I created this pretty cool logo before the holidays (at least I think it is cool). The logo was ironed onto canvas bags.
Within the canvas bags I had items for reduce, reuse, and recycle.
I included a compact florescent light bulb with the tag attached.
The tag says "If every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road."
The canvas bag had this attached:
"Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year."
I had some local food:
"The average fresh food item on our dinner table travels 1,500 miles. Buying locally produced food eliminates the need for all that fuel-guzzling transportation."
And finally one that talked about recycling:
"Recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags, and newspapers. When you recycle, you send less trash to the landfill and you help save natural resources, like trees, oil, and elements such as aluminum."
I didn't get much response from the gifts - other than "oh, I didn't know that." Maybe it planted a seed.
What I am gong to do is start printing out the light bulb statement and purchase some light bulbs and start giving them to random people (with this message attached). A light bulb is such an easy start - and a cheap way to give a message to others. Does anyone want to join me in doing this? If you do, please let me know - I can make some of these larger or in a PDF form so that you can print out and pass on the messages.
Just a small idea that could have a difference. :)
*** Edited addition as of 2:00 PM ***
for those of you who want to join in, I have created a PDF that you can print out and cut to attach to light bulbs. http://www.d.umn.edu/~medel/Beyond/
The file is called: reduce-lightbulbs.pdf
I may also put some other items in that directory. :) Emme