While it’s best not to air one’s dirty laundry in a small town, turning bed sheets into banners can sometimes change not only minds, but also the world. Such was the case when the “women of Hollawint” decided to air their call for a pesticide-free future from the balconies, windows and fences of the 11 villages that make up the Italian municipality of Mals (pronounced ‘maltz’).

The women took as much care in wording their pleas as they did with stencilling the letters on the makeshift banners. Each banner called for a pesticide-free town, while avoiding negatively charged words that might ...


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