Post-it | organize and prioritize

Post-it is an American paper stationery brand that was founded in 1980. Original Post-it Notes were small, yellow squares. Today, Post-its come in many different shapes, colours and sizes.

Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist form the United States, created “low-tack” in 1968. Low-tack was a form of adhesive that could be reused, and it was pressure-sensitive. In 1974, a man named Art Fry (who knew Silver) decided to use Silver’s low-tack adhesive to keep his bookmark in place, and the idea for Post-it Notes was born.

The original Post-it Notes were yellow because "the lab next door"  only had yellow scrap paper. The original yellow Post-it Notes were called “Press ‘n Peels” in stores, but they didn't seem to interest people when they were first introduced in 1977. In 1980 they were re-introduced as Post-it Notes, and by the next year they were being sold internationally.

The Post-it brand is owned by 3M, an American company based out of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fun facts:

  • Post-it Notes can be recycled (even with the adhesive).
  • 3M has cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 62% since 1990.


According to brand marketing, Post-it notes help “organize and prioritize at home, school or the office.” You can get the original yellow Post-it—lined or unlined—or you can add a splash of colour to your stationary collection!

Popular Post-it products include the following:

  • Super Sticky Notes
  • Pop Up Page Markers
  • Purse-Shaped Pop Up Dispenser
  • Tabs/Filing Tabs
  • Flags
  • Flag Highlighter
  • Lined Post-it Notes

Post-it even has a line of Greener Notes that are made from 100% recycled paper and a plant-based adhesive.

For additional information, click here to visit Post-it's official website.