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Remember Me Green

Upcycled Billboards Blog

  • Remember Me Green’s Eco-Fashion Products Featured on The View

    RMG Featured on The View's View Your Deal

    These are recycled bags made from billboards right here in New York. These durable bags are great for carrying necessities…, running errands, [the] beach, [and] trips this summer. They weigh nothing, and they carry everything!

    The View

    Hot off the heels of Earth Day, The View featured several of Remember Me Green’s eco-fashion products on its April 27th show.

    A daily talk show, The View offers an interesting perspective on up-and-coming trends, as well as lifestyle advice. We are grateful for this meaningful exposure, which we believe will highlight the importance and accessibility of upcycled garments and accessories.

    Remember Me Green intends to continue enabling people everywhere to adopt a cleaner, more sustainable lifestyle as we progress further into the movement for climate change reforms.

    We are proud to have received this media attention, but more importantly, excited for the sustained impact it will have on our planet’s well-being!

  • InTouch With What's Hot: Upcycled Accessories

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    RMG Featured in inTouch Magazine

    A bag that's good-looking and good for the environment? Yep! Remember Me Green's totes (like the $80 Hampton Medium Sparkling Tote, pictured) are made of vinyl taken from old NYC billboards. (Prices vary, remembermegreen.com)

    What's Hot in inTouch Weekly

    InTouch is a weekly magazine that features news on celebrities, lifestyle, gossip, relationships, and more! Their latest fashion feature on What's Hot included the Remember Me Green's Hampton Sparkling Tote!

    The ever-growing green movement has been supported by celebrities, fashionistas, and everyday accessory wearers alike. We are proud to be featured for our upcycled accessories, and for our environmentally friendly contribution to the fashion world!

  • Vote for Jillian & Remember Me Green

    Over the past few years, sustainable fashion companies have developed a loyal following of eco-conscious individuals, including many celebrities. Remember Me Green wants to keep that momentum going by making our environmentally friendly tote bags available to everyone. To do that, we need your help.

     

    What is the Tory Burch Foundation?

    The Tory Burch Foundation is a philanthropic organization that gives women with powerful ideas the resources they need to bring these dreams to fruition. Created by Tory Burch, this foundation arms female entrepreneurs with valuable networking opportunities and access to financial resources.

    With your vote, Remember Me Green can continue to gain exposure, learn how to better market and promote our product, and change the world one tote bag at a time.

    Vote for Jillian Now Thru April 3rd

    Voting is easy!

    1. Click here to navigate to Jillian’s page on the Tory Burch Foundation website.
    2. Click on the “Vote” button on the left side of the page.
    3. Enter your email address and click vote!

    Each email address is permitted one vote per day, so please vote as often as possible to help us maximize our chances! The polls are open from now through April 3rd!

    Vote Now

    Why Vote for Jillian: Remember Me Green’s Eco-Story

    Like all eco-friendly products, it started with an idea. Why not put old billboards-- which advertising agencies dispose of after their ads become dated-- to use?

    Remember Me Green’s CEO and founder, Jillian Brown, created a few sample tote bags using recycled billboards. After an overwhelmingly positive reaction from friends and family, she knew she was onto something.

    Since 2012, Jillian has worked tirelessly to perfect a product that would be both convenient and fashionable for consumers, and beneficial to the environment. She has also worked tirelessly to diversify her product selection, which now features zipper pouches and wine bags. No two bags are alike, and each helps consumers to carry a piece of NYC with them.

    In the beginning, Remember Me Green operated only as an ecommerce store. With continued support from loyal customers and environmental enthusiasts, several fashion retailers have recognized the importance of sustainability and environmental awareness, adding our products to their selection. Our goal is to continue building this exposure, and make more customers aware of this option.

    With support from the Tory Burch Foundation, we can pursue these goals.

    How Will We Use This Opportunity?

    From here, we hope to become an industry-recognized brand. We want to demonstrate to consumers everywhere that the environmental choice is the stylish choice.

    Financial Support

    Capital from environmentally conscious investors would help us to create a profitable product, on a larger scale.

    Advice From Successful Business Leaders

    The chance to meet with other female entrepreneurs - including successful industry leaders - will help us to learn how to create a product that will last.

    Helping the Environment

    We want to be at the vanguard in the ongoing fight against climate change. Support from the Tory Burch Foundation will make this possible.

     
     
     

  • Brands & Celebrities Who Embrace Green Fashion

    Green fashion is gaining more popularity as more brands and celebrities in the industry join the movement. This has created more awareness to the consumer, leading to an increase in the demand for sustainable fashion. Currently, there are many stunning designs and trends that cater to all budgets. As a result, this has continued to promote the sustainable fashion industry.

