October 15, 2007

Eco-Friendly Stationery & Invitations

Reusing, re-purposing and recycling were things I was taught to do at a young age and so I am pleased to participate in Blog Action Day. I thought it would be interesting to talk about some of the environmentally friendly lines of stationery that we carry. I think finding attractive and environmentally conscious stationery items can be a challenge for some people. Here are a few lines that make being green look good.

I'll start with our most notable eco-friendly vendor, Crane & Co.

Known for their fine papers for over 200 years, Crane's environmental efforts have been recognized by environmental organizations and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Crane has been aggressive with waste reduction for decades - "long before it became fashionable or required by law". From their Philosophy:

We've said it before, but it bears repeating: We don't cut down trees to make Crane papers. Crane's social and business papers are made from 100% recovered cotton fibers. These fibers are almost pure cellulose, as compared to those from trees, which are less than half. This means that cotton fibers require fewer chemicals and produce far less waste than papers made from trees. And, cotton fibers make the best paper in the world.
William Arthur takes great pride in partnering with environmentally minded paper companies who practice conscientious forest management.

Their envelope, cover and Bristol weight papers are 100% wood pulp; however, their text stationery is comprised of 75% wood pulp, 25% cotton.

Checkerboard is another company dedicated to reducing their impact on the environment.

Their products are produced on 30 – 60% recycled paper (15% Post Consumer and 15-30% Pre Consumer). Checkerboard also uses sophisticated pre-press technology that significantly reduces the waste stream generated by traditional printing methods and they adhere to a strict in-plant recycling program. All right!

Going green is a trend that I am happy to see sweep the stationery industry. At the office, we try to reduce our impact. We re-purpose stationery for scratch paper, re-use blank envelopes and have a station for collecting paper for recycling. Each employee is given a water bottle on their first day to cut back on the waste produced by paper cups. We ARE still using paper cups for coffee; however, a number of us (or those who have been here long enough to receive an official FSC coffee mug) bring our own cups.

We also listen to what you have to say. There has been a high demand for more eco-friendly products and we plan to deliver! I can't say too much, but I will let you know that we do have an AMAZING line of green items coming on very, very soon so stay tuned for a special feature in the coming days!

Edit (1/23/08) We also carry a line of stationery called Grey's Greetings. Grey's Greetings is an environmentally friendly line of stationery. The designs in their cards are printed on 100% recycled paper using soy based ink and are printed at a facility certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Edit (4/8/08) Bonnie Marcus Collection has GONE GREEN! Their stationery is now printed on Recycled Paper, containing 30% Post Consumer Waste Fiber. Only the cleanest, highest quality post consumer waste fibers are used. Committed to the environment, their paper is also manufactured using Green-e certified renewable wind-generated electricity. Bonnie Marcus Collection also supports responsible use of forest resources using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified papers.