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Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful Announce Partnership with FreshDirect to Coincide with America Recycles Day, Nov. 15
‘I Want to Be Recycled’ Campaign Appears on FreshDirect Delivery Boxes
STAMFORD, Conn. (Nov. 13, 2013) — The Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful are partnering with popular online grocer, FreshDirect, to feature messaging from their national I Want to Be Recycled public service advertising (PSA) campaign on all FreshDirect delivery boxes. The collaboration, announced in advance of America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), is a part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling and encourage recycling to become a daily social norm.
Beginning this week and continuing year-round, the new FreshDirect cardboard delivery boxes featuring messaging from the PSA campaign will be delivered throughout the greater New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware metro areas, as well as the greater Philadelphia, Penn., area. The boxes include the line, “I want to be a cereal box. Recycle Me.” They also direct customers to visit IWantToBeRecycled.org, where they can access a localized search tool to find curbside locations or recycling centers in their area and receive more information on how and what to recycle.
“Research shows that people identify the simple act of recycling as their most visible contribution to a better environment,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Through our partnership with Fresh Direct, we will increase our reach to encourage people to recycle more often.”
“FreshDirect’s delivery boxes are an ideal placement for our campaign messages, allowing us to encourage customers to imagine the future possibilities of the packaging, at the same moment they make the decision to recycle it,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “FreshDirect’s support will go a long way in continuing our efforts with Keep America Beautiful to create a more sustainable environment.”
First launched nationwide in July 2013, the I Want to be Recycled campaign was developed by the creators of the iconic anti-littering campaign featuring the Crying Indian. Created pro bono by San Francisco-based ad agency Pereira & O’Dell, the campaign shows how recyclable materials can be given another life and become something new if someone chooses to recycle. Television, radio, outdoor and digital media PSAs are supported by a comprehensive public relations and social media program on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube.
“Helping to reduce our carbon footprint and create awareness around recycling is extremely important to all of us at FreshDirect, and we couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with Keep America Beautiful to help recycle our way to a healthier planet,” said Jason Ackerman, CEO of FreshDirect. “We have made a number of strides to be a sustainably-minded company, and including the Keep America Beautiful recycling campaign on our boxes is one more step in the right direction.”
The partnership is the most recent step in FreshDirect’s ongoing environmental efforts. FreshDirect boxes are 100 percent recyclable and made with more than 85 percent post-consumer waste. The packaging is certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program, and carry the SFI label acknowledging that the boxes use fiber only from responsible and legal sources. Other sustainability tactics include offering customers $2 off delivery fees if they choose a “green” delivery time slot, resulting in fewer truck delivery trips and a smaller environmental footprint. Additionally, FreshDirect has pledged to convert to a 100 percent green transportation fleet over the next five years.
America Recycles Day, which is a national program from Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally-recognized day of action dedicated to increasing recycling in the United States. To participate in America Recycles Day, there are a number of actions consumers can take, including:
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