Date: November 17, 2008 |
The holidays are prime time for gift giving, from cards to beautifully wrapped presents. This adds up to a lot of paper use, and unfortunately most is simply thrown away once the festivities have ended. It’s time to go green with your holiday cards and wrapping paper, but thankfully this no longer means wrapping gifts with old newspaper or brown paper sacks. Many companies have accepted the challenge and created inspiring papers and cards made from recycled materials and even soy and ink dyes. We’ve compiled several of our favorites here in the hope you will make the change this year and see how stylish recycling can be.
Wrapping Paper and Cards
From The Container Store, these rolls of wrapping paper are just as striking as traditional papers, and are made from recycled materials and post-consumer waste. The green motif and red-and-white design are by Gift Wrap Wonderland and are made with 35-percent recycled materials and 10 percent post-consumer waste. The light blue paper with dogs is by Fish Lips Paper Designs and is made of 100-percent recycled paper and printed with soy and vegetable inks.
Whether sending your annual family Christmas card or an invitation to a holiday party, look to these stationery lines for Earth-friendly options. From William Arthur, which purchases their wood pulp papers exclusively from suppliers practicing good forestry management and utilizing the best harvesting practices, this vibrant red flower is delicately cut out for amazing depth, while this cream card, also from William Arthur, boasts embossed botanical shapes with tidings of good joy, and both can be pre-printed with your personal message inside. Set the tone for your party with a festive invitation by Bella Ink Designs like this long rectangular one, or if you’re the guest, treat your hostess to a thank-you with this chic gift card holder, also from Bella Ink Designs. All of Bella Ink Designs’ invitations and note cards are printed on paper from Domtar’s EarthChoice family of paper, which are Forest Stewardship Council certified and Sustainable Forest Initiative certified, elemental chlorine free and lignin free, and the papers contain 10 percent post-consumer fiber. Made from 50 percent sugarcane by-products and 50 percent recycled paper, no new trees were cut down to make this wood grain-inspired card from Hallmark.
The fold-out Ho Ho Ho card from Hallmark is bright and cheery and made from recycled paper, while the wooden gift tags from The Container Store are made of 100-percent recycled wood.
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