Tats. Tags. Style.


putting on the XO for the biosphereAdd the XO (as the human and the Earth) or XOE to your clothing, skin*, belongings, words, art and media to show that you take 2 or more eco actions every day — and to help manifest a bold Team XOEarth.

Taking a public and united stand for the biosphere is crucial. It encourages others to join us in this mission to save our ailing planet. It also cheers on our ecological team. Or as we say, our Team XOEarth! So let’s get millions of eco citizens to put on the XO or XOE — Kiss Green, Hug Blue!!!!

To Rep XOEarth ::
Use blue or green pens, markers, paint or embroidery to put the XO on clothing and belongings.
Use ballpoint pens or eyeliner to put the XO on the skin – because they are non-toxic by law. More info under Ink.
Take 2 or more ecological actions every day to protect our exquisite biosphere.

Bonus Points ::
Like and share XO Earth Facebook goodies.
Add the XO or XOE to your blog entries, emails, art, words, media or performances that you create or share.
Help your friends draw, paint or sew a blue or green XO (with the human as the X, and the Earth as the O) on their clothing, personal belongings, skin* (temporary tattoo) and/or on an XO bracelet, necklace or headband that you make.
Signup for the monthly XO Earth Newsletter.
Print and sign the XO Earth member card, and print cards to give to friends.
Make XOEarth bracelets, necklaces, headbands and flags with strips of fabric and markers. See our Bracelet instructions below.
Add your name inside the O to make a rad XO signature or autograph. Put your XO signature on letters or things. Also, give people your XO signature for doing nice things for the planet.

Put on an extra XO when you take an extra eco action.
Check out these superb ways to score 2 or more actions for the planet below.
Join XOEarth VOX for ecological creatives & fans.
Get an XO Earth Credit/$ at participating stores.
Tag the XOs you wear with words about your actions, XOEarth.org, eco org names and quotes.
Join one of the XO Earth Guilds — Music, Art or Word – leverage your eco talent.
Honor friends for their eco actions with XOs, XOEarth kisses, handshakes and art.

Welcome to the Team XOEarth! Thanks for pledging to take 2 or more eco actions every day, and taking a visible and verbal stand as a human loving the Earth! For all the life, XOXOE


  Ink.

putting on the XO for the biospherePermanent markers are usually the best for marking clothing and personal things. When washing clothes with a new XO on them, try not to overload the washer so the clothes can move around freely. This keeps the ink from transferring to another part of the clothing by pressing up against it for too long.

Regular ballpoint ink pens are the best for temporary tattoos on the skin as they are non-toxic* by law — according to several sources. Search Google for ballpoint pen ink and non-toxic.

Ballpoint pen ink stays on the skin longer than permanent markers too. The bigger the ball in the ballpoint pen, the easier the ink will flow.

Blue and green eyeliner make best temporary tattoos – according to XOEarth Man. He uses Wet N Wild Coloricon.

Non-toxic water based pastels make nice temporary tattoos too. Creta Color water based pastels are non-toxic.

Regular oil based ballpoint pens usually work ok on clothing. Water-based rollerballs and gel pens often do not work so well because they may fade and wash out of clothing.

Green ballpoint pens and markers can be found at office and art supply stores — a green X and a blue planet looks great.

To make an XO patch to sew on your clothing, first draw the XO on a piece of non-stretchy fabric or canvas. The patch can be sewn, safety-pinned, or buttoned-on.


  Bracelet.

XO Earth bracelets, necklaces, headbands, anklets or backpack flags can be made from various fabrics. Draw a green and/or blue XO (as the human and the Earth) on the ends if you want to.

A great way to make XO Earth Bracelets, Necklaces and Headbands is to spin a green and a blue piece of yarn together and then tie the ends. To determine the yarn lengths, stretch the yarn from the heart to the hand of the person for which the bracelet is being made for, while saying, “this bracelet helps connect your heart knowledge to your hands actions”.

