Poster board sales spike before national demonstrations. But what happens
to all the homemade signs after? They get tossed. “Every single trash can we passed was full to the brim with signs,” says local designer Mara Dixon, remembering the 2017 Women’s March in D.C. That May, with support from People’s Liberty, she, her brother John, and his girlfriend Claire Gerdsen launched PROtest, an online retailer that distributes a reusable, dry erase inflatable sign for an $8 shipping and handling fee. The idea: Reduce waste and support peaceful assembly. “You can’t really hurt someone, break something, or start a fire with a blow-up sign,” Dixon says. But act fast. There are less than 100 left in stock.
Weighing just 14 ounces, the Democracy Preservation Kit comes with the Democracy Preserver (an inflatable sign), three chisel-tip dry erase markers, and a carrying pouch.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce waste by reusing the Democracy Preserver at multiple protests. Just use soap and water to clean it between rallies. It’s made of recyclable vinyl, too. So if it gets damaged, don’t toss it in the trash. Recycle!
The Democracy Preserver’s check-valve design makes inflating and deflating easy. Breathe air into the exterior cap’s valve (on handle) to inflate, and open the interior cap (on sign) to let air escape when deflating.