We've found a selection of sustainable wedding stationery perfect for an eco friendly celebration...
While sending a WhatsApp or email invite would be a truly eco-friendly wedding invite, it's just not the same as a beautifully designed piece of stationery that fits in with your wedding theme. Thankfully, there are plenty of designers around that are creating sustainable options.
Here are some of the businesses we love that create eco-friendly wedding day invites and stationery.
Best for… Paper with a difference
While many green wedding stationery providers use recycled paper, Little Green Wedding utilise a variety of unusual materials for their invites.
As well as using embedded seed paper, invites come in a choice of recycled cotton paper or elephant poo paper – that’s right, they make their invites out of poop! Handmade in India from elephant poo and cotton fibres, each sheet of this paper is unique in colour and hand made. It’s not only sustainable but it also provides a source of income for the elephant sanctuaries they work with. The cotton paper is made from waste from the textile industry - from old t-shirts to socks, dresses and even jeans! 100% tree-free, they come in a range of unique shades.
Their beautiful designs work well with the unusual paper, creating a wedding invite to remember.
BEST FOR… LASTING MORE THAN THE BIG DAY
Based in Cornwall, Laura creates wedding stationery inspired by nature. All of her wedding stationery is printed in house, using beautiful eco-friendly papers, alongside recycled Kraft envelopes.
Just as we like to recycle our wedding dress off cuts, Laura attempts to keep wastage to a minimum. Any off cuts or waste printed paper is recycled or shredded to create packaging, while all of her ink cartridges are recycled to help a local charity.
Laura Likes is also certified as being carbon positive. Ecologi have calculated the carbon footprint of the business and not only plant trees in their name every month, but also fund world-leading climate change solutions to offset the impact of the business.
Another lovely and unique touch that Laura offers is printing her eco-friendly wedding stationery on plantable seed paper, meaning that your big day invite can last a whole lot longer than just one day.
BEST FOR… BEING PAPERLESS
Digital invites don’t have to be ugly as these ones by Paperless Post show. Not only do they feature designs by Oscar de la Renta and Kate Spade, but the many designs are all easily customisable, allowing you to even upload photos of you and your intended.
It doesn’t stop there! As well as providing you with a shareable link to send as you like, whether via email or text message, Paperless Post also tracks opens and RSVPs, allows you to communicate instantly with guests and also take adult verses child head counts. They are literally like your very own wedding PA!
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BEST FOR… DOING IT YOURSELF
If you want to save yourself some cost – and add a personal touch by handwriting your invites - these gorgeously rustic invites from Russet and Gray are the ones for you.
Made out of Kraft paper, which is more eco-friendly than typical bleached white paper, the cards are ready to write on. Simply fill in the blanks with your handwriting to create your own set of personalised invitations at a much more affordable price than bespoke invites.
Kraft paper is also naturally biodegradable. The paper breaks down into cellulose fibres naturally in just a few weeks, absorbed by the environment without any impact on the environment.
BEST FOR… Minimalist DESIGNS
Not every eco-conscious bride wants wedding invites covered in flora and fauna, so if you’re more of a minimalist, Peony Rose could be the stationery designer for you.
Their simple designs are modern, yet stylish, and each can be personalised for your wedding day. They are printed onto recyclable, FSC certified card stock using vegetable-based inks. Everything is designed and printed within the UK and while the standard is high, their beautiful invites are also affordable.
BEST FOR… Wedding stationery and more!
Not only do Papertree create environmentally friendly invites, but they also create beautiful favours, decorations and more. Their buttonholes (above) are super realistic and ensure a memento long after the big day has occurred.
Using recycled and FSC paper, all their products are ultimately biodegradable or recyclable. Some paper flowers are made from mulberry paper, a perennial, which regenerates itself after harvest and is therefore a sustainable resource. The bark can be made into a natural paper without destroying the tree.
Most of the products are handmade in the UK, and those that are created overseas are made by a small family enterprise, with ethical working practices, who provide valuable employment for local women.
They have also been members of 1% for the Planet since 2013 and give 1% of all sales to environmental organisations.