These Come From Trees Sticker

These Come From Trees Sticker
This is the sticker we're hoping can save a couple hundred thousand trees a year. Amazing how the right message at the right time can make the difference.

Quick Facts about "These Come From Trees"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

These Come From Trees and K-12 Schools

The idea of "education" is a big piece of These Come From Trees. That is to say, at the end of the day, the individual stickers themselves are a quick, polite piece of instruction that help us all say "Oh, yeah, that's right. How much of these do I really need?" So it only makes sense that These Come From Trees stickers and schools would make a great team!

The These Come From Trees Education Challenge

A little more than a year ago, an enterprising student from Aragon High School up here in the Bay Area sent an email to us asking if we could provide him with complimentary stickers, as his school might not have the budget to buy stickers (and he, as a student, might not be able to navigate the ins and outs of purchasing via the school).

We thought it was a great idea, and not only did we set him up, but we opened up the offer more broadly to any K-12 organization interested. We call it the These Come From Trees Education Challenge.

All we ask is that the interested participant:
  • Figure out how many stickers they need for their school (How many paper towel dispensers in how many bathrooms? How many photocopiers?)
  • Make sure that they get permission from their principal or facilities administrator.
  • Submit your information using this web form to get the ball rolling!
Since then, we've had hundreds of schools reach out to us to take advantage of this Challenge. With great success, with reports of up 30% reduction in paper towel usage!

Lesson Plans for These Come From Trees

At the same time, there are some opportunities that can take a good idea, like These Come From Trees at your school, and make it better.

I asked some of the teachers who had taken advantage of our Education Challenge what they did to make the experience even more educational, and these were some of the ideas that they came back with. Maybe you can take advantage at your own school?

  • Document your deployment of TCFT Stickers: Take pictures of your class deploying them. Maybe even video. Put together a video of your class deploying the stickers and publish it to YouTube. We'll embed it in this blog!

  • Or even create your own blog: Take the pictures you took, and publish them on your own blog. We'll link to you!

  • What about making a lesson out of the stickers, even aside from the deployment?

  • Conservation: Do a lesson around how "Reduce" can be as big a part of conservation as "Recycle." What else can be reduced even before we have a chance to recycle it?

  • Math: Can you do experiments around how much paper the stickers are saving? Test before and after they go up. Do estimations of how many paper towels get used at your school, in your district, in your state. Do estimations of how many paper towels could be saved in your school, district, and state. How many trees is that?

  • Business: Explain the idea of "return on investment" and how using some paper now (the sticker) can save more later. How long until the investment is paid back? How about for your whole school?
The more detailed writeup is available below. Most of all, let us know what you did, by emailing us at or by commenting on this post! And when you're ready to put up These Come From Trees stickers at your school, let us know!

These Come From Trees Lesson Plans These Come From Trees Lesson Plans petekazanjy Lesson plans for using These Come From Trees in a classroom.


Jenny P. said...

The Environmental Action Club at my high school (Amherst Regional) would love to put these stickers on all of the paper towel dispensers and photocopiers in our school. I saw your Education Challenge and was wondering who to contact to receive complimentary stickers. I know we have at least 50 dispensers/photocopiers, so that would be a good amount to start with.
Thanks so much,
Jenny P.

Pete Kazanjy said...

Just email to !

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Mrs.Roberts said...

Thanks so much for what you are doing. I have a favor to ask. Because you have your lesson plans placed on, our school web server has them blocked as adult/pornographic content. They will not unblock scribd because (other than your document) there is apparently adult content on there. Is there any way that you can post your plans to teachertube, which is accessible on our server. Thanks

Mrs.Roberts said...

I am just confirming that you received my request for stickers to participate in the K-12 Challenge. I filled out the digital form on your website requesting 200 stickers. I teach high school biology and my students are very excited about placing the stickers and documenting the results. Thanks for doing what you do and offering the chance for schools to participate. It is awesome! You can reach me at

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We've been really trying to save paper in our business too. For example, we FAX many of our documents instead of print and mail. This saves trees and fuel costs.

Combined Resources said...

Protecting our environment is really important and we all must do our part. Make sure to recycle any extra paper used, too often it is protect the tress with trees (paper) as the medium for trying to raise awareness.

David Kirwin said...

As a facility manager for an urban HS with over 3000 teens I can see the benefit of the stickers on both paper towel dispensers and copy machines. However stickers do not look new for long, especially in a high school bathroom.

Can you tell me what kind of adhesive was chosen for these stickers, and what kind of ink or coating is on the surface? Are they easily removable for replacement if they become part of a graffiti action or damaged by cleaning products?

Thank you.
I can be reached at

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