I want to be a bench. Recycle me.
The “I Want To Be” PSA from Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful, created pro-bono by Pereira & O’Dell, personifies your trash and dramatizes the potential of each item we discard to “live” a meaningful second life. The goal of communication is to encourage recycling in the United States, where only 35% of waste is recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The fully integrated campaign is comprised of television, print, radio, outdoor and digital media, and running in space and time that is entirely donated. The campaign has been supported by a comprehensive PR and social media program on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Educate and emotionally motivate Americans to adopt recycling in their everyday lives.
We aimed to appeal to people’s rational need for facts while also opening their hearts through the emotional and imaginative representation of the product life cycle.
The “I Want to Be” campaign uses a combination of emotional storytelling and real-world examples to address the alarming fact that most of the trash Americans produce is actually recyclable. Television, out-of-home and digital advertising highlight how everyday trash can be transformed into amazing things like bicycle frames, park benches and even football stadiums. We utilized corporate partnerships to place the campaign messages directly on packaging and show people how the products they love have the potential to live on as new bottles, cans, bikes and more.
Through our partnership with the Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful, we look forward to fulfilling the promise of making America a world leader in recycling.
The “I want to be recycled” PSA campaign was delivered to the media via donated time and space, running in top media markets (including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami). The campaign gave Keep America Beautiful the emotional push needed to raise awareness and positively change people’s behavior to recycle more.