Quiet activism (Day 111)…

bike stickers

I’ve mentioned before that sandwich boards are an unflattering look for me and, you know, my biceps just aren’t what they were 10 years ago, so holding up big signs is not an option. Plus, I figure, if I’m going to get off my butt and start marching around, I may as well be marching towards the nearest shoe store.

Protesting, then, is pretty much out of the question. However, I’m all for quiet, small-scale activism, raising awareness about environmental causes with some humour and perspective. Stuff like the PB&J campaign, for instance, is right up my alley.

So are stickers. I love stickers. And while they are made from evil materials like plastic and vinyl, they can also get a worthwhile message across and strike up conversation. Recently, I got some These Come From Trees stickers, which I’ve been sneakily adhering to paper towel dispensers in public restrooms. And I also got a bunch for my bicycle, which pronounce hardly controversial but still pointed statements like “Treehugger”, “I [heart] my bike,” and my favourite, “Mend Your Fuelish Ways”.

A little while back, some readers suggested I make a sticker saying something like “I’ve been reused!”, so people could refill their empty brand-name shampoo bottles with natural product but let everyone else know that, actually, it’s not Pert Plus in there, thank-you very much (note to readers: I’m on it, but making stickers can be expensive).

Then, of course, there are the tote bags, the T-shirts and the wristbands, plus tons of other merchandise, most of which I think is a bit silly, but still, plenty of outlets through which to convey my point of view. And lastly, this here blog gets a message across every day to at least a thousand people — granted, a lot of it is just preaching to the choir, but there are always some newbies who stop by every now and then to pick up a few tips about where to get vegan-friendly floss or how to survive without a fridge.

Today’s change then, is simply to make sure that I step up the green publicity, raise environmental awareness whenever possible and — much like Alina did with her blog — come out of the closet as a organic-eating, handkerchief-carrying treehugger.

9 Responses to Quiet activism (Day 111)…

  1. lamarguerite says:

    Vanessa, I love your sense of humor! I agree with you, green does not need to be so serious.

    marguerite, green blogger, “The Daily Sins of a Green Girl Wannabe”

  2. Alina says:

    What about ‘These are made from oil’ stickers on plastic? 😀

  3. jamie says:

    Check out http://www.cafepress.com to make and sell your own stickers. I haven’t made anything on their site, but I have bought a few things and the prices are reasonable. I would buy an “I’ve been reused” sticker from ya. Hope this helps.

  4. lloyd alter says:

    Love it! where did you get the Treehugger one?

  5. Chile says:

    I LOVE bike stickers. My bike has 9 stickers. Favorite source is http://www.peacesupplies.org

  6. Shawn says:

    That is the first celery sticker I have ever seen. Celery… who knew.

    I secretly love stickers, but I have found that finding a good sticker with a cool message is very rare.

  7. Vanessa,

    Thanks so much for the shoutout. We’re so glad that you like our “These Come From Trees” sticker project. You clearly get the point of the project 100%: the idea is simply that a little bit of reminding, in a non-threatening, non-smug fashion, can really advance the conversation. That’s why the phrase we chose was playful and hopefully memorable.

    A countryman of yours who runs a janitorial company in Vancouver actually just picked up 500 to administer to all the paper towel dispensers they manager in the Vancouver area. So it’s not solely activists like you sneaking around: there’s clear value to the people who own the dispensers too. And that’s great!

    Thanks for the link, and let us know when you run out of stickers!

  8. gettinggreen says:

    Haha — Shawn, I was just as surprised as you… the weird thing was, they only had celery. Like, there wasn’t a whole roster of other vegetables to choose from — JUST celery. It’s not my favourite vegetable by all means, but still green.

    Lloyd, I can’t even remember where I got them. I think I Googled “bike stickers” and went to whatever came up!

    And thanks for the tip Jamie — make sure you read tomorrow’s post!

  9. Hi Vanessa, here at greenvoice we support your quiet activism. Being green doesn’t necessarily involve being upfront or protesting, every small contribution helps save our planet. It would be great if you could check out our website at: http://www.greenvoice.com

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