Another way to make XO Earth Bracelets, Necklaces and Headbands is to cut old blue or green t-shirt or other fabric or material into strips about 1/2 meter long and 50 millimeters wide. Spin the material a few times so it is rope like. Then tie the ends together with a square knot. The bracelet will go around the wrist two to four times. Email us for pics and instructions if you want.

putting on the XO for the biosphere

A way to use shorter stretchy strips of material is to use a single overhand slip-knot to tie the ends together. Then pull on the unknotted end of the material to tighten it around a wrist.

To turn wrapping ribbon into an XO Earth bracelet, just spin one meter of blue or green ribbon about a hundred times so it goes from flat ribbon into a string. Tie the ends together and then wrap around the wrist several times.

Another way to make a nice, soft XO Earth Bracelet is to wrap and tie a blue, green or multicolored knitting ribbon around the wrist. Soft, flexible ribbon can be found at knitting stores, and sometimes at fabric and crafts stores.

XO Earth bracelets that go around the wrist or neck 4 times can represent the 4 basic ways to help the Earth — Team, Art, Logic and Love — from the XO Earth Pledge.

For a necklace or backpack flag, tie it on with one or two overhand knots.

So put on your XO Earth bracelet, necklace, headband, anklet or flag to show that you take actions for the planet every day, and to invite others to take eco actions too.

Carry extra fabric and markers to make bracelets for friends where ever you are. Big XO flags and banners can be made with the same materials.
Make a donation to XO Earth and we will make and send you a free bracelet, necklace and headband.


  Bandana.

for all the life that loves to liveMake a bandana or a flag to reward eco actions for eco friend. Fly it for the biosphere and for life.

More and more citizens are taking a visible stand in public for the protection of our planet and for sustainable peace.

We invite you to join us in support of this critical movement by making or printing out bandanas and flags and signs that you can wear and “fly” in order to “become the media” as well. In some ways, it’s a fight against the flood of materialistic ads and logos that are drowning our society

Wear and fly your bandana in as many locations as possible – such as at home, at work, on their car, and on a backpack.

With cloth, cardboard, or computer, create a bandana or flag to inspire others to join in actions for planet and peace and to be become a hero for millions of life-forms. If you want to hand-make a bandana or flag, choose or write some eco art, a message or a design onto a piece of non-stretchy, light-colored cotton fabric from an old shirt, sheet, or other clothing, with permanent markers. Some permanent markers run or fade. Tacking the fabric to a piece of cardboard can make writing the message easier.

Make big and little bandanas or flags ::
• to wear on your head or clothing,
• to fly in your yard,
• for your front home window or your car,
• for your backpack or t-shirt,
• for your work, party and formal clothes.

If you have made a cloth flag, you can attach the flag to a cord or string and then tie it between two poles or trees (prayer-flag style) or attached to a diagonal flagpole. “Middle of the string” loop knots that can be tied to the corners of the flags include the clove hitch, the better rolling hitch, and the strong, tightest constrictor hitch. To create an adjustable knot that you can to tie the two ends to a pole check out the midshipmans hitch/tautline.

Flying several XOEarth flags on a line in prayer-flag style is a powerful way to invite friends and neighbors to join in positive actions for our planet. Eco slogans and quotes can make a good flag. Addressing a current environmental issue, governmental action or environmental campaign on your flags is great too.

Greenpeace, Sierra Club, NRDC, and Environmental Defense.

For more ideas, see Rainforest Action Network, World Wildlife Fund and Audubon.

Once you have made or printed your flag, “fly” it in your front yard, on your car dash, in your front window, on your clothes, on your backpack, at work, and anywhere else to help inform and motivate your community.

Flags that call for specific action can be good motivators. Flags with general messages such as “One Planet, One Future”, “We All Live Downstream”, “Earth Patriot”, “Good Planets Are Hard To Find”, and “Live Simply That Millions May Simply Live” are good too.

