Being one who often describes themselves as being “from the internet,” you might think that the idea of handwritten… well, anything is lost on me.
I am an avid collector of stationery, notecards, and have a healthy obsession with office supplies and paper products. I have searched around and assembled my favorite earth-friendly notecards for every occasion, ready for you to reclaim the art of letter writing without eco-guilt.
Lulu Powers Stationery
Lulu is my new guru. She is a fantastic caterer, chef, at-home entertainer, and designer. I discovered her when I started following her curated shop on OpenSky (she has amazing taste!). She recently collaborated with Cocodot to create a beautiful, vibrant line on note cards that are perfect for invitations, thank you notes, menus, sweet messages, or place cards.
(Click the image to enlarge – these are so beautiful, it’s incredible!)
Cocodot’s services allow you to personalize and label your notecards, which keep the personal touch strong without sacrificing design. The cards are printed with non-toxic ink on 30% post-consumer content. You’re definitely sacrificing a little bit of eco-awareness for design here, but the aesthetic value of these cards is tremendous. See all of Lulu’s designs here.
Poo Poo Paper
Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t, but Poo Poo Paper is on the rise. This particular poo poo comes from elephants, and uses the grass and other fibrous materials found in their dung to create a pulp that then produces this wonderfully eco-friendly paper. (Saying “poo poo” makes me feel like a suburban mother! Weird feeling!)
Can you believe something so beautiful could be made out of poop? Seriously! Their range of stationery, notebooks, and journals are adorable. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go right back to elephant welfare & conservation funds, allowing them to get regular care and food, and you know what elephants + food equals, don’t you..? So the cycle continues! (Oh, and Poo Poo Paper is scent free, if you, um, catch my drift…)
Night Owl Paper Goods
A piece of light, beautifully grained Birch wood; a deep, warm colored slice of Cherry wood… these might not strike many as the perfect space for a sweet note, but for Night Owl Paper Goods, it’s the best possible spot! They buy wood from sustainable-yield harvesting companies, and create beautiful note cards, gift tags, and even business cards that will be sure to leave a lasting impression on their recipient.
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Letterpresses and hand-drawn designs are the specialties of the two brains behind this “Owlabama” operation. One single log can produce thousands of these adorable cards – even more wooden cards than sheets of paper! Plus, these are fully biodegradable and recyclable – they can be included with your recyclable paper products. They’ll even custom print your design (um, even photographs) onto these cute wooden slabs. Snag a journal, scrapbook, blank business card, or the most unique wedding invitations your friends & family will ever see!
While the materials aren’t exactly as innovative as wood and poop, Cartolina‘s strengths lay in their design aesthetic. Woodblocks and classic imagery create the most amazing, intricate scenes on Cartolina’s cards. Using recycled wood that’s been certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and vegetable-based inks, they have been named the Most Environmentally Progressive Printer in Canada for the last 5 years.
What I love about these cards is the antiquated feel of each card. The typography is beautiful, and the combination of modern flourishes against anachronistic images, covered in vivid hues makes my heart beat faster! Cartolina also offers notebooks and pocket mirrors boasting the same designs as their cards. Dreamy!
Any of these beautiful companies will offer you a product that your friends and family won’t soon forget! I love it when you can stand out from the crowd while doing amazing things for the environment by shopping consciously and creatively.