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Bay Shore’s Remember Me Green puts billboards on tote bags

Jillian Brown, seen on May 10, 2016, with

Jillian Brown, seen on May 10, 2016, with her tote bag creations at Remember Me Green, a Bay Shore-based company that is turning the city's old billboards and banners into tote bags and ottomans. Credit: Ed Betz

A Bay Shore-based company is turning the city’s old billboards and banners into tote bags and ottomans.

Remember Me Green was dreamt up by Jillian Brown one day in 2013 during her walk to work at a Manhattan nonprofit.

Brown, 33, of Huntington, remembers strolling through Midtown and wondering what happened to the city’s old, eye-catching billboards after they’d served their purpose.

“I learned that most of them just end up getting thrown out, though the material is very durable and waterproof,” she said.

So Brown started experimenting with an old brightly colored movie advertisement she purchased from a fabric store, and ended up creating tote bags for her friends and family.

“They were a hit,” she said.

Brown started selling her bags online in 2014 and earlier this year opened a manufacturing center in Bay Shore.

She has since expanded her line to include ottomans upholstered in recycled billboards and framed pieces of old banners.

Since she “never knows” what kinds of patterns or designs the company gets, there’s a wide variety of prints and products available on her website — some quirky, some picturesque, some topical — like a framed “Trump” poster she created after cutting through a billboard that once hung in midtown.

Remember Me Green employee Michael Kaminsky said the company has received orders from all over the country — particularly from people who want to take home “some of the magic of New York City.”

“I think people like knowing that they own a piece of the New York City skyline,” said Kaminsky, 53, of Patchogue. “It’s completely unique and makes for a great souvenir or reminder of the city. It’s not like just buying a mug or t-shirt from a gift shop.”

Kaminsky says the company’s seeking contributions of old billboards, banners and signs from companies on Long Island.

“Sending it to us is better than sending it to a landfill,” Kaminsky said.

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