

Thanks to PRé, who we met at the Sustainable Brands Conference in 2013 we now have proof that our Relan products stand out against the competition!  PRé completed an environmental impact assessment to help Relan find ways to further reduce impacts and improve customer communication.

Target wallets made from repurposed banners

Zero Waste Event Sponsored by Target -- Unite America in Service 2013
April 2014

The Target sponsored event, Unite America in Service, focused on green initiatives including partnering with Relan to repurpose the event banners into gifts for the volunteers and non-profit organization partners. 

Insulated coolers made from repurposed Reef banners

REEF Hawaiian Pro surfing event banners bail on the landfill, find a 2nd wave in life
April 2014

The Reef Redemption, Project has partnered with Relan, manufacturer of repurposed billboards and banners, to create a line of sustainable bags and accessories using banners from the 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro, an Association of Surfing Professionals Prime surfing competition. 

Della from Relan showing a Minnesota Twins purse made from repurposed vinyl

Finance & Commerce: Sustainable: Relan turns billboards and banners into bags
March 2014

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.


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Finalists announced for 2014 Community Impact Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine
December 2013

Relan is proud to be a finalist for the 2014 Community Impact Awardsby 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).

Della from Relan speaking in a video for the Sustainable Brands 2013 Conference

 Della Simpson, Relan’s CEO, provides overview of Relan at SB ’13 Conference
July 2013

Relan’s Della Simpson discusses the many ways companies can use Relan products to promote their CSR efforts, and new technologies that she’s excited about. This interview took place on June 6, 2013, at the Sustainable Brands 2013 Conference.