Okay. This time I thought I'd start with a question for everybody.
Why are so many people still stuck on the sticky note?
Seriously. I'm not knocking 3M in any way. The company has sold millions of paper Post-Its(R) since their inception in the late seventies. And the term 'post-it,' like 'kleenex,' has become a generic, top-of-mind term for all re-positional paper tools. In fact, 3M was ground-breaking in introducing this type of product -- and that's no small feat.
However, I do have concerns with re-positional paper note products (a.k.a. post-its, sticky notes, stickies, and sticky little beasties) of any brand.
Here they are:
STICKY NOTES END UP IN THE RECYCLE BIN OR THE TRASH.
Whether we realize it or not, as human beings we have this visceral need to write temporary lists -- to-do lists, shopping lists, notes-to-self. The bad news is, these temporary reminders are only good for a brief reference before hitting the trash or recycle bin.
And surely you can see the irony in using post-it notes to jot down how much the same product from different stores costs just to figure out how much you can save ....
What happens to all these re-positional notes when they've been spent and used? People get rid of them.
And what's the cumulative impact of several million people using and disposing of these tiny pieces of paper? Here's what World Watch says:
- Even if that sticky note makes it to the recycle bin, the processing mill where the material ends up may not wash its paper or handle small pieces.
- 3M's adhesive is water soluable, but the chemical adhesive usually gets flushed into the wastewater system -- just like brighteners, dyes, and bleaches used with any brand of sticky notes.
- According to water treatment providers, World Watch tells us, sediments and dissolved solids are easier to remove from the wastewater stream than contaminants from re-positional notes.
- Lastly, sticky notes don't always reach the recycling plant where they were intended to go. Instead, they get shipped overseas. And then, World Watch notes, the transportation to get the little beasties to their overseas destination is "fossil fuel intensive."
THEN THERE'S THIS ORGANIZATIONAL THING: HOW CAN YOU BE ORGANIZED USING ANY KIND OF STICKY NOTES?
The writing surfaces that most re-positional notes provide are so small that I usually need multiple notes. Then I have to move LOTS of little stickies all over a large surface. And depending upon the quality of the paper, the company that manufactures them, or how much coffee I spilled on them, they'll tear when I move them around.
I've even found some cheaper brands of sticky notes that don't stick at all.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE STUCK WITH THIS ISLAND OF STICKY NOTE S
We've all seen it and we've all done it: Post-its all over the computer, on your writing surfaces, chairs, and walls. And when your neighbor in the next work space over starts to complain about the Great Post-it Invasion of 2017, you know you've reached rock bottom.
I've even seen sticky notes on top of sticky notes.
SERIOUSLY. IT'S TIME TO FIND ANOTHER SOLUTION.
And we have one.
Our Wipebooks are a combination of white boards and notebooks. You can organize your pages, make your to-do lists, erase and start over. With our product, you won't create a pile of tiny little papers that may or may not stick, that may or may not get recyclable, and that WILL release contaminants in the waste water stream.
Time to ditch the stickie.
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