Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Paper Holiday: Eco-Friendly — By Guest Aunt "Papergirl" Lyndsey

Hello friends! I’m back and ready with a slew of new and different holiday cards to inspire your imagination. Today, let’s talk about being green.

Of course, when I say “green,” I don’t mean your holiday cards need to be printed in forest or lime green ink – I mean finding an eco-friendly card solution! We all know how important it is to protect our environment even in little ways, and a great way to contribute is by sending green holiday cards this year.

I adore the woodgrain cards and gift tags by Night Owl Paper Goods (pictured above). This is a real wooden card, made from eco-friendly sustainably harvested yellow birch — and each one comes with a 100% recycled kraft envelope. They’re easy to write on in either pen or pencil, and are so unique and classy.

Another option for a green holiday card is this beautiful letterpressed card from Smock Paper. Smock Paper is powered by wind energy and prints all their stationery on paper made from sustainable, renewable bamboo — they’re actually the first company in the US to do so! This innovative artisan paper is the result of tons of research and work, and it shows.

Fugu Fugu Press is a letterpress studio based in my hometown of Pasadena, Calif., and they have a delightful little holiday offering this year. Fugu Fugu’s cards are printed on recycled white paper using soy-based inks, like this cute reindeer-bear.

Bird Dog Press is another eco-friendly company — their cards are printed on tree-less and post-consumer paper — some of which is even plant-able, so cool! — with soy ink, and they utilize alternative energy. Love this kraft paper card with metallic ink.

Of course, the greenest way to send holiday cards is to skip sending paper altogether — I DO love getting snail mail, but if you’re in a pinch [or run out of time] you’re still sure to show some style by using Paperless Post. You personalize a digital card, and your recipient receives an email link to digitally open a swanky envelope and read the card. Even on a computer screen, the stationery looks luxe and beautiful. I think it’s a great, quick way to send a nice card.

See how easy it is to be eco-chic this holiday? Be back soon with some of my all-time favorite holiday cards… xoxo

Find more from Lyndsey at The Stationery Place.

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Anonymous Cissy said...

That first photo is gorgeous. I might buy one to frame for Christmas decor.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:58:00 AM EST  
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Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 8:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Orangegirl93 said...

have been the lucky recipient of a wood grain card from Night Owl Paper Goods. They are as gorgeous in person as they are in the photo.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 8:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Lyndsey, that night owl card is so pretty. I want.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:28:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Tara @ Go Green Street said...

I absoutley love the card from Fugu Fugu Press. Thanks so much for sharing. I was searching for eco holiday cards and found your site!

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 3:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Anna M said...

oh please don't give up on snail mail in the name of being "green"!! (per the last suggestion)

That's too sad. It's not like the horrible junk mail being sent ad nauseam. I say forgo cutting down a tree to use for a couple of weeks instead of not sending cards.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger lyndsey | paper girl said...

gabrielle -- i LOVE that night owl card too. so gorgeous, and so cool that it's wood! the rest of their cards are equally amazing; i had a hard time picking just one!

and anna -- i'm totally with you. i looove getting snail mail. i think it's sadly becoming a lost art :(

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 10:00:00 PM EST  

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