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BP actually replaces the older image of oil companies as corporate polluters with its new eco-brand. bp not only creates cleaner gasoline but also supports solar power. It takes the initials bp, originally British Petroleum, and simply adds a new meaning (beyond petroleum). Good thing it wasn't named British Oil.

Is it possible to drive a car and still have a clean environment?
To refine a cleaner gasoline?
Can solar power become mainstream?
Could business go further and be a force for good?
Can 100,000 people in a hundred countries come together to build a new brand of progress for the world.
We think so.
And now bp, Amoco, Arco, Castro and get together to try

Beyond petroleum
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The bp ad is constructed out of abstract forms (small green and yellow parallelograms) that are used to collapse conceptional opposites: industry/Nature. The movements of these forms parallel a female voice-over's narration, i.e. from falling leaves to traffic, from a sun's life-giving rays to industrial gears. At the end the pieces form the green and yellow bp logo, which could easily double for an environmental organization's logo.


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