    The fashion industry is already blazing hot with inorganic wearables while the earth is getting hotter literally. Eco-friendly fashion is good for the land and has supported the development of agriculture in a wide variety of aspects.

    In fact, this is perhaps the best way to reconcile the fashion industry with the fight against global warming, and most people want a share in it. The need for more materials to satisfy the growing demand for green fashion products has supported in increasing the land area with vegetation cover.

    Sustainable fashion also incorporates vintage pieces, used clothing, and handmade items in addition to the organic fabrics. Consumers can effortlessly acquire varying vintage patterns and shapes (hardly found in large chain stores) from thrift shops to transform the look of their wardrobes. Eco-friendly fashion wear is also easier to take care of, compared to fast fashion. Durability is another reason why more people love the green fashion products, particularly renewable fiber clothing.

    The Latest in Green Fashion Trends

    Creativity is perhaps the most interesting thing about fashion. Designers are always going beyond their limits to come up with products that satisfies a wide swath of consumers. A growing industry translates to more customers and the need for newer players with fresh ideas in the market. It also enhances competition, quality, and prices.

    Organic cotton has gained an amazing reputation over time. Designers and consumers are becoming eco-conscious therefore finding better materials than natural cotton to add versatility to the industry. It has been discovered that 16 percent of the insecticides released globally come from cotton farming. This explains the increasing demand for organic cotton.

    Recycled and disposed materials have been appearing with various designs in the green fashion industry. They require less energy during production and also, emit less waste. In addition, vintage prints and shapes from the 60s are being adopted in the push to grow the size of the eco-friendly fashion industry.

    Brands Making a Name in the Green Fashion Industry

    People Tree is a UK-based fashion brand that has decided to go all green with fashion. It is recognized as a pioneer in the sustainable fashion movement by both consumers and the fashion industry. They have been in the industry for over 20 years and have specialized in an extensive collection of products that range from easy-going yoga wear to lightweight organic cotton sundresses, jewelry, and accessories.

    Based in the United States, Everlane is another brand that deals with eco-friendly fashion. Their products range consists of clothes, shoes, and accessories. In addition to the products, consumers get stories on how their clothes are being produced. They use minimal modern aesthetics in their products, making them a favorite for their many customers.

    PACT Apparel produces mainly tees, underwear, and socks. They are a brand based in the United States and uses 100 percent organic cotton to for their super soft products. They go to great lengths to ensure high-quality clothing that makes their customers proud to wear them.

    Minna is an ‘Eco Luxe’ brand based in the UK that deals with the production of green wedding wear. They use organic, recycled and locally-produced fabrics in manufacturing their products. With their broad range of bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses and veils from Minna, wedding holders can now dress the whole party in sustainable fashion products, and not feel guilty for poisoning the environment.

    There is an extensive list of other brands that have joined the eco-friendly fashion movement globally and it’s growing. Some of them include:

    • Patagonia (USA)
    • Alternative Apparel (USA)
    • Fair Trade Winds (USA)
    • Mini Mioche (Canada)
    • Encircled (Canada)
    • Tribe Alive (USA)

    Celebs Promoting Sustainable Fashions

    Celebrities are some of the most influential elements when it comes to advertising and promoting fashion. Eco-friendly fashion has attracted some celebrities who have vowed to don sustainable fashion wear only and are always requesting their fans to follow suit. Topping the list of fashion icons is Emma Watson, who is also the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

    Watson has helped the People Tree brand in creating three collections made from organic and fair trade certified textiles. She also partnered with luxury designer Alberta Feretti to create a collection named Pure Threads, which is still in production. She once stated that she is always ready to work with any line that is ready to produce fair trade and organic fashion wear.

    Another celebrity, recognized for her contribution to the sustainable fashion industry, is Lauren Conrad. She is the co-founder of an online fair trade platform that retails handmade products picked from craft persons while in her travels to nations such as Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, Nepal, and India among others. The platform is called The Little Market, and it takes part in empowering artisans by giving them a broader audience to show their skills and the motivation to be more creative in their products. Everything is both interesting and unique.

    Stella McCartney is one of the most recognized eco-friendly designers in the fashion industry. You may have heard of her dad, Paul. She features sustainable and green practices such as employing organic fabrics, renewable energy to run stores and links up with other organizations that encourage ethical business processes.

