Monday, April 26, 2010

Green printing tip no. 42: How to green your wedding with eco-friendly wedding invitations?

We are back today with a new tip on our weekly series of green printing tips, where we bring you information on green printing in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer.

Today Greg is talking about weddings and how you can you can make your wedding unique and eco-friendly, starting with the invitation.

How to green your wedding with environmental wedding invitations?

Tip #42

Many couples want to have their day be environmental as well as beautiful. They ask us what we would recommend.

I tell them they can print their wedding invitations on 100% recycled paper or Tree Free paper, and have them printed using soy inks.

We stock both 100% Post-Consumer Waste Recycled Paper and Tree Free Paper in both white and natural, earth colors. We print with Soy Based inks, and we feature Green E energy, and low VOC (volatile organic compounds).

We have added a few other papers that have been used for weddings. One is Seed paper. There are seeds embedded in the 100% PCW recycled paper, and the invitations can be planted in the garden and Wild Flowers will grow.

Also, we have paper made from Limestone and Minerals (Rock Paper) called TerraSkin that is a waterproof stock that looks like a dull coated paper and was used to print a 4-color invitation.

Other paper options include Bamboo, Hemp, Sugar Cane, Lemon, Coffee, Banana and Mango
papers. These options are mixed with Post-Consumer fiber, and are considered tree free.

The normal wedding invitation set includes a 5 x 7 invitation, 4.125 x 5.5 reply card, and envelopes that are 5.25 x 7.25 and 4.375 x 5.5.

Direction cards, and Seating Cards and Save The Date Cards can be added to complete your environmental wedding invitations.

A set of invitations, using 100% Post-Consumer Recycled paper and 1 color, black soy inks cost approximately $450. That would be for up to 225 sets. Seed paper invitations might run 3-4 times this price. Bamboo or Sugar Cane is approximately $650.

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Raz @ Eco-Libris

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