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Eco Paper Resources & Ideas

I hope this gives you some more ideas and resources about what kind of eco paper resources out there.

Vert Yoko Chapman photo

The first zero-carbon wedding invitation line, Vert by Yoko Chapman uses 100 percent Forestry Stewardship Council-certified post-consumer recycled paper from a wind-generated mill, along with vegetable-based dyes, to create its waste-reducing flat-panel cards. A sheer wraparound band replaces invitation jackets, overlays, and mats, while embellished envelope flaps eliminate the need for additional paper liners.Vert by Yoko Chapman

Two Trick Pony photo

Oh hay! Saddle up with Two Trick Pony, a Boston-based stationer that keeps its environmental hoofprint petite by hand-printing all its paper goods (social correspondence, wedding invites, prints) on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper using water-based inks. Plus, single cards are packaged in biodegradable clear sleeves made from PLA film, making this equine-inclined paper purveyor a clear winner (or would that be "whinny"?) in the green department.Two Trick Pony

Delphine Press photo

Delphine Press has effortless elegance writ large on its letterpress paper goods, which are printed on 100 percent reclaimed-cotton paper with soy inks. The Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.-based design house also buys its envelopes and paper from mills that use 100 percent clean, renewable hydroelectric power or other certified-renewable energy sources. Stop by Delphine's online store to peruse its extensive offerings, and pick up a charming organic cotton tote while you're at it.Delphine Press

Ecojot photo

Made from acid- and chlorine-free 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper just north of the border, Ecojot's cheery, eye-poppingly vibrant assortment of journals, sketchbooks, notepads, wrapping paper, calendars, and folders draws its inspiration from the exquisite beauty of nature. Glues and inks are vegetable-based, while protective sleeves are derived from corn. And if that's not granola enough for you, the paper mill runs on landfill gas. The brother-and-sister duo of Mark and Carolyn Gavin also give a portion of proceeds to environmental causes.Ecojot

Madison Park Greetings photo

One of the nation's leading stationery companies, Madison Park Greetings showcases a slew of emerging and established artists, including Susie Ghahremani, Suling Wang, and Trish Kinsella (shown, left), with an ever-growing percentage of its wares printed in the United States on 100 percent FSC-certified paper stock with vegetable-based inks. For its new "Madison Park Green" line of greeting cards and blank notes, the company has abandoned plastic packaging for a recycled paper strip that binds the cards and envelopes together. Likewise, catalogs are printed on 100 percent recycled paper. Madison Park Greetings

Enormouschampion photo

The Brooklynites who make up Enormouschampion use 100 percent post-consumer paper for its affable brand of hipster cool, including its now-iconic "Our Love is Here to Stay" silkscreen print. A couple of stand-outs: Its series of whale-themed notecards and a houndstooth design that resolves into bunnies or bats on closer inspection. (Pictured, Enormouschampion's soon-to-be-available wooden animal silhouettes, made in the United States from sustainably grown hard maple.)Enormouschampion

Albertine Press photo

A letterpress print shop run by "sometime-architect" Shelley Barandes, Albertine Press produces its social stationery, invitations, journals, and coasters on 100 percent reclaimed cotton. Favorite designs include exuberant collages of antique stamps, textile patterns from around the world, and a trio of recycled pocket notebooks (stamped with retro images of a typewriter, light bulb, and pencil) to corral all your bright ideas.Albertine Press

Loop LLC photo

"Happy People, Healthy Planet" is Loop LLC's design- and earth-conscious mantra. Free-spirited hand-drawn designs (architectural boxes, clusters of bubbles, magnified snowflakes) by Philadelphia artist Elissa Barbieri grace 100 percent FSC-certified post-consumer recycled or kraft paper by way of soy-based inks. And it's a family affair at Loop: Barbieri roped in her mother to create "Doodlespark," a line of colored cards with swirling, organic designs.Loop LLC

SusyJack photo

Exuding bold, contemporary style, SusyJack uses 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper for all its paper offerings, which are printed and hand-assembled in the United States. We're particularly partial to Manhattan-based designer Susan Connor's statement-making 12-panel calenders and the cork-backed, clothespin-shaped desk clip made from reclaimed wood.SusyJack


Green Paper Company is making a difference, one sheet at a time, with its stylish range of soy-ink-printed notecards and gift wrap, available in both solids and prints. Its paper, made in the United States by environmentally responsible mills, contain 30 to 100 percent post-consumer recycled waste.Green Paper Company

Screech Owl Design photo

Named for a family of screech owls that live behind designers Jacqueline and George Schmidt's family cottage, Screech Owl Design pay tribute to mid-century modern aesthetics on recycled paper stock (is that an Eames chair we spy?) Wildlife is incongruously paired with household objects to electrifying results: A finch finds a perch on a fire-engine red rotary phone, a pheasant stands atop an enamel Dutch oven, and a grizzly paws curiously at a patchwork teddy bear.Screech Owl Design

Fugu Fugu Press photo

Located in Pasadena, Calif., Fugu Fugu Press (yes, like the infamous puffer fish) makes just about the cutest letterpress cards this side of the Rockies. Using soy-based ink on 100 percent post-consumer paper, Fugu Fugu's clean, unfussy illustrations pack powerful messages despite the twee imagery—what better way to express joy at a friend's pregnancy than with a card featuring a smiling baby inside a womb surrounded by hearts? Or your enormous gratitude than with a giant, grinning whale?Fugu Fugu Press

Whitelines photo

Whitelines may not look like much, but the Swedish import is one of the first—if not the first—stationers to use carbon-footprint labeling. All of Whitelines' utilitarian notebooks and notepads list their carbon footprint, and the company aims to become carbon-neutral by mid-2009 through a combination of reducing emissions and purchasing offsets. Sourced from managed forests in southern Sweden, the paper in Whitelines' products is milled in an FSC-certified plant that reuses carbon dioxide in a closed loop, which means it produces zero carbon emissions.Whitelines

Sycamore Street Press photo

Printed on a vintage letterpress using soy inks, Sycamore Street Press's recycled and reclaimed-cotton greeting cards, business cards, invitations, prints, bookplates, and frame mats are, in a word, stunning. The letterpress alphabet poster, printed in hues like watermelon pink and tangerine orange, is especially darling, as is the menagerie of folk-art-inspired beasties that lay claim to your library or utter sweet expressions of amore.Sycamore Street Press


August 28, 2009 - Posted by | 1, Sustainability |

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