Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do I have to get my town/city’s approval each year?

YES, if you are “Tealing” your town/city, you do need to get approval (we provide you with the letter). These ribbons represent Turn The Towns Teal®, and we need this for your protection as well as ours.


2. I just can’t “Teal” my town center, but HOW can I help?

You can put a ribbon on your mailbox or lamp post and hopefully ask your neighbors to do the same. If the ribbons are on private property, you do NOT need the approval letter from your town, AND they don’t have to be removed at the end of Sept. (On a personal note, my ribbons are on the luggage rack of my car and in my trees ALL year!) Please see # 4 for more ideas.


3. How much ribbon in each roll?

Each roll of ribbon has 70 yards. For those making bows a roll makes 14-18 bows. (When making bows, pls. remember to leave a “tail” so that people can read what the ribbon represents.) Please go to the photo section of our website to get additional ideas.


4. My town will not permit ribbons. How can I participate?

(Even though our ribbons are biodegrable, some towns have ordinances prohibiting signs, ribbons, etc.)

  • You can always “Teal” your neighborhood. Please be sure to ask your neighors’ permission and also hand them a symptom card.
  • Your local businesses, health clubs, YMCAs, beauty/nail salons, library, etc. are ALL places that would be good to have our symptom cards and a ribbon.
  • Some of our volunteers have “Tealed” their offices, cafeterias, parking lots, etc.
  • If you’re taking an exercise and/or yoga class, you can hand a symptom card to each woman attending.

Share your ideas with us and we’ll put them on our Teal Tuesday Facebook post.


5. How can I keep my ribbons from slipping down on the tree trunks?

It’s always a good idea to double knot the ribbon securing it tightly; so it’s helpful if 2 people “Teal” ….i.e. one holding the roll of ribbon while the other ties the knots. Please remember NOT to staple the ribbons onto the trees.


6. What do I do if my town requests that I get a Hold Harmless form signed?

We do not sign these as our attorney would have to review each request. We don’t get many requests for this, but we simply cannot incur the legal fees that would be involved.