Eco Week- Eco Chic Invitations

{Eco-Chic Invitations: Buy and DIY}

Turquoise and brick red wedding invitation
Image by Bella Figura

According to Pantone, turquoise is the hot new wedding color for 2010. Not sure how Pantone decides these things, but when I saw this invitation from Bella Figura, I was like, "HELLO!"

Their website announces, "Because we want to make the world a better place, we're a wind-powered, carbon neutral, and eco-friendly letterpress shop, and we donate 1% of sales to environmental causes." Bella Figura prints on cotton paper and uses vegetable-based inks. Cotton paper is especially wonderful with letterpress because the letterpress makes such a deep impression on the paper

Looking to go green with your invitations?

  • Look for papers make from alternative, renewable fibers such as hemp bamboo or cotton.
  • Use 100% post consumer recycled paper.
  • Choose eco-friendly inks. Most Ink is make from petroleum. Opt for soy-based or vegetable-based ink instead.
  • Splurge on letterpress. Letter press printing is especially eco-friendly because letterpress printers hand feed their paper through the printer, cutting down on the energy

Eco-Friendly DIY Invitations

This is a bit trickier, but still doable.

  • DIY Look out for seals FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified
  • Green seal, which means the paper is at least 30% post-consumer fiber
  • Green E certified paper, which means the paper is made with renewable energy, such as wind or solar power

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