I are keen to try and make the stationery we design as eco-friendly as possible and this is how I do it:
I use cardboard boxes to package up stationery, which are fully recyclable and made from recycled cardboard. They have no branding on so they can be reused.
Stationery is normally wrapped up in tissue paper that is acid free. It is made from 99% recycled pulp fibres and approx 35% of the electricity used to make it is produced from renewable sources.
We tend to print onto 2 types of card: Colorplan and Conqueror
Colorplan: luxury, subtly textured card.
As well as being fully recyclable and biodegradable, Colorplan is FSC certified, meaning that it is made with pulp from well-managed forests. It is also heavy metal free and because the bleaching process avoids the use of harmful chlorine. It is classified ECF.
Conqueror: smooth card
Conqueror is FSC certified as well, which means it is made with pulp from well-managed forests.
The vast majority of printing is outsourced so that I can concentrate on designing, however I still strive for ways of making more eco friendly choices. Currently my invite printers recycle all their waste products from ink tins, plates, pallets, paper and plastic as well as using a green energy supplier. We have agreed to not use unnecessary packaging, such as bubble wrap, and even the cardboard boxes our invites are delivered in are reused for future jobs.
The electricity I use to fuel our computers comes from 100% renewable sources.