Coca-Cola billboards point the way to greener living

Back in the day Coca-Cola wanted to buy the world a bottle of its famous soft drink, but now it wants to encourage people to recycle. And to help them do that, a recently launched print campaign sees Coca-Cola’s ribbon design point them in the direction of the nearest recycling bin.

Usually when we’ve looked at traffic-stopping examples of billboard advertising, they’ve had the more commercial intention of selling people something. But this campaign from Publicis Italy has the condition of environment at its heart.

Boldly named The Sign, this campaign plays with the familiar white ribbon on a red background usually seen on Coca-Cola bottles and cans. In the posters and billboards, this ribbon warps into a hand that literally points people to recycling stations where they can dispose of their litter with peace of mind.

Appearing in central and eastern Europe, The Sign ties into Coca-Cola’s eco promise of making 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025. By 2030, Coca-Cola also wants to be able to return every single bottle and can it puts out.

Follow the ribbon, find the bin

And it looks like the posters are already working. Having made their debut at Bulgarian music festival the Happy Energy Tour, the posters contributed to a recycling rate of 85% for Coca-Cola cans.

Strategically positioned near pre-existing or new recycling bins, The Sign also builds on research by Publicis Italy that suggests that shoppers are much more likely to recycle if the means to do so are more obvious.

“This makes us understand that people care about recycling,” adds the studio, “they just need a little encouragement to implement responsible behavior.”