Dutch and Brit, an event management company with offices in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, takes pride in their commitment to sustainability and building strong client relationships. Their dedication to both people and the planet has positioned them at the top of their game, guaranteeing ongoing business and collaboration with the industry's best creative minds.
Recently, Dutch and Brit discovered 15 roll-up banners left unused in their storage. Recognising the challenge of recycling such items, they sought a solution through a partnership with Event Cycle. These banners, typically made of PVC and featuring metal bases, posed a recycling dilemma due to the materials involved. PVC is notoriously difficult to recycle, and the metal bases need to be separated from the banners.
To tackle this challenge, Event Cycle work with their graphics suppliers to repurpose the metal bases of the roll-up banners, combining them with new graphics for charitable organisations they collaborate with. Meanwhile, the old PVC parts are responsibly recycled through specialised channels, ensuring the banners are handled in an environmentally friendly manner.
StandOut, founded by Penny Parker and Jo Fellows, was born out of their shared vision and their experience in restorative justice and employment programs. Penny, who previously ran the Sycamore Tree restorative justice course, saw the need for practical support to help individuals transition out of prison. Inspired by Resurgo's Spear Programme, Penny and Jo piloted StandOut in HMP Wandsworth, successfully establishing the program. In 2019, StandOut expanded its reach to HMP Pentonville. In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, StandOut launched a Helpline service that provided support to over 600 men leaving HMP Wandsworth and HMP Pentonville.
The reskinned banners also benefited RSPCA Wimbledon and Sutton, the oldest welfare charity dedicated to animal well-being. They have been at the forefront of introducing laws to protect animals and raising awareness of issues affecting them. The RSPCA campaigns for improved animal welfare standards and actively investigates and prosecutes cases of animal abuse. Their highly trained officers work tirelessly to tackle neglect and cruelty on every level, stamping out animal abuse. The RSPCA rescues animals in need, providing rehabilitation and veterinary care before finding them new homes or releasing them back into the wild.
Through the repurposing of these roll-up banners, Dutch and Brit, along with Event Cycle, have made a positive impact on StandOut and RSPCA Wimbledon and Sutton. The reskinned banners not only contribute to the organisations' marketing efforts but also support their missions of helping individuals reintegrate into society after prison and advocating for the welfare and protection of animals. The collaboration between Dutch and Brit, Event Cycle, StandOut, and RSPCA Wimbledon and Sutton showcases the power of repurposing and recycling to create meaningful change and support important causes
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