I’d rather be lickin’ than stickin’ (Day 360)…

green stamp

I went to buy stamps the other day, and because I’m at the point where I start going postal at the mere prospect of waste, I felt outraged that the stamps came as stickers, not the paper tear-offs you can lick. This of course meant that the set included a non-recyclable wax paper backing.

I went online, trying to find out if there was any way possible of getting the licky kind instead of the sticky kind these days, but it was hopeless.

However, I then saw that Canada Post had this site where you could design your own postage stamp, which gave me an idea.

If I came up with a stamp that had a green message on it, it might at least encourage others to not waste as much. So I created the one you see above — I was going to put ‘reuse’ instead of ‘recycle’ but I figured most people wouldn’t be willing to make that commitment — and will now be able to spread eco-awareness as far as the postal system can carry it.

14 Responses to I’d rather be lickin’ than stickin’ (Day 360)…

  1. Red says:

    That’ll get the message across.

    I apologize for my previous statement.

  2. Sense of Balance says:

    I wouldn’t be sure of that. Know your French literature?

    The sale of 19th-century stamped envelopes is referred to as dealing in postal history, and of great interest in francophone Europe. A dealer at Lausanne recently had a twice-used envelope up for sale; once to the poet Germain Nouveau from the publisher Léon Vanier, the second from Nouveau to Guy de Maupassant. Nouveau, unemployed art teacher, drunken, syphilitic, a bit crazy on top of that, rarely had what he needed; so all he could do by way of an envelope was to cross out the address from Vanier and re-address it (you paid the stamp fee when you handed the letter in at the post office). 185,000 CHF to M. Feldman from his customer last November. That was an envelope worth re-using, for Green or Purple motives.

    Now all we need is for our Vanessa to become famous …

  3. blah says:

    Many a grocery list has been created as a result of reused envelopes in my house. BTW, that stamp’s pretty cute.

  4. pat says:

    That’s a cool stamp. Do they superimpose the queen on that? Can I make my own stamp with me as the queen? This is so exciting!

  5. Alison says:


    I am religious about recycling paper, but it never crossed my mind that sticker stamps were more wasteful than the lick’m kind. I was just happy I didn’t have to lick the darn things anymore.

    Now we need this to become a movement and perhaps the message will really be sent home. Your stamp is very cute, but perhaps treehugger or somebody can have contest to design the best “save the earth” or “recycle this” stamp for the upcoming Earth Day.

  6. Grant says:

    Don’t forget that you can now print postage directly on your envelopes as well. This saves you from having any sort of stamp at all. Of course, you must figure in the energy used and plastic consumed by the printer (ink and print cartridges), but I would bet it’s undoubtedly much less than driving to get stamps and then using and tossing the plastic coated paper that they’re stuck to.

  7. Greenpa says:

    A major incentive for changing to the non-lickem stamps was- humidity. Pretty common in very humid regions for folks to buy a book of stamps, and wind up throwing half of them away, because they stuck themselves to whatever was handy.

    Not sure how the waste calculations would work out there- but just tossing a lot of stamps away is expensive from all directions. 🙂

    I like your stamp!

  8. Deborah W. says:

    I don’t know about in Canada but here in the US, one can easily find lick-em stamps @ usps.com (post office site).

  9. That is clever. I’m guessing that the envelope has more resources going into it than the stamp itself though?

    I’m thinking of getting an officially looking “please reuse this envelope” rubber stamp for my envelopes.

    I wrote a post a while back on envelope recycling – maybe that’s of some interest

  10. kimberly says:

    cute stamp! i’ve always wanted to make one, but i’m too lazy… did it take long?

  11. Henna says:

    That is such an awesome idea. Canada Post should just make a stamp like that to encourage people to recycle. Well done.

  12. jadekitty says:

    I am going to design my own stamp with a similar message! Thanks for the inspiration. PS I always find your blog a great way to be more green without being a fanatic about being green.

  13. punky says:

    very cute idea…I LOVE IT
    Its a cute thing to do for wedding invites.

  14. Kim says:

    You could take your mail to work and use the postage machine – I’m assuming they must have one?

    I’ve always wondered – what about the envelopes with the plastic windows? Can you recycle those? I actually tear them out so I can recycle the paper part, but now I’m wondering if I could just throw the whole thing in….

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