Check out our collection of *environmental quotes* for other ideas for your enviro-media flag. These quotes can make beautiful flags that reflect the prayer flag style.

We welcome anyone who creates a an enviro-media flag to post it on XOEarth Facebook page to help inspire others to make one too.

Getting your friends and family together to make eco flags can be a great way to inform, motivate and have fun.

Every day each of us has either a positive or negative effect on the environmental actions of others. By not making our environmental commitments known to others, we appear to be saying that we are endorsing the anti-environment status quo. So fly your eco flags today and team up with other planet defenders as well.


  Imagine.

Imagine… hundreds of people put on an XO (with the human as the X, and Earth as the O) to affirm their love for this exquisite planet, and to show their commitment to protect it every day.

Imagine… thousands of people who see the eco XO want to wear one too to show their love for this superb planet, and because they want to start doing their share to protect it too.

Imagine… millions of people put on the XO to show they have started taking actions every day to help protect this magical planet, and to help build a truely “ecological society”.

Countless consumers and fans put on the logos of their favorite corporate and sports “teams” that they support. To help manifest the momentum needed to protect our planet’s future, we need millions of ecological citizens to put on symbols (such as the XO) and messages in support of *Team Earth*.

So get a blue or green ink pen, marker, or needle and thread, and draw or sew the XO (with a human X and Earth O) on your clothes, personal belongings, skin* (as a temporary tattoo) and/or an XO bracelet, necklace or headband to show others that you are proud to be a human (X) loving the Earth (O) with your eco actions.

* Ballpoint pens and eyeliner are safe for the temporary tattoos as they are non-toxic by US law — see the Ink section.

Yesssss… let’s make it fashionable to take eco actions every day for our sweet and rare, blue and green home.

For all the life that loves to live, Stele Ely
Director


  Word.


Word up XOEarth with friends by saying, “XO Earth is looking for a million people to put on the XO… the human and the planet… to show that they are taking 1 or more actions for the planet every day. Because we need a bolder Team Earth… we need a more visible ecological society.”

Then maybe say, “If you take 1 or more actions for planet every day, it would be great to show others that you do so by wearing the XO on your clothing, skin (as a temporary tattoo), belongings or on a bracelet. I can help you put on the XO — the eco hugs and kisses — if you want to.”

Next, “Or, if you would like to pledge to take 1 or more actions for planet every day, I can help you put on the XO.”

Then, “It’s crucial that there are symbols we can put on to show that we are on Team Earth to get others to join Team Earth too… especially when so many corporations and sports teams are getting people to put on logos that call for materialism or elitism.”

Finally say, “So would you like to join XO Earth… Team Earth… to help empower this movement to defend our exquisite biosphere worldwide?”

XO Earth love letters to the planet is another way to word up XO. Write and post the love letters that say how you love the Earth on bulletin boards, blogs, refrigerators, in emails and beyond. Just another great way help can help inspire peace and love worldwide.

Some businesses are now giving a XO Earth Credit/ discount to XO Earth members who give them an XO Earth love letter that they have written.


  Card.

Check out this version of the XO Earth member card below. Print it, sign it and show it to others, and give away a bunch that are un-signed too.

front of card – click to print

There are 3 print page choices ::

#4 The XO Earth member card print-page #4 has 4 cards on each print page. To make the cards, cut the printed page in quarters. Then fold each quarter in half to create four 2-sided cards. Pick out 1 of the cards for yourself and give the rest to others. >>

#8 The XO Earth member card print-page #8 has 8 cards on each print page. However, you will have to run the paper through your printer twice — or use a printer that prints on both sides. This page can also be used to print only the front or the back of the card. >>

#10 The XO Earth member card print-page #10 has 10 cards on each print page. However, your printer and browser combo must be capable to do it, and the top and bottom margins need to be set to zero. Internet Explorer does 10-up pretty well. >>

front of card – click to print

Here is a page with tips for printing these cards.

