Eco friendly greetings cards

Eco friendly greetings cards

We love our suppliers, which is why we’re so thrilled to host this guest blog by Jess from Jess A Little Creative all about eco friendly greetings cards. We love her unique style and the range of designs, as well as her commitment to inclusivity through her range of inclusive cards as well as her dedication to sustainability. I hope you love reading all about her and what she does.

Eco-friendly greeting cards and why they’re important with Jess A Little Creative

I have been supplying Eco-Able in Cirencester with eco-friendly greeting cards for nearly 18 months now, and so I was delighted when the lovely Dani invited me to write a guest blog for her website. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jess and I run Jess A Little Creative, a sustainable greeting card business, from my home studio in Cheltenham. 

I am incredibly passionate about creating thoughtful, unique greeting cards to encourage more meaningful connection between lovely folk like you. But an absolute non-negotiable for me is that my business has to be sustainable. One of the (many!) reasons I adore Eco-Able is owner Dani’s incredible attitude and approach to living sustainably. Her ethos of taking small actions, and her tireless efforts to educate others about how all these small actions will add up to have a much bigger environmental impact, is so inspirational. 

Why should greeting cards be eco-friendly?

Greeting cards need to be eco-friendly, simply due to the sheer volume of them that are created. Millions and millions of greeting cards are sold and sent each year, so it is vitally important that they are created in the most eco-friendly and sustainable way possible. Greeting card companies all have a responsibility to ensure their cards are sustainable.

Jess A Little Creative, my greeting card business, was born from my love of illustrating, combined with a gap in the market for thoughtful cards, to help encourage genuine connection. I try to design cards that you will want to keep. Special, thoughtful greeting cards that you can frame, or treasure in a keepsake box or scrapbook for years to come. I am trying to encourage everyone to be more mindful and thoughtful with greeting cards; taking time to choose a special design and writing a thoughtful message inside. All these considerations avoid it becoming just another throw-away item. 

What to look out for when buying eco-friendly greeting cards 

Of course, I’m under no illusion that every card will be kept and treasured. Which is why at every stage of my creative process here at Jess A Little Creative I have sustainability at the forefront of my mind. Here are just a few things I do to ensure my greeting cards are sustainable:

  • All cards are designed and printed in the UK (the family-run printing company I use   power their warehouse with solar energy!)
  • Cards are printed on a slightly textured, gorgeously thick, FSC-certified board. It is made from recycled cup fibres making it 100% recyclable and sustainable. 
  • All cards are supplied with 100% recycled kraft brown envelopes.
  • All cards are packaged ‘naked’ (without clear sleeves). If I ever do need to package my cards (for a craft market or if a customer requests it) I use biodegradable clear sleeves made from vegetable starch, which are completely plastic-free.
  • I partner with Ecologi, meaning for every order placed on my website, a tree is planted, helping reduce my carbon emissions and give something back to the environment.

I am far from perfect, but I try my best. And that is why I love Eco-Able’s approach to sustainability. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be making a conscious effort, and trying. If we all do that, we have the potential to make a really positive environmental change. 

The future of eco-friendly greeting cards 

I started Jess A Little Creative to encourage connection. We live in a world that is predominantly digital, fast-paced and lacking in human connection. Greeting cards are so important to help us bridge that gap in connection. They offer love and support to our loved ones during all the highs and lows that life throws our way. 

Thankfully, I see many greeting card designers, businesses and individuals making a conscious effort to be more sustainable (though of course there is always more that can be done). So the next time you need a greeting card, head to a sustainable shop like Eco-Able, where you know shopkeepers like Dani work tirelessly to supply you with eco-friendly greeting cards sourced from sustainable businesses. It’s one small extra way you can be that bit more sustainable in your everyday life. 

Please head to jessalittlecreative.com to find out more about my range of eco-friendly greeting cards and my approach to running a sustainable business, or say hello over on Instagram (@jessalittlecreative).

Thanks for reading! Jess x

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