Bicycles central to new ‘Think green’ stamp sheet

Fiets centraal op nieuw postzegelvel ‘Denk groen’

The Hague, 25 April 2016 - PostNL issues stamps with the ‘Think green’ theme today. The design for the stamps was chosen by PostEurop, the organisation in which 52 European postal companies collaborate. The ‘Think green’ stamp sheet comprises an international stamp with a paint roller that paints the world green and a national stamp that portrays the Netherlands as bicycle country.

The cooperating postal companies in Europe have been publishing stamps with a common theme since 1956. This has taken place via PostEurop since 1993.

Paint roller colours the world green

The paint roller design is the winning submission from the ‘Think green’ design competition. From the 24 submissions, PostEurop selected the Cypriot design by Doxia Sergidou. This image shows how a hand with a paint roller paints the world green. Bleak houses and dark clouds make room for a green landscape with trees, birds, sustainable buildings and windmills.

Bicycle as green element

For the Dutch interpretation of the stamp sheet, PostNL gave designers Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma the assignment to design an iconic, green Dutch image. “We quickly agreed on the bicycle. What could be greener and more Dutch than a bicycle?”, said Scholma. They chose a Dutch-made lightweight green bicycle with solar-charged bicycle lights. “In the design, the fresh colours of yellow cornfields and the blue sky overlap each other, Creating a green surface.”, explained Beukers.


The ‘Think green’ stamp sheet comprises ten International stamps with two different images. These stamps are marked ‘Internationaal 1’ and are intended for mail items up to 20 g with worldwide destinations. The stamps will be available at all Bruna stores as well as via The stamps are valid until further notice.