    Other celebrities recognized for their contribution and influence in the green fashion industry include:

    • Christy Turlington Burns
    • Lauren Bush Lauren
    • Olivia Wilde
    • Rosario Dawson
    • Gwyneth Paltrow
    • Will.i.am

    People can no longer deny that green fashion is the way to go. It has more benefits than fast-fashion products and offers a broad range of goods for everyone. The latest trends in the eco-friendly fashion industry are also just the tip of the iceberg with much more to come as more designers and brands join the earth-friendly movement.


    Article by Katarina Lajtman from GoGreen

    GoGreen is an online guide for sustainable living and global green news. It reports on environmental topics that inspire readers to share and take action.

    Their mission is to shine light on the biggest issues in sustainability from eco-friendly technology to animal welfare, applaud companies taking steps towards greener practices, and support legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint, and discoveries in green energy.

  • Our Girls in Green

    It seems that everywhere you look these days, you can spot a trendy lady sporting one of our unique billboard bags. From the streets of New York City to the beach over the summer, our variety of upcycled tote bags are showing up all over the place. We’ve been lucky to catch some of our favorite girls on the go with RMG’s tote bags in action!

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    Gayle

    Here’s our Girl in Green Gayle modeling the Tiffany Tote in Melville, NY. Gayle has caught the design bug just like we did back in 2012. When she isn't busy spending time with her husband and daughters, she designs and sells her fantastic line of hand-made necklaces that are absolutely gorgeous. Follow her on Instagram at @jewelrydesignsbygayle.

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    Julia

    Here we have our friend Julia with one of our favorites, the Large Hampton Tote, at Industry City. Julia is the co-founder of Miakoda. Miakoda is line of modern sportswear for women who believe in comfort and consciousness of the environment. All of the materials used to create Miakoda’s fabulous line are completely sustainable, making them a staple of the eco-friendly fashion movement.

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    Valeria

    It’s not just fashion conscious ladies in on the sustainable fashion movement. Valeria and furry friend are seen here with the Large Hampton Tote in light blue We love what Valeria stands for, which is all things environmental. Valeria writes the eco-friendly blog, Water Thru Skin, where you can read all about her passionate stance on travel, yoga, veganism, green fashion, and clearly her love for animals!

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    Melina

    The lovely and vibrant Melina knows how to rock her repurposed billboard bag as you can tell from this pic taken at Life Time Athletic in Garden City, NY. From Dix Hills, NY, Melina makes her living as a Yoga Instructor at Life Power Yoga. She is very enthusiastic about RMG’s products saying that “I love my new bag. It’s beautiful!” Thanks, Melina, we think so too!

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    Jillian and Kristin

    Here’s one of our favorite pics. RMG founder Jillian is seen here with Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne. Kristin interviewed Jillian in May of 2016, and got the entire scoop on RMG’s story. We were thrilled to grab this pic with Kristin showing off her specialty ABC 7 repurposed vinyl bag.


    As you can see, these girls love our line of billboard bags. So will you! The energy and story behind each bag is always putting smiles on our customers’ faces. Contact us to join in the eco-friendly fashion fun and shop our collection today!

  • Billboards to Bags: How Do We Do It?

    Since Remember Me Green started its own green fashion movement, people have been carrying a piece of New York City with pride. The billboards you see in NYC are funky and fresh all on their own. Recycling them into our line of billboard bags gives them a whole new life and style. Before you can pack up for your tote bag and head to the subway, we’ve gotta make it first! The end result is undeniably fabulous, but many wonder: how do you get there?

     
    From Billboard To Bag

    Why Billboards for Bags?

    Many people think billboard vinyl is an odd textile choice for repurposed fashion. We think it makes perfect sense, and here's why:

    Inspiration:
    Billboards provide incredible inspiration for our team. So much work goes into the creation of just one promotion, not to mention how much time and money gets spent on it. From design to execution, the advertisements are pieces of art all on their own.

    Strength:
    Billboards are made of polyvinyl chloride which possesses many strong characteristics. Since PVC is completely waterproof, it makes an obvious choice for our upcycled totes or urban garden bags. It is also intensely durable, able to withstand many years of the harshest weather conditions.

    Belief:
    We believe in doing whatever it takes to help the environment. After a billboard's promotion ends, all of the vinyl used to create it gets thrown into a landfill. It is literally a colossal waste of PVC, which isn’t biodegradable. The vast amount of material it takes to produce just one of these epic ads for such a brief existence is wasted, unless we get our hands on it.

     

    Ready, Cut, Sew!

