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Posts Tagged ‘Keep America Beautiful’

Why Recycle? Because Your Trash Has Big Dreams, Says New Campaign

Did you know that your soda can aspires to become part of a sports stadium and your empty plastic bottle dreams of contributing to an ocean-side park bench? Well, they do, and you can help them reach their lofty goals by doing one simple thing: recycling them.

At least that’s the message sent by Pereira & O’Dell‘s new pro-bono campaign for the Ad Council and Keep American Beautiful, “I Want to Be Recycled.”

The PSA featuring the bottle opens with the evocative line, “They said I couldn’t dream. Called me a piece of trash and swore that’s all I’d ever be.” The viewer then watches this tenacious little dreamer overcome its seemingly hopeless start inside a trash can, and follows it across city streets, down lonely highways, and through rugged terrain until it finally reaches its destination and becomes what it “always wanted to be.” The spot ends with the tag line “Give your garbage another life. Recycle,” and shows the address for IWantToBeRecycled.org.

Basically, think “Where the Heart Is” condensed into 30 seconds and starring a milk bottle instead of Natalie Portman. Read more

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Campaign Targets 18- to 34-Year-Old Litterbugs

Keep America Beautiful and its firm Hill & Knowlton have launched a new campaign “Littering is Wrong Too” that moves away from the iconic crying Native American PSA and adds Facebook and Twitter components to encourage 18- to 34-year-olds not to be such litterbugging jerks.

Online, visitors talk about what’s wrong, always with the reminder that “littering is wrong too.” Offline, the message will be posted on billboards, t-shirts, and other materials that will drive traffic to the online sites.

According to the press release, U.S. roads collect more than 51 billion pieces of trash each year and litter clean up costs businesses, governments, and others about $11.5 billion annually.