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About Us

Banner Bags has a simple mission of educating high school students on how they can be more environmentally and socially sustainable. The program takes used banners from different companies and cities that would otherwise go into a landfill and brings them to high school sewing classes to be made into bags. In other words, we are turning something of no value into something of value. There is also a short seminar that is delivered before the bags are made to teach the students about environmental sustainability and about the difference each bag is making. The students can then choose to keep the bags or fundraise to make money to donate to a charity of their choice.

Since 2008, our actions saved 1,100+ pounds of nylon from landfills, prevented 27,000 pounds of CO2 emissions and conserved enough electricity to power an average Vancouver home for 40 months. Our participants come from high schools in Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Richmond and outside the lower mainland in Vernon and Ottawa. Early this spring, Enactus teams from other Canadian universities recognized Banner Bags and awarded it the 2011 Scotiabank & Enactus Go Green Challenge Champion at the Enactus Regional competition in Calgary. We have also been nominated as a top three finalist in the City of Surrey’s new City Green Award.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved with Banner Bags, please contact Banner Bags Program Manager, Calvin Cheng, at and also follow Banner Bags on Twitter @bannerbags_.

Please email us if you are a teacher wanting to participate in the program.

Our Impact


Over the past 3 years we have impacted over 800 students and saved 1100 pounds of nylon from the landfill. We plan to increase these numbers this year and constantly update our curriculum to tailor to the new students we present to and inspire and motivate them through the power of education.

Program Growth

Our program grew from an idea to a program with both an Education component to educate high school students to be more environmentally sustainable and a Social Enterprise component to help those in need.

The Future

In 2015-2016, our team aims to impact as many high school textiles students as possible to be more environmentally conscious and have Banner Bags grow into a national environmental education program that is interactive, yet effective. This year, we are in the works of launching a Distance Education platform to link students in other Canadian provinces to learn how fun it is to be more environmentally friendly for themselves and the communities around them.

Get Involved

If you would like more information or would like to get involved with Banner Bags, please contact Banner Bags Education Program Manager, Calvin Cheng, at

Our Team

Banner Bags is 100% student run by a group of talented individuals at Simon Fraser University. Here is a little about them:

Managing Team

Calvin Cheng – Program Manager (

Anjali Kauldher – Education Manager (

Shonnah Hoy – Internal Manager (

Dani Hao – Marketing & Communications Manager (

Crystal Lin – Go Green Challenge Manager (


Dani Hao – Marketing and Communications Manager (

Chris Lim – Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Vivian Lau – Graphic Designer

Carrie Ye – Graphic Designer

Workshop Coordinators

Phuong Mai

Kevin Nguyen

Gloria Jiang

Jenny Zhuo

Rachel Zhang

Christopher Mar

Naomi Jernigan

Janet Shum

Lam Anh Vu

Private: Classroom Presentations

We are proud to visit secondary schools and community centres all over the Lower Mainland BC to conduct workshops and educational presentations on upcycling and environmentalism. Who knows, your school may be next to see us!

If you are a high school textiles teacher and you are looking to schedule a classroom presentation, please contact our Education Manager, Anjali Kauldher, at

Go Green Challenge

The annual Go Green Challenge is the newest component to the program and is open to all high school students. The Go Green Challenge encourages high school students to work in groups to initiate a project that upcycles waste in their community into new products. Not only do high school students apply the knowledge they have learned in the classroom presentations to better their communities, but they also gain invaluable teamwork and communication skills through the process. Examples of past projects included students transforming fabric scraps into blankets and making fabric children books. Students are guided through the process with a Banner Bags Mentor and they can help answer any questions you may have and help elevate your project.


Students can then submit a video at the end of their project showcasing their achievements and having their friends and family share their video on social media. The 3 winning groups are given $150 that will go back to their classroom or club initiative. The Go Green Challenge registration is now underway.
If you would like more information or would like your class or youth group to participate in the Banner Bags Go Green Challenge, please contact our Banner Bags Go Green Challenge Manager, Crystal Lin, at

To enter Email Us

Private: Distance Education

If your high school textiles class is outside of the Lower Mainland area, then this section is for you!

We are in the works of launching a Distance Education component to educate high school students in areas ranging from Victoria to Ottawa and even beyond!

Please contact our Distance Education Committee at for more information.

Private: Sponsor

Banner Bags couldn’t be as successful as it is without the help of its sponsors.

Sponsor Us

Banner Donations

If you have used banners that you would like to donate to Banner Bags please email our Banner Bags Program Manager, Calvin Cheng, at

Monetary/In-Kind Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring either a monetary or an in-kind donation for our Go Green Challenge and social media campaigns, please contact our Marketing and Communications Manager, Dani Hao, at

Sponsorship Perks

Sponsors will be able to gain access to many perks, such as:

  • Features on our Facebook page
  • Shoutouts on our Twitter
  • Features on our Instagram
  • Logo displayed on our website
  • Exposure to hundreds of high school students and youth in BC

Private: Social Media Contest

greener 2016

We are giving away a beautiful box of Purdy’s Chocolates as part of our GREENER 2016 GIVEAWAY, and it’s super easy to enter! Simply go to our facebook post here and:

1. Share this post and tell us how you are going to#gogreen in 2016. For example, bringing your lunches in a re-usable bag rather than buying.

2. Now, we want you to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, so tag two friends that will help youkeep your promise! (Tell them to join as well)

3. Hashtag #bannerbags and #gogreen so we can find your posts (They must be public for us to find)

4. Follow us on instagram @bannerbags for a bonus entry!

This contest is open to everyone who likes our page, but we will only be able to deliver to residents in BC. Contest ends January 31st, 2016 so you have lots of time!

Enter Now