Protesters hang giant 'Post-it Note' off Mpls. bridge

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MINNEAPOLIS - Two protesters will likely face charges after dangling from a gigantic 'Post-it Note' they hung off the Washington Avenue Bridge near the University of Minnesota Monday.

The bright yellow banner was addressed to Minnesota-based 3M, in the guise of being a to-do list. In reality the banner served as an attack on the company for its use of the "Sustainable Forestry Initiative" (SFI) standard when acquiring paper, a standard protesters say is devastating to the environment, and forests especially.  

Checked off on the note were three things: Destroy forests, pollute communities and mislead customers with SFI.

The one unchecked item was this: Do the right thing.

The group behind the protest, Forestethics, alleges that 90 percent of 3M's Post-it line uses no recycled materials whatsoever. Forestethics spokesman Jim Ace says 3M needs to "stop using outdated practices, and clean up their act" when it comes to buying paper supplies that are eco-friendly.

Jean Sweeney said that "Forest Certification means paper comes from well-managed forests where trees are re-planted as a forest."

Sweeney is the vice president of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Operations at 3M."

3M is among the most acclaimed companies in the world for its stewardship of the environment. We consider our sustainability practices to be a core value of the company, and we take enormous pride in our commitment to the environment," Sweeney said in a statement.

Ace says the climbers who rappelled off the bridge are Twin Cities women, one from Minneapolis and one from St. Paul. They dangled off the bridge using rock climbing equipment, and were arrested by campus police when they came up.

They were taken to the Hennepin County Jail, and face charges of trespassing and potentially other crimes.

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