    Once we get a disposed billboard, we have ourselves a giant canvas on which to create our products. First, each billboard is inspected to make sure it has held up over the course of its advertising life. It is then completely cleaned, with eco-friendly cleaners of course! Next, we measure out the patterns to be sure we can create plenty of products. That is rarely a concern because one billboard is enough to produce approximately 500 bags! Typically just one can supply the material for over 150 of our upcycled totes, and whatever is left over is used for our smaller items like wine bags or zipper pouches. We want to make sure we are using as much of the material as possible to alleviate waste.

    Master Stitcher Hard At Work

    After we’ve made our patterns they get cut with precision. The patterns are then ready to be sewn up into a fabulous collection of recycled billboard bags. Our master stitchers begin the process of producing each billboard bag with exquisite detail. Each bag from RMG is constructed thoughtfully and every one of them is different. No one will have the same bag as you, making each of our products one of a kind.

    Remember Me Green is proud to be the place to go for your biggest selection of items for the most current green fashion trends. Doing our part to help the environment and move fashion forward gives our team a sense of pride. With an item from Remember Me Green, not only do you find amazing and one of a kind products, you make a beautiful statement. Carrying one of our bags made from billboards means you are saying that you care about style and saving the planet.

  • From Stage To Green: Is Broadway Eco-Friendly?

    Many industries have joined the Green Revolution. From medical professionals to accountants, professionals have become eager about preserving the environment. The same is true in theatre.

    Introducing The Broadway Green Alliance

    The Broadway Green Alliance has been working since 2008 to make Broadway a greener place. The BGA works with productions and theaters on Broadway. They work with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental action group. Their goal is to help actors reduce their carbon footprint by instilling eco-friendly habits. Any Broadway or off-Broadway show can be a part of the alliance. One cast or crew member is chosen as the “Green Captain”. The role of Green Captain is to develop greener habits around the theatre. Then they share their progress to the alliance.

    Producing theatre requires serious effort. From performers to technicians, theatre is a world of varied responsibilities. In order to break down the process of going green as effectively as possible, the BGA is organized into committees. Each committee takes charge of "greenifying" specific areas of each show.

     

    The Venues Committee

    This committee takes charge of greening up the actual space. Members of this committee will make sure the theatre is using energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) both inside and outside of the building. They also ensure that organic eco-friendly cleaning products are being used. By practicing this, a great deal of carbon is saved each year.

     

    The Production Committee

    The backstage area of a theatre usually needs a good deal of greening up! The Production Committee organizes methods of going green like giving reusable water bottles to actors. A recent change took place in the production of Wicked. Disposable batteries for microphones were replaced with rechargeable ones. This has helped reduce the amount of toxic waste disposed from the Gershwin Theatre. This committee also runs collections for the general public and theatre professionals. At the collections, people can recycle clothing, textiles and electronics. The Binder Project is another task organized by the Production Committee. Students in need of binders can borrow binders free of charge so they do not have to purchase new ones.

     

    The Outreach Committee

    Through social media, the BGA website, and a newsletter, this committee communicates the mission of the BGA to the public. They also produce videos about the organization and suggest methods for going green. The Outreach Committee spreads the message and has a strong influence over theatre fans and professionals.

     

    The Pre- & Post-Production Committee

    This committee really helps turn Broadway into the “Great Green Way”. Creative means are used to reduce theatre’s carbon footprint. They encourage designers to incorporate as many recycled and reused materials into their sets as possible. This reduces the need to buy new building materials. Set disposal is also reduced and that prevents pieces from ending up in landfills. The production of Peter and the Starcatcher featured a set made of materials that were recycled, borrowed, donated, or salvaged.

    We here at Remember Me Green say “Bravo!” to the Broadway Green Alliance for repurposing and upcycling so many of the things that make Broadway magical. It is amazing to know that a community full of artists, technicians, and musicians take part in the preserving the environment. The billboards for these shows have most likely been the source material for some of our upcycled products, so as they say in the Broadway smash The Lion King, it’s all part of "the circle of life".

  • Times Square: A Treasure Chest Of Upcycling Resources

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    RMG's Founder & CEO sporting her recycled billboard vinyl bag on a day out in NYC!

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    Here at Remember Me Green, we upcycle billboards from all over New York City into our unique, durable, fashion forward products. While billboards are found from all over the city, Times Square serves as its Billboard Capital. You see a new one every time you turn your head, and for us that means inspiration is everywhere you look.

     

    Billboards In Brief

    Billboards have been a strategic marketing method since the late 1800’s. They started as posters being hung on a fixed structure like a building. After the automobile was invented, the billboard boom really began. Billboards were built at the sides of the road to catch the eyes of drivers. As cars got faster, billboards got bigger and more intricate in style so motorists could take in the ads. As technology has increased the level of outdoor advertising followed. In 1872 the Outdoor Advertising Association of America was formed to regulate billboards and all forms of outdoor advertising, and is still around today.

