Plan Your Next Event with Eco-Friendly Invitations

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eco friendly wedding invitesWhether you are planning a birthday party, a wedding or an anniversary, you will most likely want to send out invites to all your party guests.

These come in a vast amount of styles and materials, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that is perfect for that special event.

However, not all invitations are created equally.

While some leave an ugly stain on our environment, others rise above to find green (and stylish) alternatives. If you are one of the many people that do not want to contribute to the already overflowing landfills by using non-recyclable paper products, there are plenty of ways to send out gorgeous event invitations without sacrificing quality or style.

Most Eco-Friendly: Electronic Invites

With so many people hooked into the World Wide Web and email, electronic event invites are the most earth-friendly way to add people to your guest list.

These “cards” are offered all over the Internet and often times are free to use.

They come in a variety of styles to fit any occasion and can be sent in the blink of an eye – great for last minute party planning or add-on guests. In addition, you can choose one or many designs to complete your theme (so each guest gets a unique invite).

This type of a card also gives you the freedom to write whatever you want inside or to stick with their pre-designed verse.

If you are a little hesitant about this idea, check out Evite’s website and browse their online invitations. You will be pleasantly surprised by just how many layouts there are and how personal you can make these invitations, even though it is electronic.

Recycled Paper

As we move forward with an earth-conscious mentality, why not embrace options that utilized recycled textiles? Some of these papers are coarser in feel while others have a beautifully textured finish.

While you may be under the impression that such options are hard to find and pricier, you may be surprised to learn that more and more larger companies are jumping on the bandwagon, as exemplified by the generous selection of affordable ecofriendly wedding invitations David’s Bridal has on its website.

Along the lines of the recycled paper is the handmade paper. A great attribute of this recycled invite, is the paper tends to have different specks or patterns when it is pressed back together. This makes a lovely design on each invite lending its own beauty and flair to whatever you use it for.

Smaller Means Less Paper to Waste

Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to invitations.

To help save our planet and the destruction of trees, why not use a simple postcard for your next event?

The smart thing about this style is that you don’t need an envelope to mail it in – this alone cuts down on extra paper. Plus, you can write all your important information on the back. P

ostcards are becoming more popular for quick invites that aren’t necessarily going to become a keepsake. Browse unique vintage-inspired Etsy postcard invitations like the ones created by Golden Rectangle Press, which are also Green e-certified.

Think Outside of the Traditional Invite

If you are planning a fun party, wedding or birthday event, then you may not have to use paper at all to get your guests excited and ready for the time of their life.

For example, if you are planning a fun luau or beach-themed gathering, then try using those recycled water bottles for a unique invite. Fill each one with colored or normal sand (local beach or craft stores) and pop a rolled up piece of paper (recycled, of course) with your party plans printed on it. Tighten the lid, add a fun, sun-shiny sticker or ribbon and then hand deliver to your guests. It’s fun and you are definitely doing your part to save the planet.

When doing a non-traditional invite, the important thing is to look for inexpensive items around your house that can be recycled into a fun-themed way to let your guests know about your special occasion.

If you are having only a handful of attendees, then let the kids make each invitation from art supplies they have already. Molding clay, feathers, paints, glitter, markers and glue, can all end up contributing to cool invites that the children will love to participate in.

If your are planning a baby shower, you can use inexpensive booties and print a small piece of paper with the details of your plans on it. Tuck each little note into the top of the bootie and be sure to let each guest know to bring their baby-bootie-invite with them.

As they enter into your party room, have the guests throw their bootie-invite into a decorated basket.  It’s totally eco-friendly and mom-to-be will have enough baby booties to keep her little one’s feet warm until they outgrow them.

We don’t have to be adding to Earth’s carbon footprint each time we have an invitation that needs to go out. Use email, recycled or handmade paper and even other items to let your guests know you want them to help you celebrate that special occasion.

1 Comment

  1. [email protected] eco friendly homemaking on January 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Oh I like these ideas!! I especially like the one using the water bottles and sand. Such a cute idea!

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