Opting for green wedding invitations really does save trees. Every ton of recycled paper used saves 17 trees, so you can make a difference by helping to reduce the amount of virgin paper used. Green wedding invitations are available from socially responsible printers in a variety of options including:
- Partially recycled paper
- 100% recycled paper
- Completely tree free papers made of hemp, banana stalks, bamboo, kenaf, or organic cotton
- Plantable papers
Inks that are vegetable or soy-based are excellent alternatives to traditional printing methods that are rife with noxious chemicals and green wedding invitations may include calligraphy, which is environmentally friendly. The best type of green wedding invitation is not printed and sent through the post, it is entirely paper free and is sent via email. In addition to invitations, all forms of wedding correspondence including save the date cards and thank you notes can be sent electronically, greatly reducing the amount of paper used. Consider setting up a personalized wedding website for centralized communication with your guests.
The reality is that there are still people who are not connected to the virtual world and therefore the printing of some invitations is a likelihood. In the spirit of sending green wedding invitations, minimize the mailings and instead of enclosing multiple cards, consolidate the information onto one card. Cut down on the amount of paper consumed at the wedding by reducing the number of programs – print one program per couple – and instead of placing a menu at every setting, print one or two for the table. In lieu of place cards, have an attractive poster on an easel that lists the table seating information, or have a buffet or food stations and eliminate the need for menus and place cards all together.
Every socially responsible action benefits the environment. Choosing green wedding invitations will save trees. To order green wedding invitations