     

    The Center Of The Universe

    The cross section of midtown Manhattan at Broadway and 42nd Street became known as Times Square in 1904. Just three weeks after that, the first electric billboard was erected there, and Times Square rapidly became the advertising hub of the world. Both electric and vinyl billboards were put up everywhere, making this area of NYC a haven of trendy, eye catching ads, that inspired businesses and artists from every corner of the globe.

     

    Why Billboards?

    There’s a funky, artistic energy to NYC billboards. Our designs at Remember Me Green are trendy and fashion forward, so it’s a perfect marriage. The best part is that our products are all eco-friendly, making going green even more fun! We also find that the vinyl material provides a fabulous fabric for our designs. The vinyl is durable and waterproof which makes an excellent source for our totes and wine bags.

    Times Square is indeed the “Center Of The Universe”, not only for advancements in marketing, but eco-friendly fashion as well. For us at Remember Me Green, it’s not only about being inspired by the art we see, but by the material that makes them. We bring the NYC experience full circle by repurposing the amazing billboards you see in the city into our fabulous pieces. Next time a billboard catches your eye, imagine using it as your shopping bag as your explore the "treasure chest" that is Times Square!

  • Growing Green With Urban Garden Bags !

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    Everyone deserves to do things they enjoy, hobbies that fulfill us and bring us relaxation and satisfaction. Life can make it difficult to stop and smell the roses, especially if you like to grow them yourself. Gardening can be a rewarding and serene hobby to take on, but without the proper landscape, it can be nearly impossible.

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life, it can be tough to make time for the things you love to do. The guy or girl on the go have so many items on their to-do list; appointments, work, keeping up the apartment. Who has time for a hobby?

    The team at Remember Me Green has the ultimate solution! Our Urban Garden Bags are a fabulous resource as well as an environmental fashion statement. Whether you’d like to grow some delicious veggies in the fresh air right outside your apartment, or if you want to spruce up your pad with some indoor flowers, these upcycled garden bags are for you!

    One of the best things about our garden bags is that they are totally eco-friendly. Not only are you expressing your passion for fashion with an upcycled NYC billboard, you’re going green by “reusing and recycling”! Made from 100% upcycled billboards from New York City, our Urban Garden Bags make a fun, no-mess, addition to your home!

     

    5 Tips For Gardening In Your Urban Garden Bags

    Evaluate your light.
    You can find a great plant for any amount of light, but before you purchase your plants estimate how much light your Urban Garden Bag will receive. Place it in the location you’d like it to live, and determine how long the sun will hitting it.

    Add your nutrients.
    You will most likely need to add fertilizer to the soil in your upcycled Urban Garden Bag. Fill your bag with organic potting soil and then mix in an organic fertilizer. Add a liquid fertilizer about every two weeks.

    Plant friendly neighbors.
    If you are planting more than one plant in your Urban Gardening Bag, make sure they will grow well together. Combine plants that have similar light and moisture needs.

    Don’t change anything too suddenly.
    Plants don't like abrupt changes and if you acclimate them over time to changes in light, exposure to the elements, water, or temperature, they are going to be happier and healthier!

    Plenty of Potting Soil.
    The more potting soil you use, the more water retention you will have. This will give you a much more room for error when it comes to both watering and feeding your plants.

     

    Our selection of Urban Garden Bags come in a beautiful array of colors that will fit perfectly in any home or outdoor garden. They are also flexible and lightweight, making it easy for rearranging into sunnier spots or even transplanting into a permanent landscape.

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  • Billboard Bags: Carry a Piece of New York City

    Our billboard bags are the most durable, water-proof, and eco-friendly accessory option. With tons of colors, patterns and styles, you are sure to find the right bag for your needs. Our small, medium, and large totes can fit everything you need for a day out shopping or on the beach. Our wine totes can help you carry your rosé with class and style.

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    Typically, NYC billboards end up in landfills after they are taken down. Furthermore, the fashion industry alone dumps 60 billion meters of fabric into landfills. This begs the question: where is your next accessory coming from? When you choose a billboard bag from Remember Me Green, you choose to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Our bags rescue those billboard advertisements from their fate in landfills, while not adding to the fashion industry waste.

    Check out a behind-the-scenes look at our latest billboard bag creations!

    Our workshop is located in Bay Shore, Long Island. Being so close to the city, we are constantly inspired by the colors and patterns of those famous NYC billboards we so frequently see. Billboard canvas shows up in our workshop, and we use every piece possible to bring you the best product while also going forward with our green initiatives.

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