earth day | 4 ways to love paper AND the environment
It's no secret I love paper — and mail. Two things that aren’t too friendly with the environment. It is one of my business goals this year to be more sustainable and, as you can image, in the paper business this is going to take some creativity. Here are 4 (more) environment friendly options for your wedding invitations (or any paper goods) that I have researched this year. Please consider them when planning your next paper project!
Although it can be more expensive, there are several paper companies out there that provide post-consumer recycled paper products that are close to the same weight and quality feel as non-recycled paper. The Green Paper Company has one of my favorite selections.
Botanicle PaperWorks creates paper embedded with a variety of seeds that grow into flowers or herbs when planted. Choose from multiple wildflowers or culinary herbs, and include instructions on how your guests can use your wedding invitations for good.
DITCH THE RESPONSE CARD
While it pains me to say this (Morg and I had SO much fun receiving our RSVP’s in the mail — and I love the design element the response card can add to a complete suite), the least expensive option for brides on a budget is to ditch the extra piece of paper and instruct your guests to RSVP via your wedding website. This information can be added to the back or included at the bottom of your main invitation.
Greenerprinter.com is an online printer that uses soy and vegetable-based inks that are low in Volatile Organic Compounds. They stock a variety of recycled papers and are passionate about working in harmony with the planet. I have yet to use this source (I generally use a local printer for quality control) so I cannot vouch for quality (although the reviews are great!), but this is also a fairly economical option for brides interested in custom invitations.