Monday, January 19, 2009
Green Weddings Part 2: Invitations
When creating a "green" wedding you want to keep a certain principle in mind, how to create an elegant affair with the least amount of impact to the environment. This principle can help direct your every step as you plan a great, elegant and eco-friendly event. There are several areas in which you can incorporate environmentally friendly elements.
Part one of my "green" weddings series introduced you to eco-friendly options for your wedding dress. In this post I would like to show you different options for your invitations. There are many options for eco-friendly invitations. You can consider 100% recycled paper, partially recycled paper, or completely tree free paper for your wedding invitations and other stationery.
Earthly Affair is company who grew out of the lack of environmentally friendly invitations that were also stylish. This company is "green" not only in the finished product, but also in their production methods, shipping methods and other recycling efforts. They offer two options for their invitations. One is a 100% pcw, which means it uses no new trees and averts waste from landfills. The second is a cotton paper, FSC certified for responsible forest management and consists of partially recycled content.
Sweet Invitations offers an elegant line of handmade papers, made entirely from tree-free and recycled materials. These handmade papers are made from discarded cotton cloth. Visit their site for additional recycling fun facts. Primarily a handmade paper supplier, they will provide printed invitations at an additional cost.
Bella Figura has an exquisite line of invitations. They use environmental papers, either tree-free or a high recycled content and soy inks. 100% cotton paper made from reclaimed fibers is used for their invitations and envelope liners are made from 30% recycled paper.They also support various environmental causes, they donate 1% of sales to environmental organizations.
Botanical paperworks creates plantable paper (called Garden Greetings™) is "tree-free", so that no trees were cut down to make this plantable paper. The base fiber is cotton or 100% post-consumer waste. And the paper is made with pure North American wildflower seeds by skilled papermakers. Not only will you send of a wonderful eco-friendly invitation but, you're giving the your guests a lasting memento of the event. As the flowers bloom in their garden, they'll remember you and the special day of which they were a part.
Your wedding announcement or invitation can set the tone for your environmentally friendly wedding. There are many options for you and you do not have to compromise on style. Be inspired to create an elegant affair while minimizing your impact on the environment.