MLS All-Star Relan Bag

The event that keeps on giving: Stand Together, Relan team up to turn MLS All-Star banners into fashionable bags

It was one of the marquee events during AT&T MLS All-Star Week this summer. The Portland Timbers opened and dedicated a community futsal field at Montavilla Park in northeast Portland during a specially organized Community Day, complete with banners and appearances from MLS superstars. The event was fun, well-attended. The new field is a hit with local youth.

But what to do with all of the banners and signage from that memorable day?


A pallet of old billboards today...we can't wait to see the transformation & cool designs from @relan for 2015! #recycle

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That is where Relan steps in. Stand Together has teamed up with the mother-daughter run company to recycle these MLS All-Star banners into one-of-a-kind messenger bags and totes.

“Sustainability is an important initiative for the club, so teaming up with Relan was a perfect fit for us,” said Kristel Wissel, director of community relations for the Timbers. “Relan is known for its unique efforts in sustainability. Through this project, together, we can help promote sustainability and recycling efforts, while creating a fun keepsake from an amazing event and All-Star Week here in Portland.”

Started in 1995, Relan is much more than a bag-making company. For nearly two decades they’ve specialized in repurposing old billboard and vinyl banners into unique products in effort to promote and impact sustainability. Relan has turned more than 600,000 tons of vinyl marketing/promotional material into bags, coolers, aprons, seat cushions, pop-up tents and several other items for organizations. 

Stand Together and Relan have worked to create 45 different bags and totes, and each will be auctioned off through heading into the Holiday season. Proceeds from the bags will benefit Stand Together and club’s work in the community. For more on Relan, visit