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500 students to benefit from JPS BannaBags project

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) will donate its innovative and environmentally friendly schoolbags and pencil cases made from vinyl banners, along with school supplies, to approximately 500 children who have done well in school and are in need of back-to-school assistance.

"With over 1,000 bags already distributed across Jamaica since the inception of the project in 2014, JPS thanks its over 50 corporate sponsors and donors for their continuous support in donating much needed vinyl banners for the production of the schoolbags and pencil cases," the energy company said.

The schoolbags and pencil cases are produced in partnership with the award-winning Heart Trust/NTA Garmex Academy and have been providing skills training and temporary employment to more than 50 people from neighbouring communities for more than two years.


Raw material


The main raw material for the 'bannabags' is used vinyl banners which are converted into attractive, sturdy, waterproof bags. All the bags are made from 100 per cent recycled material.

"Oftentimes, companies dispose of banners at the end of a promotional initiative and they are normally burnt or destroyed in ways that are not environmentally friendly," JPS said.

"Through this project, JPS and Garmex are making a creative effort to reuse and recycle these banners for the benefit of the environment and our nation's children," the entity added.

Entities with unused vinyl banners lying in storage can make arrangements to donate them by sending an email to or delivering them to 6 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston.

"JPS remains committed to the protection of the environment, which is critical to Jamaica's social and economic development.




[We] strongly believe in using Jamaica's natural resources responsibly and continue to offer a wide range of customer solutions that encourage protection of the environment," JPS noted.

Care of the environment forms an important part of JPS's corporate social responsibility programme, which includes efforts to deliver cleaner energy for a sustainable future, while engaging stakeholders in the care of the environment.