So have fun showing you take 1 or more eco actions every day by flashing your XO Earth member card everywhere.   print-page #4 >>


  2.

For some ultra fine ways to score 2 (an X and an O) for the biosphere every day, check out the resources from these environmental organizations.

XOEarth (our own)
Sierra Club
Wilderness Society
Sea Shepherd
World Wildlife Fund
Union of Concerned Scientists
NRDC
Environmental Defense
The Nature Conservancy
Greenpeace
Earth Island

Writing the names of your favorite eco orgs along with the XO is awesome too.



The *Big XO Earth / 1 Percent For The Earth Pledge* is an optional pledge that members can use to track their XO eco actions. Feel free to print it, sign it, post it at home, work and beyond. 


  Sig.

putting on the XO for the biosphereWhen writing blogs, emails, text messages and other wordzy things, add XOE or XOXOE to your signature to show that you take an eco action every day.

Plus, it’s also nice to make tag flavors that show that you like to take specific eco actions. For example, the XOecofx tag shows that you estimate the ecofx of products to see if the personal benefit outweighs the environmental impact. See XOEarth ecofx for more.

So let’s get the XOE and other tag flavors out there so people that see our stuff know we are taking eco actions everyday.

Other XO tag flavors include XOE, XOEarth, XOXOEarth and XOEarth.org.


  News.

> Bill Clinton: We Ought to Have a Tattoo Test
“The more people with visible, impressive tattoos who advocate green energy and understand what it does for a country’s economy, what it does for its country’s independence and what it does in the fight against climate change, the more we’re going to have success in Washington, D.C. Think about the tattoos. You win the tattoo vote, we’ll have the damnedest environmental policy you ever saw.” Read more temporary tattoos >>

Stele says, “Ok Bill, sport a XO Earth temporary tattoo nowz’r.” >>

> Print the Occupy Your Talent, Occupy Your Skill pledge as cards or full pages here.

These XO Occupy pledge cards and fliers say, “As a ____ of Occupy ____ ,
I am ____ to take ____ actions & be a ____ voice
for a compassionate society, our exquisite biosphere,
economic equity & humane treatment of all life.
Moreover — I am ____ to share my skills and talents
every ____ to help manifest these ____ Occupy goals,
to take a ____ stand in public, and help create ____ media
that invites others to join us in these actions.
________
signature / talents & skills / occupywallst.org

Post your Occupy Talent and Skill affirmation to your Facebook page.

> Signup for the XOEarth Newsletter — a monthly update.

> This month’s suggested XOEarth Actions are found at SierraClub.org.

> When you post pics or posts on YOUR Facebook page, and tag the post with @XOEarth to win a better planet and maybe win some cool XOEarth stuff. You have already joined our XOEarth Facebook page – right?

> The XO Earth Music, Art and Word Guilds is another idea. All eco conscious musicians, artists and writers/ wordsmiths are invited to join one of the guilds today. These membership cards are still in ‘beta’. Musicians can print these Music Guild logos too.


  Edu.

XO Earth is a good way for adults, students, teachers and kids to work together for the planet, to promote school spirit, to support peace, and raise money for environmental clubs.

Art, photography and media students are invited to design and post new XO Earth designs, stories and video links our XOEarth Facebook. The coolest ideas will be added here and on the XO Earth home page.

Contact us for club and school materials, or if you would like us to come speak to your group.

Plus, XOEarth Honors is a project that students, teachers and others in environmental education can use for Clubs, environmental awards and Opps.

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  Credit / $.

We are working on an XO Earth Credit and discount to be given by *participating businesses* to XO Earth members who are wearing the XO bring and bring in a *Love letter to the Earth* that they have written describing an eco action(s) they have taken in the last week.

XO Earth Credits may include a discount, handshake, kiss, words and/or other arts.

If you run an eco conscious business, please join us. Our business invitation is coming soon.

