What Can You Do With Produce Stickers?

As I continue to look for ways to reduce plastic in my life, one that comes up are those little stickers on our produce.  I avoid stickers when possible by shopping farmers’ markets, but during fall to spring, I still get lots of produce (often with stickers) from the store or food co-op.  When one composts, you need to remove the sticker.

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Produce stickers tell us the country and often the state of origin of the food, which is important if you want to reduce your food miles.  And a 5-digit code that starts with a “9” informs us it is organic.

Last year I began to save my produce stickers as I heard in the book, “Plastic Free” by Beth Terry, that you can send them to a guy named Barry Snyder at Stickerman Produce Art.  Barry uses the produce stickers to make art.  He’s a guy from Erie, Colorado, who gives these stickers a new life through his artwork, so start saving your stickers.

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He wants the stickers on white paper sent to Barry Synder, PO Box 301, Erie, CO 80516

Here are my stickers from 2014 that I collected and sent on to Barry.  While it’s not much, I’m glad it is being put to good use.  Eco-Vegan Gal mentioned there are some new stickers coming out that are compostable, but I have yet to see them.

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Here are some samples of Barry’s art.

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What do you do with your produce stickers?  Will you be sending stickers to Barry in the future?  Please answer in the comments below.

10 Comments

  1. Tom says:

    But Kathy! I want to stop the production of these stickers! Billions and billions of them….every month! This is unnecessary and an environmental disaster. Yuck!

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    • I’m not endorsing the stickers. As I said, I do my best to avoid them by shopping at farmers’ market and by being part of a CSA. I also look forward to the new compostable stickers. My goal in blogging about this was to raise awareness that even little things make a difference and at least we can donate them towards art if we do have them. Have you been able to go 100% sticker-free? If so, please share more about that process. Thanks

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  2. Tom says:

    Let me add, this isn’t your fault! It’s just something that bugs me. And worries me daily as I eat my fruit and vegetables.
    Art is good…

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  3. I do the same thing: http://wp.me/p4sJ3i-4W I’m saving them up until I have enough to paper a door at least. I try to shop at the farmer’s market where I can avoid these annoying stickers but occasionally I don’t make it to the market and head to the grocery store, where I might add I CANNOT find a local organic apple even though I live in California where organic farms abound(!).

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  4. Reblogged this on zanygreenquest and commented:
    Makes me feel a bit better about those little stickers I get at the grocery store when I don’t get to the Farmer’s Market. I’ll start a sheet today.

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  5. afairymind says:

    What a great idea. I try to avoid those stickers as much as I can but sometimes its impossible to do so. I’ll have to see if there’s anyone in the UK using them in a similar way. 🙂

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  6. Inge says:

    Thanks much for posting this! I was wondering what to do with the stickers. I’d also prefer not to have them on the veggies and fruits that I want to eat. I’ve signed up for a CSA box, which I really love. But many things that I would want to buy, are not in the box so I currently get them from the local grocery store. Looking forward to farmers markets here.
    Will save my stickers for Barry!

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  7. Julia Bloom says:

    Reblogged this on Golopomo and commented:
    Hey! Now maybe the kids will stop sticking these on each other! And one less little thing to go in the trash.

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