Green is in nowadays, as practically everybody is jumping into the bandwagon of the earth-conscious mentality. A little contribution to the effort goes a long way; you can do your part by using recycled paper for your wedding invitations.
If you’re thinking that it won’t amount to anything in a global scale, consider this: each ton of recycled paper can save seventeen trees, seven thousand gallons of water, all the while keeping about sixty pounds of pollutants from the atmosphere while saving energy equal to that produced by 380 gallons of petroleum.
A ton wouldn’t be possible without a ream, so whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or a grand church ceremony, invites made out of recycled paper can make all the difference.
Recycled paper is either made with a high recycled content, essentially pulp from previously-used paper, or is made out of alternative sourced of fiber, like hemp and bamboo. The appearance of the wedding invite won’t suffer either, as recycled paper is now available in luxurious and stylish alternatives. It comes in various shades of color as well, a big improvement from the few color options (which are mostly in earth tones) previously available.
Recycled paper is at par with conventional paper products in terms of cost, quality, and usability, but to ensure that the products you use for your wedding invitations are as eco-friendly as possible, look for these three must-haves the next time you shop for recycled wedding invites: a high level (100% is ideal) of Post Consumer Content, meaning that the paper is really made out of reclaimed fibers; a Forest Stewardship Council certificate which ensures that the fibers used for the product were obtained responsibly; and that it is free from Chlorine processing, opting for bleaching methods which are safer for the environment.
The look and texture of recycled paper are ideal for wedding invites, as they exude a warmth which won’t be achieved with conventional paper. You can maximize the effect by personalizing each invitation, having it done by hand calligraphy for as much as your budget can allow; if the wedding is intimate, this lends a feel of exclusivity on the entire affair.
Have the menus and table markers done in calligraphy as well. If, on the other hand, the recipients are numerous (as is with grand church weddings), having the invites printed is the more practical way of doing it. And although majority of the printing outfits still employ conventional printing methods, ask if yours is willing to opt for inks which are more eco-friendly (with a soy or vegetable base).
A newer variety of earth-friendly paper is also available, using alternative, tree-free materials, such as crops and agricultural residues (flax fibers, and leftovers like grain straws, grass clippings, and sugarcane or banana stalk fibers).
You can also send a message by using recycled paper with seeds embedded in the material! These contain an assortment of wildflower seeds, and can be planted as is in a garden or in a pot. The processing of such paper ensures that the seeds can germinate in ideal conditions, which means that they should get enough moisture for the first four to eight weeks, and enjoy sunlight for at least four hours a day.
How’s that for a double message of hope!