To receive an XO Earth Credit at *participating businesses*::

1/ Wear the XO (as the human and the Earth) to show others that you are taking one or more actions for the planet every day.
2/ Give the business a *Love letter to the Earth* that you have written, signed and dated that describes one or more eco actions that you have taken for the planet in the last week.
3/ Have your XO Earth membership card with you.

*Participating Businesses* will have the XO Earth Credit sign posted in their store window or inside.


  Store.

Donating money to us and then making your own XO shirts from shirts you already have is better for us and the planet. However, contact us if you want to buy our awesome t-shirts, gear, posters and other goodies!

Plus, contact us if you want us to make some custom XOEarth gear for your eco warrior work!


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  • SteleEly Post author

    GREEN FLAGS

    Make a green flag, fly it for the biosphere and for life.

    There is a growing grassroots movement of citizens that are taking a visible stand in public for the protection of our planet and for sustainable peace.

    We invite you to join us in support of this critical movement by making or printing out flags and signs that you can "fly" in order to "become the media" as well. In some ways, it's a fight against the flood of materialistic ads and logos that are drowning our society

    Fly your flag in as many locations as possible – such as at home, at work, on their car, and on a backpack.

    With cloth, cardboard, or computer, create a flag to inspire others to join in actions for planet and peace and to be become a hero for millions of life-forms.

    If you want to hand-make a cloth flag, choose or write some eco art, a message or a design onto a piece of non-stretchy, light-colored cotton fabric from an old shirt, sheet, or other clothing, with permanent markers. Some permanent markers run or fade. Tacking the fabric to a piece of cardboard can make writing the message on the flag easier.

    The size of the flag you make will depend on whether it is:
    • A big flag for your yard,
    • A cardboard flag for your front home window or your car,
    • On a t-shirt or backpack,
    • A small triangular flag for your lapel.

    If you have made a cloth flag, you can attach the flag to a cord or string and then tie it between two poles or trees (prayer-flag style) or attached to a diagonal flagpole. "Middle of the string" loop knots that can be tied to the corners of the flags include the clove hitch, the better rolling hitch, and the strong, tightest constrictor hitch. To create an adjustable knot that you can to tie the two ends to a pole check out the midshipmans hitch/tautline.

    Flying several EarthE flags on a line in prayer-flag style is a powerful way to invite friends and neighbors to join in positive actions for our planet.

    Eco slogans and quotes can make a good flag. Addressing a current environmental issue, governmental action or environmental campaign on your flags is great too.

    If you make a good looking flag, take a picture and share it with others on our XOEarth Facebook page.

    Check out these websites that include some great pictures of other flags and signs. Greenpeace, Sierra Club, NRDC, and Environmental Defense.

    For more ideas, see Rainforest Action Network, World Wildlife Fund, I, and Audubon.

    Once you have made or printed your flag, "fly" it in your front yard, on your car dash, in your front window, on your clothes, on your backpack, at work, and anywhere else to help inform and motivate your community. Flags that call for specific action can be good motivators. Flags with general messages such as "One Planet, One Future", "We All Live Downstream", "Earth Patriot", "Good Planets Are Hard To Find", and "Live Simply That Millions May Simply Live" are good too.

    Check out our collection of *environmental quotes* for other ideas for your enviro-media flag. These quotes can make beautiful flags that reflect the prayer flag style.

    If you are not sure how to word a flag message, ask us and the EarthE community what they think on our Facebook.

    We welcome anyone who creates a an enviro-media flag to post it on EarthE Honors Facebook page to help inspire others to make one too.

    Getting your friends and family together to make eco flags can be a great way to inform, motivate and have fun.

    Every day each of us has either a positive or negative effect on the environmental actions of others. By not making our environmental commitments known to others, we appear to be saying that we are endorsing the anti-environment status quo. So fly your eco flags today and team up with other planet defenders as well.